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    Rank the Slip Cordons

    Well I don't really know what the regular slip cordons are for today's test sides, but I'm sure some of you do. How would you rank them?

    For example, India with Dravid at first, Laxman at second and Sehwag at third.
    England with Trescothick at first, Flintoff at second and Strauss at third?

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    Ranking the slip cordons as a whole is difficult I think. I'd probably say England's is the best. Flintoff and Trescothick are good slip fielders and don't drop much, and they've got a few who can field at third I believe. The best first slip fielder to pace bowling would probably be Fleming. To spin it would be Dravid or Hayden, a fair way ahead of the competition I think. Both of them rarely drop a thing at slip, and if they do it's always nearly impossible to catch.
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    I think Australia's has gone down a bit (obviously without Taylor and M Waugh) but Hayden and Warne (despite the "dropped Ashes") are still amongst some of the best. Apart from Fleming NZ doesn't seem (to me) to have any regular slip fielders who are anything special. I'd have to say, South Africa's is probably the best...
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    Warne isn't as good in the slips as he used to be. I think a large reason he fields at first ahead of Ponting and Hayden at the moment is that he'd be a liability anywhere else. He's still a decent slip fielder, but he used to be very good, and he's certainly not now.

    Hayden never fields in the slips to pace bowling, for whatever reason, but he is a very good fielder in the gully and world class at slip to spin. His catching off Warne's bowling in the last two years or so has been flawless.


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    NZ go ok. Astle generally has a safe pair of hands, but drops a crucial one every now and then. Styris is an underrated slipper IMO. Hardly drops anything. Vincent is pretty good when he is in the Test side and fielding at 3rd.

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    Spin: Hayden - he rarely drops a thing. Has taken some amazing catches.
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    India, in between 2002-2004 had perhaps the finest slip cordon in the world, at least based on performance as they hardly dropped anything... But they have regressed to unimaginable lows now.
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    I agree probably England as a unit. Hayden is clear #1 for me, amazing slipper. Fred isn't far off, off the top of my head I can only remember one going down in recent times, which either says a lot about his skill or a lot about my memory.
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    I make no apologies whatsoever for reproducing this gem from WC2003....

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    Once again, we turn to modern technology in order to bring you the cricket from just about as close as it gets. Today, we use the DevilDucky stump-mic (pat pending) to give you a feel of what it is like to be part of the camaraderie of a 'team within a team' - the West Indian slip cordon.

    Second over
    <Carl Hooper> Looks like rain, lads. I reckon Duckworth-Lewis might come into the equation a little later in the day. Now keep on your toes and for goodness sake don't drop anything. I'm looking at you, Crystal.
    <<<snick>>>
    <Chris Gayle> (for it is he) Oops, sorry skip. The sun was in my eyes a bit I think and the ball's a bit slippy.
    <Carl> OK, Chris. Bad luck. These things happen. Now remember what I told you the other day - if you are fielding at second slip, watch the ball from the bowlers hand. Don't watch the edge of the bat - that's what great first-slippers (like me) do.
    <Chris> Right, skip. Thanks for the advice. (shouts) Sorry, Vasbert.
    <Vasbert Drakes> mutter, mutter, brown eyes'll be black and blue if you do it again mutter mutter.

    Third over
    <Carl> I've had second thoughts, Chris. You go to first slip and I'll stand at second. Now watch the edge of the bat - watch the edge of the bat all the time. Let your reactions do the rest - like the other day when Brian told you it was your round - and you'd just gone to the toilet.
    <Chris> Righto - I've got it. Watch the edge of the bat, watch the edge of the bat, watch the edge of the bat, watch th....
    <<<snick>>>
    <Carl> ...e edge of the bat what am I doing, what am I doing?
    <Mervyn Dillon> Bad luck, skipper.
    <Chris> (chuckles) Yes, bad luck, skip.
    <Carl> Don't just stand there saying 'watch the edge of the bat, you pudding.'
    <Chris> (barely containing himself) sorry.
    <Merv> If you drop another one off me you'll end up with a bigger gap in your front teeth than... (fades into the distance)

    Sixth over
    <Carl> Feel any rain in the air?
    <Chris> I think I felt a few spots. Nothing to worry about though. Just a drop....
    <<<snick>>>
    <Carl> Oops.
    <Chris> (crying with laughter) B-b-b-bad luck, skip. Would you be happier going back to first?
    <Carl> I thought that you were going for that one
    <Chris> It was yours
    <Carl> I mean, I thought Ridley was going for it...
    <Chris and Ridley Jacobs together> No, skip - it was yours.....
    Carl plods forlornly after the ball.
    <Vasbert> Bad luck skip (turns to walk back to his mark) **** ******* **** **** Hooper wouldn't have ******* happened if I'd been captain. Idiot'd be down at third man where he...
    <Carl> What was that, Vas?
    <Vasbert> Nothing, skipper.
    <Carl> Let's swop again, Chris. I think you've learned your lesson now.
    <Chris> (whispers) ****.
    <Carl> What?
    <Chris> OK, skip. No problem.
    <<<snick>>>
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Hayden never fields in the slips to pace bowling, for whatever reason
    I never stopped to think about it but that's right. Are there any theories out there about this - it's a bit odd isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I never stopped to think about it but that's right. Are there any theories out there about this - it's a bit odd isn't it?
    I think he did while Warne was out. Has always been a gully fielder though, before that. Probably just more comfortable there off the quicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I never stopped to think about it but that's right. Are there any theories out there about this - it's a bit odd isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro Delgado
    I agree probably England as a unit. Hayden is clear #1 for me, amazing slipper. Fred isn't far off, off the top of my head I can only remember one going down in recent times, which either says a lot about his skill or a lot about my memory.
    He dropped a sitter on Sunday

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    He dropped a sitter on Sunday
    ahem yeah, that's the one

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    Hmmm, England might slip down a touch (excuse the pun) after that performance against Sri Lanka.

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