>>Could someone enlighten me as to the advantages of this??
>The big advantage is that it encourages the batsman to stay inside his crease
>(or risk being stumped), this means that the bowler can be sure of
>where the batsman is standing (it's actually very hard for a bowler to tell
>during his run-up whether the batsman is on the crease or 2 feet outside) and
>be able to bowl a good length. In practice, the keeper doesn't usually have
>much of a chance of making a stumping off a medium pacer because it takes too
>much time for the ball to settle properley in the gloves. In addition, it
>gives the keeper much less chance of taking an edge. All in all it is pretty
>much a psychological weapon, designed to get the batsman thinking about
>something other than the ball and the bowler.
stand up to a fast bowler is because the batsmen has a tendency to
step out of the crease while playing and there is a good chance to stump
him. If the keeper can collect the ball then why can't he stump him?
Many batsmen have the tendency to lift their right leg while playing
a stroke, especially the flick. Many times the batsmen could loose
balance and get stumped. Ofcourse the keeper has to be good and really
quick. IMO a keeper shouldn't stand up to a fast bowler if he is bowling
good out***s. But if the bowler is bowling a lot of in***s
and straight ones then it's OK.