fielding positions



  • (for definitions see individual entries) to those who are uninitiated in the language and lore of cricket, there is nothing so mysterious as a description of a field setting: ‘Shoaib is bowling to an attacking field, with three slips and a gully, a silly point, two short legs (one forward and the other slightly backward of square), with only two men out in the deep, at third man and long on’. Yet what looks at first like a foreign language is in fact a logical and highly flexible code that enables a commentator to describe with considerable accuracy any position occupied by a fielder on a ground covering several acres.