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SCOTT THORNTON PROFILE
Potential Hall of Famer
Playing Role: Big hitting all rounder
Batting Style: 6 or out
Bowling Style: Nippy right arm medium fast
Superstars Debut: 2010
Official Roles: None, except target for Ashes wind ups.
Career stats, as at the end of the 2011 Season
Caps
I
NO
Runs
Avge
50s
100s
HS
Ct
St
23
19
9
316
31.60
-
-
40no
4
-
O
M
R
W
Avge
Econ
S.R.
5wI
61.5
1
365
13
28.08
5.90
28.54
-
Scott comes from a long and prestigious line of confectioners and chocolatiers. In 1901 his great great, great, great uncle, Joseph William Thornton left Australia and embarked on a long journey to sell his unique collection of chocolates in the UK, finally settling in Sheffield where the first Thorntons shop was opened.
A brief glance at this robust Australian confirms that a taste for chocolate remains very much in the gene pool and forms the basis of his nick name - Scott 'The Brazil Nut' Thornton. So named owing to his chocolate impersonatorís round base with a nut on top.
However, unlike his chocolate covered namesake it is rare for Big Al (an Brazil) to melt when the heat is on. With the ball in hand he bowls a lively pace with a good line and has a one of the best arms in the side.
It is with the bat that he is most feared and boundaries are very much on the cards whenever he is at the crease. This year he has introduced a forward defensive shot, which alongside the slog sweep, forms the basis of his run making armoury. Cricket, like his attitude to chocolate is very much a case of all or nothing.
As a relative newcomer to the squad Scott is yet to make any of the illustrious 'clubs' however his batting average of 31.60 would suggest it won't take him long to get there - that currently puts him in 11th place overall. As an all rounder he's already looking like he could be one of those rare people to make it into the batting, bowling and fielding gold standards.
Here is some analysis from the 2011 stats regarding Scott's batting style-
Statistical Analysis
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