Obviously the figures don't lie since 2002 and 2003, the amount of runs he has scored has been incredible, if gluttony were run scoring, he would be long dead.
However, that is not the point of my thread though, where does he sits in terms of being considered a great player, IMO he can be and is, but is it possible he can be considered an all-time great player and would he have been as successfull if he played in past era's (from the 80's onwards)? Or even stack up to the past greats, I know it is hard to compare era's, so do the best you can.
He certainly has got runs in all conditions and has played some brilliant knocks. I guess two of them stand out in his 156 against England at OT in 2005 his match-winner against Bangladesh last year. Don't knock it and say 'it's only Bangladesh', because it wasn't that easy as Bangladesh put on a good first total, got a first innings lead and set over 300 runs to win, and they were more competitive then South Africa were their most recent Test series before the Bangladesh tour and England in last year's Ashes, even if it were just one Test match and Australia only got home by three wickets. Too discredit that knock would be grossly unfair and an insult to how Bangladesh played in that game.
I know people (I don't mean any malice) like CC and HB will point out the obvious, about his record in India, but his first time there and it was then Ponting >>>>>> to curent Ponting, 2001 was a form slump and I agree with that (tbf all players have poor series) and in 2004 he missed three Tests with a broken finger (might have been thumb actually IIRC) and played the last Test on a farcial wicket. Plus he has got runs in Pakistan and Sri Lanka and has got runs in ODIs, ok it is a different game, but the pitches, outfields, grounds are the same and the bowlers (to an extent) are as well.
And if somebody went down that angle then I could point out Rahul Dravid in return, true he averages 48 against Australia, but that is because of his knocks of 233 and 180 in 00/01 and 03/04. And if you took out his 233 his average is a mere 31 in Australia, not 56. Anyway I went off track there and won't harp on too much about it, it was an example I used.
I guess the point of this thread wasn't to creat discussion based on his stats, but if you look much further then that and and actually watch him bat (ie you see if his feet were moving well etc.) and where his standing would be compared to the past legends of the game.
So what do you think?