I have always loved how comparable these 3 are.
One thing that interests me the most is whether those same people that had Ponting as the #1 bat back when this thread was made in 2008 would still have him #1 now. In theory they should, but I wonder if people had him #1 then on what he had done PLUS the fact he had 3-5 years left in him, and not on his career up to that point. Really interesting whether his decline would affect people's views on him.
Surely the assumption is: Steve Waugh (circa 93-95), Border (circa 82-84), and Ponting (circa 99-01).
Ponting. All three greats, obviously but I think the reason I would prefer to have Ponting in my side is that at his peak, he could do what Border and Waugh did, which is grit out tough situations and rescue his team from trouble. But I'm not sure they would be able to do what Ponting did so frequently, which is change gears, dominate attacks and shift momentum quickly towards your team. Ponting is the more complete batsman
Ponting even at his peak was getting owned by Bhajji. I am not aware of the other two being bunnies at their peak
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
AB has mentioned on air a few times over the years that he used to keep getting out to Danny Morrison. I'm confident it wasn't Harby to Ponting in India like, but just bringing up a name.
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Over 0.2: Putland to Nevill, OUT, no run, full ball swings in late to crash into his pads. Nevill is almost falling over trying to get bat on it but can't. Huge shout for LBW and Umpire Martell eventually raises the finger! P.Nevill - lbw b:Putland 0 (1 ball, 1 minute).
AB had a particular bunny, Marshall. Mind you, y'know, it's Marshall so don't really count but AB struggled with just about any slo-med swing bowler bringing the ball back late in his career. Ben Johnson nabbed him several times, FFS.
Don't remember Steve Waugh having any guys making him their bunny. Struggled on occasion with some great bowlers but would have taken at least one ton off Ambrose, Wasim, etc. too.
Can't have been too big of bunny comparison, given Johnson was at the very end of Border's career. He did fall to Marshall 11 times. The same amount of times Waugh fell to Ambrose. Waugh until the end of Marshall's career averaged 36, and 44 at the end of Ambrose's career. Border averaged 40 at the end of Marshall's career and 39 at the end of his own against the West Indies. Both Waugh and Border had exceptionally good series' against them at times averaging very high numbers.
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