Baffling field placement
Yesterday, as Daniel Vettori ran in to bowl the 5th ball of the 44th over against West Indies
, he was on a hat-trick. Skipper Stephen Fleming
had placed a silly-point for Collymore, the number 11. Strangely, there was no short-leg or backward short-leg.
If I were the skipper and the opposition was 176/9 with 6 more overs to go and no half-decent batsman at either end, I'd pressurize the batsman with a lot of fielders around the bat.
After Collymore kept out the hat-trick ball, Fleming moved the silly point out. I found that baffling. I've seen that happen so often. Is the ball after a potential hat-trick ball any less important? Why do captains do it? Yes, the bowler didn't get 3 in 3, but by moving the fielder out, you're probably reducing the chances of getting 3 in 4.
If I were the skipper (and I've never skippered anything higher than teams representing my college and workplace), I'd keep the fielders in even after the hat-trick has been averted!
Labels: captaincy, field placement, fleming, new zealand, stephen fleming, vettori, west indies