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    Ponting to drop down the order?

    Ohhh...my first thread in cricket chat for a long time:

    Should Ponting drop down the order from 3 to say 5 or 6? He has been a great servant for Australian cricket and if it wasn't for Bradman would probably be rated as our greatest ever first drop.

    But, you get the sense he is not as flash as he was at number 3. Perhaps it is time for him to come in later in the order. It may be the only way he can stay in the side until 2013 if he drops down the order. Steve Waugh did it and Alan Border did it before him, so it's not unheard of. Ponting also got the 3 while the existing captain was still in the side, so it might be time for Clarke to step up.

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    My initial thought is no, but seeing it as a way to prolong a career and blood new #3's (which is the lynchpin in all batting orders), I'd actually like to see it.

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    If anyone is going to bat @ 3 in the future long term its either Watson or Ferguson i'd say. ATM i'm not sure what Ponting should do, but i dont think its time for him to move down from # 3 just yet.

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    Come down and face more spin - yea, that makes sense.


    No, I think he's fine where he is. Yes, he is on a decline, but I don't really see how it will help him or the team if he's at five instead of three.
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    Been advocating Ponting at four for a while.
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    No, he shouldn't. Yes he's in decline, but he's still better than anyone else going around, if he was to drop down then no lower than 4, and Clarke is certainly not a number 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rant0r View Post
    No, he shouldn't. Yes he's in decline, but he's still better than anyone else going around, if he was to drop down then no lower than 4, and Clarke is certainly not a number 3
    Time to blood a pretender IMO.

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    Pretenders to no.3 should be blooded at no.5/6 first.

    Unless you're New Zealand.

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    The only guys in the country who I'd actually have enough faith in to bat at three at the moment are Hussey and Katich who are nearly as old as Ponting so there's not alot of point, and Watson.

    I think Watson is Australia's next long term number 3.

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    Ideally Ponting should drop down the order however considering the alternatives are currently worse than him he has to stay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    Ideally Ponting should drop down the order however considering the alternatives are currently worse than him he has to stay

    Watson's not worse than him

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    Whats the point of dropping down the order?

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    His for will come back,not to the godly levels it used to but he'll still get back to a top class #3 given time. Although Watson at 3 and Hughes at the top could be alright too.

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    I don't really agree with the doom predictions re: Ponting. He's not the player he used to be but it was only a few matches ago he looked in blistering form against WI. He's had one of his worst summers but I'd be surprised if he's done for as a quality test bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    I don't really agree with the doom predictions re: Ponting. He's not the player he used to be but it was only a few matches ago he looked in blistering form against WI. He's had one of his worst summers but I'd be surprised if he's done for as a quality test bat.
    His main problem is that he has given away umpteen starts in the past 18 months and he never used to do that (ave when he got past 20 used to be well over 80)

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