Originally Posted by BulkBogan
One interesting question is how do you compare the worth of averages based on batting position...eg. is an average of 45 as an opener worth the same as 50 from a guy batting five?
It is unquestionaly more difficult to bat against the new ball than to come in at 5 so what weighting is given to runs scored at each batting position?
A good point. However, if we start giving weightage to batting position, the slope starts getting slippery, because we then have to factor in the quality of the new-ball bowlers, the weather conditions when the match/day starts etc. Plus fast bowlers can wreak havoc with the old ball too sometimes (reverse-swing). How about the freshness of the bowlers when we move onto the next day?
Anyway, I'm not sure how we can resolve the question of batting position. Do the ICC rankings take that into consideration?