You could do it manually fairly easily, it just wouldn't be as convenient. As far as I know, though, there isn't anything like that. It doesn't mean there 100% isn't, since there's a lotta stuff I don't know about.
EDIT: I just stumbled across something called an "Image List" while looking for something that might suit your needs. It SOUNDS like it could be what you want, but I have no idea how to use it.
[quote="Squeemish":34oolndq]orry for the fairly noobish question here, but whats the best way to make a counter with sprites rather than a font?[/quote:34oolndq]
It's pretty easy to do with events. You just have to add to a sprite the numbers from 0 - 9 as frames and then use a loop to spawn instances of the sprite accordingly. Some knowledge about the system expressions will help. Here's an example: