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    Best Ever Fielding XI

    I couldn't see anywhere where this had been done recently - though I'm sure its been done. The third paceman was difficult - I had a mental blank about any quicks who can actually field aside from Flintoff and Lee - no doubt someone can suggest something.

    Bob Simpson
    Mark Taylor
    Ricky Ponting
    Mark Waugh
    Jonty Rhodes (c)
    Andrew Flintoff
    Andrew Symonds
    Don Tallon (wk)
    Shane Warne
    Brett Lee
    Another decent fielding quick.

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    A slips cordon of Simpson, Taylor, Warne and Waugh, with Tallon keeping woud be pretty damn imposing - not much is going down there.
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    Botham, Sobers and Hammond all spring to mind. There's got to be some other ground fielders who are worthy of a spot too - it can't be all slippers.
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    I reckon McGrath is damn good in the out field.

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    I'll stick Botham in for now. Mark Waugh was great as a slip and as a ground fielder. Taylor might be the slip who'd go first, I'm sure there have been other openers who were great ground fielders. Boonie opened and made square leg his own, maybe he should go in.


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    Roger Harper was outstanding if you want 2 spinners.
    Around the square - Clive Lloyd, Derek Randall & Colin Bland spring to mind.
    Solkar was supposed to be amazing at bat-pad.


    Oh, and Hadlee could field. There's the famous running catch he took to deprive himself of all 10 against Aus in the mid80's.

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    The really outstanding fast bowler-fielder was Keith Boyce. I'll leave it there.
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    1. Bob Simpson - First Slip
    2. Mark Taylor - Second Slip
    3. David Boon - Short Leg
    4. Colin Bland - Cover
    5. Ricky Ponting - Mid-off
    6. Jonty Rhodes - Backward Point
    7. Ian Botham - Third Slip
    8. Ian Healy - Wicketkeeper
    9. Roger Harper - Mid-on
    10. Brett Lee - Fine Leg
    11. Kerry O' Keeffe - Gully
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    Unless Bland was an allrounder (apologies, I'm not familiar with him), you've only got two quicks. I'd think you'd have to have Symonds in this team.

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    To be honest, I'm not entirely worried about team balance - the most important factor is the fielding.

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    Oh and before Dizzy#4 asks, yes Gillespie's 200 does merit his selection in this XI.

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    A fielding XI is not compleate without a spelist fielder you know! PD Collingwood!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy
    8. Ian Healy - Wicketkeeper
    Healy is probably the best keeper I've seen, but those who saw Tallon all seem united in insisting he was the most gifted keeper ever. Harvey rates him as being the best keeper ever by the same margin that he rates Bradman the best batsmen ever. (The fact he played with Tallon might colour that comment somewhat, but lots of others seem to agree he was the best).

    He was also a better bat than his record indicates - he lost what seemed likely to be his most productive years with the bat during WWII.

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    Collingwood would be the first name on my team sheet......and Pontings best mate Gary Pratt
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    So
    Simpson
    Taylor
    Ponting
    Mark Waugh
    Rhodes
    Collingwood
    Botham
    Symonds
    Tallon
    Warne
    Lee

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    Yuvraj and/or Kaif have to be in the list.

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