Maybe, but it doesn't mean you're the best against pace in your side and the best against spin in your side. Ponting is clearly the best batsman in Australia, but I would say Clarke might be better vs. spin.I was expecting that reply. If you're the best batsman in a Test side then you should be awesome against pace and spin IMO
I'd have to disagree. Like I said, if Ponting were in the Indian team, he'd be the best batsman right now, and I wouldn't want him at #3. When Gavaskar was batting, he was the best batsman, and he opened and I don't think I would have wanted him at #3. Same with Boycott in England.You are right, I do reckon that the best batsmen tend to end up at 3 though. But obviously, batsmen are best batting where they are best suited, I concur.
Ideally though, I would hope my best batsman would be great at 3
Either have him open, or have him go at #4. In India, I think we need a rock type player whose job is to stick around and build partnerships more than anything, at #3. We don't usually get the starts Australia do. Unless he feels the most comfortable at #3, then you'd find a place for him there, because your best player does need to feel comfortable. But assuming he didn't have a big preference of his own, I'd make him open or go a little lower down.Fair enough with Gavaskar and Boycott who are obviously going to open. But where would you bat Ponting?