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    Great fielders in each fielding position

    Pretty slack day at work today, started thinking about great fielders. If you had to pick the XI best fielders in their best fielding positions, how would it look (doesn't need to be a balanced XI)?

    I'll have a crack at an Australian fielding XI:


    Wicketkeeper: Bert Oldfield

    1st slip: Bob Simpson
    2nd slip: Mark Waugh
    3rd slip: Mark Taylor/Ian Chappell (both first slippers usually, but you generally put your best at 1st...)

    Gully: Richie Benaud

    Point: Ricky Ponting

    Covers: Neil Harvey

    Mid on: Andrew Symonds

    Mid wicket: Allan Border

    Square leg: Allan Davidson


    I've probably missed guys, especially early era players, so if anyone knows of any...


    anyone want to have a crack at a World XI?

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    Actually I think you put your best slipper at 2nd, but I could be wrong.
    Would take a while to do a All Time Fielding 11, but this is where everyone would field in my AT XI.

    Hobbs- Gully/point
    Hutton- Extra Cover/Cover
    Bradman- Mid Off
    Richards- 1st Slip
    Tendulkar- Short Leg
    Sobers- 2nd Slip
    Gilchrist- Wicket Keeper
    Imran- Mid Wicket
    Marshall- Opening Bowler/Fine Leg
    Warne- 3rd Slip
    Mcgrath- Opening Bowler/Fine Leg
    Last edited by kyear2; 28-06-2012 at 06:11 PM.
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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    There's no hard and fast rule about where your best slipper should stand, as each position requires different type of skill. It's like the age old debate where should your best batsman bat... some say number three, but that's not always the case.

    If you take a standard two slip cordon, you generally have the guy more athletic stand at second because he potentially has more ground to cover, whereas in first slip you just need good hands. Don't know the stats, but I'd say more catches come through first slip so you want your safest hands there, but if the guy with the safest hands is more likely to snare one whilst diving, then you need him at second.

    That's why you saw Taylor at first and not Mark Waugh all those years.


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    Ponting is extremely under rated everywhere in the field. He was superb in the covers, point and the gully, but was even better at second slip which he manned at a ATG level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Take out Border and put Boony into a bat pad.

    Fine mate, but you better not bowl down the leg side then...



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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Actually I think you put your best slipper at 2nd, but I could be wrong.
    Would take a while to do a All Time Fielding 11, but this is where everyone would field in my AT XI.

    Hobbs- Gully/point
    Hutton- Extra Cover/Cover
    Bradman- Mid Off
    Richards- 1st Slip
    Tendulkar- Short Leg
    Sobers- 2nd Slip
    Gilchrist- Wicket Keeper
    Imran- Mid Wicket
    Marshall- Opening Bowler/Fine Leg
    Warne- 3rd Slip
    Mcgrath- Opening Bowler/Fine Leg



    Forgetting a balanced team altogether, and just selecting the best world XI fielders, you'd have to look at something like this I reckon....



    Keeper: Allan Knott

    1st slip: Bob Simpson
    2nd slip: Mark Waugh
    3rd Slip: Garry Sobers

    Gully: ????

    Point: Ricky Ponting

    Cover: Jonty Rhodes

    Mid on: Andrew Symonds

    Mid wicket: Viv Richards

    Square leg: Clive Lloyd

    Outfielder: Ian Botham (also a gun in slips)
    Last edited by Red Hill; 28-06-2012 at 06:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    binga at fine leg
    McDermott and Hughes were both really good outfielders, with strong accurate arms.

    I think Jeff Thomson was ok as well.

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    Wasn't Greg Chappell better than Mark at slip, and Marshall was exceptionally brilliant at fine leg.

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    i have no appreciation for how someone could possible be a good "fine leg" fielder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    i have no appreciation for how someone could possible be a good "fine leg" fielder.
    Guys like Dean Jones were real guns at "sweeping", especially in one-dayers. Moved quickly, dived and slid and had massive throws.

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    Look up some of his catches in the position, also he was fast in the out field and had an excellent arm.
    One of the hall marks of the 80's W.I. team was the fielding ability of the fast bowlers. Garner was very good in the gully while Holding and Marshall were just excellent almost everywhere with Holding at time sliding up into the slips/ gully region and pulling off some good catches.

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