25 September, 2020

Fielding A Good Side

For all the focus on batsmen, it's Jonty Rhodes and his ilk who may tilt the scales

Fielding A Good Side
THE finest sight in the first week of the World Cup in Pakistan was the fielding performance of South Africa when they hounded New Zealand to defeat in Faisalabad. New Zealand are no slouches: they made England look like a team of cardboard cut-outs at Ahmedabad in the opening game of the tournament, but as they tried to impose their own bustle on the game with quick running between the wickets, the South Africans whipped in throws to make three run-outs, and they also grabbed one brilliant catch.

 I have never seen a better fielding effort in a one-day international. In fact, there was only one error: Pat Symcox, the South African off-spinner, fumbled with a drive at long-off and gave a second run away off the final ball of the 50 overs. Not that Hansie Cronje's side saved their best efforts for the matches against Test-playing countries in the tournament. They were equally tight against the UAE team. At no time, in no situation, do they hold anything back, however uneven the outfield, however flimsy the opposition.

 By contrast, England gave a pitiable...



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