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    Worst team fielding in a test innings

    I'd have to say the Sri Lankan fielding performance in this first test is as bad as I've ever seen in test cricket.

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    Well it can't be the worst because they at least held some catches. Jayasuriya's catch off Astle probably gives them a boost too.

    But certainly John Dyson should be writing an 'F' beside most of the Sri Lanka fielders.

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    It was an unbelievably bad display though.. I don't get how the sub continent teams are so much worse at fielding than the other teams in test cricket.. except for Bangladesh, they are quite classy.

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    I think its fairly easy to see why. Alot of Sub-continent kids grow up playing on the road & on grounds that basically have no grass, so there will always be a fear of diving to save a ball or just fielding in general.

    Adam Parore once said that in 1996 when NZ toured Pakistan they played at 1 ground that looked more like the scene of a drought than a cricket field.


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    Back before their new coach, Indian fielding was generally very poor. Haha Nehra!
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    Poor old Ashish Nehra, I definately think he's one of the worst i've seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim
    I think its fairly easy to see why. Alot of Sub-continent kids grow up playing on the road & on grounds that basically have no grass, so there will always be a fear of diving to save a ball or just fielding in general.

    Adam Parore once said that in 1996 when NZ toured Pakistan they played at 1 ground that looked more like the scene of a drought than a cricket field.

    I knew someone would bring that argument up but I don't really think that can be used as an excuse now for the international players.. it is a full time job for them and they have the facilities these days to improve their fielding up to a satisfactory standard.

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    No wonder, thats why ravi shastri was referring Bangladesh as the best fielding side in the sub continent.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    It was an unbelievably bad display though.. I don't get how the sub continent teams are so much worse at fielding than the other teams in test cricket.. except for Bangladesh, they are quite classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    I knew someone would bring that argument up but I don't really think that can be used as an excuse now for the international players.. it is a full time job for them and they have the facilities these days to improve their fielding up to a satisfactory standard.
    Yeah but fielding starts at the jnr level and also the international grounds aren't much better TBH, some of them have hardly any grass on the outfield. Our fielding was good under Watmore just like Bangladesh's is now. I think Dyson has to look at his training techique cus it not like he was a bad fielder, he just doesn't seem to be able to teach them how to field like he did. One other factor would have to be the lack of games, most of the guys apart from Sangakkara have only played a maxium of 5 FC games in the last 4 months or somethings.
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    The odd thing is that not all the sub continental teams are equally bad. India merely pass muster at ground fielding, but are perhaps top 3 material when it comes to holding catches anywhere on the field. Pakistan are currently a shocker at that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deja moo
    The odd thing is that not all the sub continental teams are equally bad. India merely pass muster at ground fielding, but are perhaps top 3 material when it comes to holding catches anywhere on the field. Pakistan are currently a shocker at that.

    Hmm top three, India.. thats a big call

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Hmm top three, India.. thats a big call
    Well they held more catches then Australia two summers ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    Well they held more catches then Australia two summers ago.

    Lol that is two years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Lol that is two years ago
    They've still got it. Dravid and Laxman ( except for that shocker of a game he had in the TVS cup final) are extremely reliable in the slips. The last One dayer affirmed Indias excellence in the inner circle, and well, they have always been excellent outfield catchers.

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    the problem for india is that they have some quite brilliant fielders - kaif, yuvraj, laxman, dravid and tendulkar, but they also have some really shocking ones- nehra,khan, balaji, ganguly etc. it really is a major problem in international cricket today, very few teams actually realise the importance of fielding, it has the tendency to win or lose games.
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