Originally Posted by Howe_zat
Yup. I think Ponting, who usually gets left out of the Aussie middle order, was significantly better than most of the opening options and it's worth the slight cheat on position.
I think it's odd that people like Hutton or Headley are played out of position in these XIs but the Don never is, surely if any no.3 is qualified to open the batting, he is.
Natural openers are generally more equipped to go down to three than the other way around, but I admire the thought you put into it.
Would it not be better to just make Ponting open himself than potentially decrease the output of your best batsman by a huge margin though? If for whatever reason it doesn't work and the batsman you shoehorn fails, you're losing a lot more with Bradman than you would with Ponting.