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Re: Fielding Statistics
Posted by: chunkyinargyll
Date: 22/02/2017 16:31
Most teams these days have team analysts or team statistitions- call it what you will. They don't need to be former players. All they need to know is how to log every single ball bowled as half volley, yorker. legside, whatever, and every shot played by the batsman. They do that for the opposition too. So and so scores most of his runs with these three shots- so make sure you don't bowl to his strengths. And whilst the stats might not be freely available to the general public 'You really should have caught that' are definitely logged too.

But, in the same way most front line batsman don't bowl, and most quick bowlers aren't capable of scoring a hundred, provided a fielder is considered to be 'first class standard' that is good enough. Probably completely unrealistic to expect every fielder to be as exceptional as Jonty Rhodes, but nothing wrong in asking him for advice. Would you want a brilliant fielder who could neither at nor bowl to first class standard? Loyal mentioned dear old photo (so called for the number of times the scorecard read J C Foat 0) and it's a tribute to him that many supporters remember photo with affection to this day- but it's not as if Gloucestershire had any better batsmen at the time who he was keeping out of the side.

And would you sooner have Panesar (when at his peak) who could even bamboozle great players like Tendulkar in you side- or a spinner who was a better fielder, but would only take the odd wicket here and there when the conditions were in his favour? Sooner have Panesar myself. I would always have the best keeper in the side though. Miss a stumping when someone is on 0- sit back and watch them make 150. The batsman/keeper then has to make 150 to atone for his error!

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