Cricket World Cup 2007 Cricket Rules Fielding Position




Cricket Rules - Fielding Position

There are 10 Places to Field


The lowdown on fielding positions (Wicket Keeper)

The most specialised position within the team and the most used is the wicketkeeper. The keeper stands behind the stumps, although further back if the bowler quicker. They often stand right up to the stumps to a slower bowler to try and stump the batsmen. 


Reactions have to be quick in the slips as this is where the lots of catches are taken. Positioned on the off-side behind the wicket, first slip is alongside the wicketkeeper, with second slip, third slip etc following in the same direction. First slip is normally a foot or so behind the wicketkeeper . This is because the ball flies faster off the edge when the ball goes finer..


Another close catching position just behind square off the wicket on the off side, the gully fielder also has to have quick reactions. Most chances that will come in this area will be from forceful shots from the batsman that haven't been kept down, so the ball is likely to be travelling very quickly.


This position is usually where you'll find the best fielder in the team. Found square of the wicket on the off-side, it's an important position for stopping forceful shots off the back foot like the square cut. There are a few different positions in that area:

Backward point

Silly point

Backward point is slightly behind square of the wicket, while silly point, as the name suggests, is not a great place to field. Most commonly used when a spin bowler is in action to snap up any bat-pad chances, it involves standing just a couple of yards from the batsman, square of the wicket on the off-side. They're often jumping around trying to protect themselves when the batsman plays a big shot on the off-side.


The cover area runs from point all the way round to mid-off and is another important off-side position. Again it's normally where you'll find one of the better fielders in the side who'll be trying to stop drives off the front or back foot. There are a few different positions in the covers:

Extra cover

Short extra Cover

Deep extra Cover

Extra cover is positioned between the regular cover fielder and mid-off. If that fielder is then brought into a catching position closer to the wicket then they become the short extra cover fielder. Deep extra cover is a more defensive position out on the boundary.

Third Man

Third man is generally a run-saving position behind the wicketkeeper on the off-side. The fielder is usually 45 degrees to the wicket around on the boundary. It covers a large area - anything that goes through the slip and gully area. Often Test teams don't have a third man because they prefer to attack than defend.

Fine Leg

Usually an area where bowlers hope to get a bit of rest between overs. The position is on the leg side at around 45 degrees to the wicket. Although it's not the most glamorous position to field in, it is an important run-saving area. 

Mid Off

A captain will often field at mid-off as it's the position closest to the bowler and the best place to encourage and talk to the bowler. The mid-off fielder has the job of trying to cut off the straight drive and has to stay on their toes to prevent quick singles from being taken. There are a couple of different positions in this area:

Deep mid-off

Silly mid-off

Long off

Mid-off is normally positioned about 25-30 yards from the batsman, while silly mid-off is in close to the batsman looking for bat-pad chances. Deep mid-off is usually three-quarters of the way from the boundary, while long-off is right out on the rope. Similar positions on the leg or on side are known as mid-on, deep mid-on etc. 

Mid wicket

Mid-wicket is positioned on the leg side, between square leg and mid-on, roughly between 45-60 degrees from the bat. It's generally a run-saving area rather than an attacking position. But except a few top-edged pulls your way if you're fielding here

Square Leg


As its name suggests, this position is square of the wicket on the leg side, next to where the second umpire stands. There are a few variations in this position:

Deep square leg

Short Leg

Backward square

Deep square leg is back on the boundary, while at backward square you would be standing slightly behind the line of the wicket. Short leg is a position usually given to the youngest member of the fielding side. It's the unfortunate honour of standing just yards from the bat on the leg-side. Reactions have to be very sharp, but the fielder must wear a helmet and shinguards.

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