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    I wish we had Ricky Ponting playing for us......

    ..... Is the common phrase said by many a people (including myself) in our 1st XI. The question is often debated, how many runs would someone like Ricky Ponting score if they played in the Aire Wharfe Valley C division? I say they would hit every ball (barring 1 or 2) for 6. Thoughts?
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    Would literally never get out, if his heart was in it. That is, if he was captaining Australia in your league. I doubt he would care to ton up if he played for a regular league side though.
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    Nah. Even a world-class batsman mistimes the odd ball that they really shouldn't. Look at the amount of batsmen who get out to long-hops; they can hit the ball literally anywhere and get themselves out through poor selection.

    That being said he'd probably score like, millions of runs
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    Ricky Ponting doesn't usually get out to long hops though. Average balls at times, yes, but long hops, unlikely.


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    You have to remember the bats they use and the stupidly short boundaries (compared to international level). He could literally get it on the last mm of the bat and still send it for a big 6.

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    Okay, but long hops was just an example. I'm sure he'd face balls better than some that he's got out to in his first class/list a career

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    You have to remember the bats they use and the stupidly short boundaries (compared to international level). He could literally get it on the last mm of the bat and still send it for a big 6.
    Yeah, hadn't thought of that admittedly.

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    Cronje was named 'Audi' in his first year in the Birmingham League after getting 4 ducks in a row.

    Ponting would score a pile of runs but strange things could also happen.
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    Would score more hundreds than fail... he could easily end with an average in four figures if he put his mind to it. Looking at the overseas players playing in our local leagues - and these aren't first-class players - they rarely fail. One Queenslander, who's just been given a full state contract, ran up four consecutive tons in April and May.

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    It really all depends on where Jerome Taylor is playing his cricket.

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    Ponting being Ponting, someone who likes to score runs and score more runs completely regardless of the situation and team, I'd back him to do better than most would.

    On odd freakish occasions he might have a bad spell, but it wouldn't last very long.

    Whether he'd never get out is doubtful - even if he did put his mind unerringly to it - but he could very easily do extraordinary things which no run-of-the-mill club batsman could comprehend.
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    I could see him getting something like 500 runs in a 50 over match TBH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    I could see him getting something like 500 runs in a 50 over match TBH.
    Facing around 150 balls... averaging around 3.5 runs a ball...could be done, Napier did it the other day. Possibility that he skies one though. If he batted fairly conservatively - i.e. not smashing across the line, even if he was going to six-hit a lot - then he'd be 250* at the end of a 50 over innings. If he bowled his offspin properly as well he'd be pretty useful, especially towards the end of the season when he'd practiced a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Facing around 150 balls...
    Any batsman that far above the field should easily be able to face at least 220-230 deliveries in a 50-over match. Then there's the possibility of no-balls too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Any batsman that far above the field should easily be able to face at least 220-230 deliveries in a 50-over match. Then there's the possibility of no-balls too.
    True. So 400 looks reasonable. Of course, the chances of him getting out also go up.

    Wouldn't have thought anyone would have the interest in batting for so long and so pointlessly though...

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