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    Where does Hayden sit amongst Australia's slip/gully fieldsmen?

    IMO he has to be up there in the top 5 of all time. It is a part of his game that usually goes under the radar and is taken for granted. He can field from 1st slip around to gully for the quicks and slots in to 1st slip for Warne. I can't remember the last time he dropped a catch and he has taken some beauties.

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    Very highly I would think, mainly due to his versatility. As you said his fielding to Warne at 1st slip is top rate and also in the gully to the quick bowlers is very good. Definately right up there with the top cordon fielders.
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    Yes Hayden's catching is highly impressive and is a bit underrated I feel. He's far better than Warne (who is not a great slipper despite what some say) and if he wasn't such a superb gully fieldsman he'd be great at first slip.
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    yeah, I remember a couple of stunners he took to dismiss Lara last season in Australia. Given the way Lara looked while he was at the crease, I tend to think that Hayden's catching played a not so insignificant part in Australia winning that series with that much ease.


    Def. the best gully fielder in the world, for me. And what is surprising for such a big man is that he really does get low down very well to be able to catch some really tricky ones. That is another hole that will need to be filled when he calls it a day, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    Def. the best gully fielder in the world, for me. And what is surprising for such a big man is that he really does get low down very well to be able to catch some really tricky ones. That is another hole that will need to be filled when he calls it a day, I think.
    Not just him either, Justin Langer is pretty solid around the same area's and when those two and Shane Warne retire the cordon could be pretty fresh but would most likely be Ponting, Hussey and Clarke.

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    doesn't Langer field at short leg mostly?

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    all true, his contribution there is very under-rated. I'd rate him third behind Taylor & Junior Waugh as top behind the wicket fieldsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    doesn't Langer field at short leg mostly?
    Used to most of time, but he was advised not to field there anymore for reasons i can't remember. Usually he is around 3rd slip early on then later anywhere else in the outfield.

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    Constantly getting hit in the head would be the reason I think. Hayden probably sits just behind Bob Simpson in the list of great slippers for Australia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    Used to most of time, but he was advised not to field there anymore for reasons i can't remember. Usually he is around 3rd slip early on then later anywhere else in the outfield.
    Langer was told by doctors if he gets hit on the head again he could be in danger of losing his life. He's been hit at short leg a fair few times.

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    Bob Simpson, Mark Taylor, Shane Warne, Ricky Poning and Matthew Hayden are Aussies best ever slippers imo, in no order really.
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