Thread title a very personal question tbh.
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I don't really see much of an issue dropping him down to 4 or 5 with his reflexes slowing a touch. Depends who you want to bring in and whether they could bat at 3. Khawaja looks like he might be a number 3 if he is picked
Yet another unnecessary discussion about Ponting. Spare him!
He is one of the best bat @ No.3 in international cricket.
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I don't know why everyone is so keen on seeing him slide down the order, he remains by far the best man to bat at #3 and that's where he should stay, all he needs to do is improve his concentration becuase atm it just seems like batting is not the only thing in his mind when he's at the crease.
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I don't understand, who would be better at 3?
There is no evidence that Clarke will be better, nor Hussey.
Obviously not North, not his replacement (unless you think Khawaja/Ferguson/Dussey are currently better batsman than Ponting)...
it's one of the more confusing arguments.
Either drop Ponting, or play him where he bats best.
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Jono on the mark again here, if there is no obvious alternative to Punter at 3 for now then why move him.
He may only have a couple more weeks left of his career anyway so it may not need discussing soon. Can't see him being retained as captain if they lose the series and he has always intimated he won't play unless he is captain so it could be bye bye Ricky after the ashes/world cup.
I would keep him at 3. 1.Watson 2.Hughes 3.Ponting 4.Clarke 5.Hussey 6.Khuwaja 7.Haddin 8.Warne (I know dreaming) 9.Harris 10.Nannes/Tait/Lee ANYONE PLEASE!! 11.Johnson- hopefully he magically regains form overnight
I think your number 8 is far more likely to happen than your number 10.
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I definitely don't support moving Clarke or Hussey up, and now that Katich is injured I don't support moving Ponting at all.
Watson at 3 kind of made sense, but even then he could just bat 4.
Katich has batted lower order before, so moving Ponting from 3 and replacing him with a guy of a similar age who has experience at 5 and 6 is ridiculous.
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