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    Hypothetical Question

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    Surpose there was a batsmen as good or perhaps even better than Bradman. He was a certainty to average around 100 in test matches just as Bradman did.

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    He couldnt field at all. He was the worst fieldsman you could possibly imagine. Ten, twenty times worse than the the worst you can think of. He's big, fat and slow. Has trouble bending down to field etc. Appalling catching, will drop absolute sitters and no amount of practise can make him better.

    Now my question is, in this day and age where fielding is so important and the standards of fielding are so high, would this brilliant batsmen be selected to play test cricket?

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    Just put him at slip.

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    Yeah he would. They'd just hide him in the field and abuse sub fielders. And any drops/misfields he'd more than make up for by being twice as good as any other potential batsman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AldoRaine18 View Post
    Just put him at slip.
    This is a terrible idea.

    But yeah he'd definitely be picked. The worst possible fielder I can imagine is essentially someone who misses literally everything -- so it'd just be like fielding with ten. I'd field with ten for a chance to have a batsman averaging 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    This is a terrible idea.

    But yeah he'd definitely be picked. The worst possible fielder I can imagine is essentially someone who misses literally everything -- so it'd just be like fielding with ten. I'd field with ten for a chance to have a batsman averaging 100.
    True you don't want your seamer work ages to get an edge only to be dropped if the keeper can't reach it haha.

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    Yeah, you'd pretend you were setting a field of ten (or er, eight, excluding keeper/bowler) without him, then find a spot for him after that.

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    Should be remembered that Phil Tufnell and Devon Malcolm both played together in the one team on quite a few occasions.

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    Premise is absurd anyway. Likelihood is that anyone capable of averaging 100 with the bat would be a better than average fielder. Most great batsmen are gun fielders also, cos the skills required are similar.
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    I'm struggling to see a hypothetical situation where this could exist, the timing, running and hand eye coordination required to be a brilliant batsman would naturally lend to being an okay fielder.

    Oh I've got it, he has a phobia of cricket balls. Can hit them but can't physically touch them.

    Where do you put a man that literally can't pick up the ball? Sit him behind the keeper maybe?
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    That's the idea of a hypothetical - a "what-if" situation. It doesn't matter how absurd it might seem to you. If you think it's absurd or can't see how it could happen then feel free to not comment.

    Yes the idea would be that you are essentially fielding with 10. I'm not so sure that over the course of a test match innings that a player like this wouldn't give up more in the field than he would gain at the crease. He is averaging 50 more than the best batsmen in the world and I think there would be plenty of occasions where fielding with 10 would give away more than this.

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    Why can't the guy field though? Seriously? I struggle to see how a batsman who averages 100 could not field at all. Is there a reason? Expand on the hypothetical pls?

    And can he bowl at all?

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    No need to explain further as it's not relevant. There was already a brief description in the OP. All you need to know is that he is so bad you are essentially fielding with 10.

    Can he bowl? Hadn't considered that but perhaps you can offer an opinion on both the able to bowl and unable to bowl scenarios.

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    Is he only as bad as a random person picked off the street would be at fielding in a Test match, or is he tragically, hopelessly inept?

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    Cameron banned for not coming up with a good enough hypothetical scenario.
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