Originally Posted by Flametree
Hadn't realised just how long it took Ponting to get going. I had a look at his cumulative averages courtesy of statsguru... that 30 match average of 38.62 came after a pair in the home series vs Pakistan (following a duck in his only innings in the first test). Bowled Waqar third ball, lbw Wasim fifth ball... so fairly understandable....
The top 6 was Slater, Blewett, Langer, Waugh x2, Ponting.
He then made 197 in the next test, and lots of runs in the next series vs India. I wonder how close he came to being dropped for Hayden, Martyn, Law, Lehmann or whoever else was on the scene at the time?
Considering the averages of Blewett and Langer at the time. As well as the declining form of Slater there was more talk about him moving up the order, then getting dropped again.
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