Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
Why would you stand there?
If someone's bowling at 100-105, and you're not standing up, the ball will carry properly 7-8 metres through on English wickets - standing 2-3 metres back is still virtually on the cut strip, gives you no reaction times, and negates stumpings.
A lot of the blokes I come up against are experience lads (35+) who like to stand out of their crease to seamers. Standing further back means by the time I flick it back at the stumps, they're back in. I'll get a stumping a fornight off seamers by standing closer than I should just to do that.
Also, the ball doesn't carry that much - surprising given what you've said about English pitches and I'm in Australia. I don't struggling being that close... maybe it's just me, I guess. It's probably 4-5 metres back against the 105-110 lads, to be fair and 2-3 to the slightly slower ones.