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    Ricky Ponting vs Steve Waugh

    Who would you rate as a better batsman and captain: Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting?

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    As batsmen: This is a hard choice. Steve Waugh was very much a gritty and determined player. I don't think he had the natural talent and flair of Ponting. However, he was still a great batsmen who was the anchor of Australia's middle order for many years. Ponting, as I have said, is a better natural player and is really one of the best to watch when he gets going. Result, a tie

    As a captain: Waugh hands down. He led Australia through one of the best periods for them in Test history. His on-field captaincy was superb, as well as his man management. Everyone respected him I feel. However, Ponting has shown he is not as confident. He places men back on the boundary at odd times and doesn't go for the kill. A bit too conservative. Also, he is a bit lost when it comes to field placings

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    As a captain Taylor greater than Ponting and Waugh. Dont rate either too highly.

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    As a captain and batsman, Waugh.


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    As a test batsman and as Captain, Steve waugh by a big margin.

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    Waugh by a fair margin, as I argued in another thread. Ponting doesn't give off the vibe that he knows what he's doing out there, and I still feel that the "leadership group"'s proclamations that they have him covered lets us know he doesn't.

    I wouldn't completely blame him for what's happening this series (although some things, such as the second-test toss screwup, holding Warne back and having no belief in a third man haven't helped), because we've been fairly outplayed, but Vaughan has easily had the better of him.
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    Waugh on both counts for me.
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    Steve Waugh as both Batsman & Captain
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    Steve Waugh was the better captain by far. Batting wise, he was more dependable, and much more likely to do the impossible under pressure. Ponting, while having a great gift for batting, seems to be unable to handle pressure that well, both as a captain and a basman.
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    Steve Waugh on both counts.
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    Waugh definitely.
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    Waugh in both area's for sure

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    Waugh as captain and Ponting as batsman.

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    On natural talent - perhaps Ricky Ponting, whilst Steve Waugh has had to change his over aggressive style to be come a successfull Test batsman (and perhaps a great player) but overall I go for Waugh on both counts.
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