Protecting third man

Protecting third man

Post by FRAN » Wed, 28 Dec 2005 14:12:17


I wonder why Ponting seems so ready to concede runs to third man but
prevent the drive, particularly off Lee.

Lee's bowling figures tend to be unflattering, but although I don't
have precise stats, he does seem to be particularly prone to conceding
runs behind point and over the head of 1st and second slip.

Today he's conceded a pile of boundaries off the edge there, and I
wonder why Ponting has let this happen. It happened through much of the
Ashes series too, both to Dizzy and Lee.

Plugging the gaps there with an attacking fielder or two might simpoly
mean they score someplace else, but I'm sure the bowler would feel
happier watching the batsman trying to drive him and succeeding than
edging for four.

Fran

 
 
 

Protecting third man

Post by Sleep » Wed, 28 Dec 2005 14:58:20


Quote:
> I wonder why Ponting seems so ready to concede runs to third man but
> prevent the drive, particularly off Lee.

> Lee's bowling figures tend to be unflattering, but although I don't
> have precise stats, he does seem to be particularly prone to conceding
> runs behind point and over the head of 1st and second slip.

> Today he's conceded a pile of boundaries off the edge there, and I
> wonder why Ponting has let this happen. It happened through much of the
> Ashes series too, both to Dizzy and Lee.

> Plugging the gaps there with an attacking fielder or two might simpoly
> mean they score someplace else, but I'm sure the bowler would feel
> happier watching the batsman trying to drive him and succeeding than
> edging for four.

Seeing players edge to third man, or attempt to guide pass the slips may be
infuriating to Lee, but as a captain I would be encouraging the batsman to
try and hit them there all day.  It only takes a ball to hold its line a bit
and it will go straight to slip.

 
 
 

Protecting third man

Post by Yuk Tan » Wed, 28 Dec 2005 19:18:56



Quote:

> Seeing players edge to third man, or attempt to guide pass the
> slips may be infuriating to Lee, but as a captain I would be
> encouraging the batsman to try and hit them there all day.  It
> only takes a ball to hold its line a bit and it will go straight
> to slip.

When Lee bowls, the batsman doesn't even need to make contact for the
ball holding its line to go straight to slip.

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Cheers, ymt.