Mark Waugh takes a record 158th catch to dismiss Darren Gough off Jason Gillespie
© Patrick Eagar
44

The Jury's Out

The greatest slip catcher

Poachers, divers and snafflers: our expert quarter tells you who the finest slip fielder of all is

Mark Waugh
289 international catches
by Darren Berry

The art of catching the cricket ball after it has taken the outside edge is a special gift. Some do it well, some not so well, and then there are the gifted few who do it with what appears to be nonchalant ease.

No slip catch is ever easy because, generally, the ball gathers momentum as it flies towards the cordon. So what is required to be a top-class slipper? No doubt sharp concentration plays a big role in clutching on to the 156 grams of leather flying your way, but equally important is good technique. Crucial elements include excellent hand-eye coordination, soft hands, and balanced feet that allow for good lateral movement. Above all, a relaxed but sharp mind is key.

The best piece of technical slip-catching advice I ever heard came from Mark Waugh, who was the best slip fielder I have seen. Whether standing back to the quicks or up close to the likes of Shane Warne and Tim May, Waugh was simply brilliant.

Waugh relaxed when the ball took the edge and simply positioned his hands behind its line and absorbed its force. No tension, no panic

His advice was: "Don't try and catch the ball, let the ball catch you." What does that mean? Well, most slip fielders tense their forearms upon seeing or hearing the edge, thus creating tension in the hands, which can have a disastrous effect on the outcome. Waugh was the opposite; he relaxed when the edge was taken and simply positioned his hands behind its line and absorbed its force upon impact. In simple terms, he caught it late in very soft hands. No tension, no panic. He made difficult chances look regulation.

Another great slip fielder in my time watching cricket was Clive Lloyd. Supercat was a supreme slipper with bucket-like hands that swallowed cricket balls. His ability to hold on to rockets from Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts and many more was unbelievable to watch as a young boy.

Jamie Siddons was the most brilliant all-round fielder, and most notably, unbelievably good in the slips. In Victoria's Sheffield Shield-winning side of 1990-91, Siddons held on to a record-equalling 23 catches in 11 games at second slip, and I don't remember him grassing a single chance. He was a supreme athlete who stood with an uncharacteristically wide stance.

Sticky fingers: if it went to Waugh, it would be caught

Sticky fingers: if it went to Waugh, it would be caught © Getty Images

A wide stance normally lowers the centre of gravity and makes quick lateral movement difficult. Most very good slippers like Waugh, Ian Chappell, Warne and Mark Taylor are examples of the narrow-stance technique. The theory behind this is to be able to move your centre of gravity outside your base of support (your feet) quickly, which in turn enables swift lateral movement to swoop on wider chances. Siddons broke all the rules and still managed to take some stunning catches.

Waugh, though, was the best. He was relaxed but always ready to swoop when a chance was presented. He took them high, low and wide. His stance was well balanced, his hands as soft as butter. Australian bowlers fast and slow knew when they found the edge they were in safe hands with Waugh in the cordon.

Wicketkeeper Darren Berry played 153 first-class games for South Australia and Victoria

****

Rahul Dravid
406 international catches
by John Wright

I struggle to remember Rahul Dravid dropping a catch. He is far and away the best catcher I have seen. During my playing days with New Zealand I watched Ian Smith, Jeff Crowe and Jeremy Coney play a crucial role in Richard Hadlee's success. Hadlee was a brilliant bowler but he had a great wicketkeeper, a great first slip and a great second slip. Equally, Rahul played a crucial role for India.

Golden hands: Dravid takes a catch to dismiss Ian Bell in Nagpur, 2006

Golden hands: Dravid takes a catch to dismiss Ian Bell in Nagpur, 2006 © PA Photos

It was very obvious Rahul had the temperament, technique and desire to stand at first slip. His strengths: great concentration, the most beautiful soft hands and a naturally great technique. And he worked very hard. I would hit him many catches and I never grew tired of watching him catch.

Contrary to what some critics felt, Rahul was a natural slip fielder. He could not have kept wicket at the 2003 World Cup without having such good hands. All the great slip catchers have this softness in the way they catch and Rahul was the same. Their hands almost hang from their shoulders.

Rahul was a natural slip fielder. All the great slip catchers have this softness in the way they catch. Their hands almost hang from their shoulders

What also stands out is their rhythm and movement, the area they can cover. They give themselves the best opportunity to go with the ball, so there are times they are catching behind their eyes. There was one catch off Anil Kumble where Rahul was unsighted by the wicketkeeper. It had gone fine and it was the keeper's catch. But Rahul took it behind him with his left hand. The ball had almost passed him but he somehow caught it going backwards.

Rahul caught brilliantly off quicks and spinners. Some critics have argued that most of his catches came against spinners, which they say compares unfavourably to others like Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh. But I would argue the job is more difficult in the subcontinent. You get a lot less time to see the ball. When there is bounce in the wicket, like in Australia, you can stand further back. The ball might come at you at a higher velocity, but you get more time to sight it.

Plucky: Dravid's catching was among the reasons why India started performing better overseas

Plucky: Dravid's catching was among the reasons why India started performing better overseas © Getty Images

Slip is a specialised position. There are no shortcuts. That is where most of the catches go. When I took charge of India as coach in 2000 we dropped three or four catches in the slips during my first Test. It was like Piccadilly Circus - people were coming and going. But Rahul was a specialist and his catching at first slip was one of the main reasons our results started to improve, particularly overseas.

John Wright played 82 Tests for New Zealand and coached India and New Zealand. He was talking to Nagraj Gollapudi

****

Bob Simpson
114 international catches
by Ian Chappell

The best slip fielder I've seen was former Australia captain Bob Simpson. I saw him drop only one catch, when he misjudged his unusual method of taking the most awkward chance of all - the one at chest height - and it bounced off his sternum. Generally he would let the ball hit the soft part of his chest and then clutch it to his bosom.

Bob Simpson was the ideal foil at slip for the likes of Alan Davidson and Richie Benaud, who took the ball away from the right-handers

Bob Simpson was the ideal foil at slip for the likes of Alan Davidson and Richie Benaud, who took the ball away from the right-handers © Getty Images

Simpson always stood very wide at first slip to the fast bowlers and this had the advantage of widening the catching cordon. He could afford to do this because he had very good technique, soft hands and a lot of confidence in his ability. There also had to be great trust in the wicketkeeper and Wally Grout, the first Test gloveman Simpson stood next to, encouraged him to stand wide.

Simpson's prowess as a slipper was recognised in his first series, in South Africa in 1957-58, when he was included in the team mainly for his catching. With Alan Davidson and Richie Benaud as the prime bowlers, both taking the ball away from right-handers, it was necessary to have someone reliable at first slip. Simpson fit the bill perfectly; he was not only reliable but could also be spectacular, especially off the legspin of Benaud.

One of Australia's finest victories under Benaud's enterprising leadership came at Old Trafford in 1961. With England racing to victory thanks to a blistering knock from Ted Dexter, Benaud rallied his troops at drinks by exhorting them to "field like they'd never fielded before".

Simpson heard the cry loud and clear and responded with two excellent catches off Benaud. The second one, to get rid of David Allen, was a blinder, an attempted drive edged between keeper and slip and taken brilliantly by Simpson in his left hand.

Simpson's footwork was impeccable. He let the ball come to him. He was also athletic enough to dive on the wide edge and take the spectacular catch

Simpson gets my vote as the best, just ahead of Mark Waugh, Greg Chappell, Mark Taylor, Mohammad Azharuddin and Viv Richards. Apart from Taylor, the others suffered in comparison to Simpson because they weren't at first slip for the length of their careers.

When standing back to the faster bowlers there was probably very little difference between Simpson and those mentioned above. However, when it came to catching off spinners Simpson was unmatched and only Waugh came close to his ability.

Waugh's spectacular catch at Bellerive in 1999, when Inzamam-ul-Haq edged an attempted square cut off Shane Warne and Waugh took it behind him while diving to his right, was not only a match-turning effort but also reminded me of Simpson's brilliant work at slip off Benaud.

An 18-year-old Simpson, playing for NSW, catches England tourist Vic Wilson off Keith Miller's bowling

An 18-year-old Simpson, playing for NSW, catches England tourist Vic Wilson off Keith Miller's bowling © PA Photos

For a long time Australians dominated the list of fielders with 100 catches, for the obvious reason that the extra carry in Australian pitches provided plenty of opportunities. However, Simpson was by far the quickest to reach that landmark, achieving it in only 54 Tests.

Apart from his idiosyncratic method of catching edges that flew at that awkward chest height, Simpson's technique was straightforward. His footwork was impeccable. He let the ball come to him and received it in soft hands, and his concentration was superb. He was also athletic enough to dive on the wide edge and take the spectacular catch.

That is the hallmark of the great slip fielders: they catch the ones they are supposed to but also make a few spectacular grabs that lift the bowlers and help the team win matches. Simpson fulfilled all those requirements and no one I have seen since has surpassed his skill level.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is a cricket commentator for Channel Nine, and a columnist

****

Mahela Jayawardene
440 international catches
by Mike Selvey

Cricket is a game of partnerships, of pairings. Batsmen bat in tandem and bowlers hunt in pairs. There is the relationship between a bowler and his wicketkeeper, one the deliverer and the other the intended recipient. And then there is a special relationship between a bowler and a fielder: a trusted comrade (he has to be trusted), an auxiliary to the bowler's intentions, an integral part of the process of getting rid of a batsman with the most frequent method at his disposal.

Been expecting you: when it came to slip catches off Murali, it seemed Jayawardene (bottom left) could read the bowler's mind

Been expecting you: when it came to slip catches off Murali, it seemed Jayawardene (bottom left) could read the bowler's mind © AFP

The modern limited-overs game, particularly T20, means the most prolific, proficient, athletic and spectacular catchers are the boundary runners, who patrol those regions once regarded as grazing areas for resting pacemen. But not Test cricket. Here the close fielders reign supreme, the blink-of-an-eye, sparrow-catching specialists, whose reactions often suspend belief. Walter Hammond, so it is said, could catch a cricket ball and have it in his pocket before anyone knew it had gone to him.

The modern slip fielder has a range beyond the capacity of their predecessors, the standard immense. Catches that once would have been regarded as bordering on the impossible are now taken with nonchalant athleticism.

It is longevity of batsman and bowler that makes the slip fielder special. Sometimes that relationship becomes so special that were the bowler to turn up one day and find his man not standing in his usual place, he would feel deprived and uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of mistrust. Bowlers like familiarity. Mahela Jayawardene played 149 Test matches and 96 of those were in the company of Muttiah Muralitharan, and it is this that made the pair the most prolific combination of fielder and bowler outside the realm of bowler-wicketkeeper.

Mahela was slight of build, lower to the ground, and agile. He had hawk eyes, and hands that could pouch a cricket ball as if enveloping it in a velvet bag

To place this in context, Jayawardene took 205 catches in Test matches, a number exceeded only by Rahul Dravid, who pouched five more. Jayawardene averaged 0.759 catches per innings in Tests, and among those who have taken 100 catches, only two Kiwis - Ross Taylor and Stephen Fleming - with 0.895 and 0.859 respectively, and two Australians - Bob Simpson, 0.940, and Mark Taylor, 0.796 - average more. Not all, but certainly most, would have been taken at slip. Fifty-five of Dravid's catches were from the bowling of Anil Kumble, and a further 51 from that of Harbhajan Singh. Taylor also took 51 catches from Shane Warne's bowling.

Aside from these instances no combination, except for Jayawardene and Murali, has got to 40 wickets. The entry "caught DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan" has appeared in the Sri Lankan scorebook no fewer than 77 times, so no one else comes close. It has required a very specialised skill, beyond simply being an accomplished close fielder, to be able to raise that aspect of the game to the level Jayawardene managed.

Against Sri Lanka you faced flight, turn, deception and a human snare in the form of Jayawardene

Against Sri Lanka you faced flight, turn, deception and a human snare in the form of Jayawardene © AFP

To the pacemen, slip fielders will stand as far back as they can for the ball still to carry. Sometimes, given a point of reference from the wicketkeeper, they are too deep: Ian Botham was never afraid to challenge this, standing forward at second slip, away from the natural echelon and not merely as an act of bravado. But catches from spinners, particularly those from a defensive bat, more often than not arrive low, shin-height, unless there is exceptional bounce, in which case they arrive from a top-edged cut. The fielder has to be as close as possible, but in a manner that takes into account their reaction time. When Jimmy Anderson, not a regular slip fielder to the seamers, took over from Paul Collingwood as slip to Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, it was shown that his faster reactions meant he could stand half a metre closer than Collingwood, which gave him more chance of catching anything that came really low.

Jayawardene stood close. He was also slight of build, lower to the ground, and agile. He had hawk eyes, and hands that could pouch a cricket ball as if enveloping it in a velvet bag. He could read his bowlers like a script, almost to the point of telepathy with Murali, it seemed; Murali was a phenomenon but he would be less of one without the brilliance of Jayawardene. Caught DPMD Jayawardene b Muralitharan: we may never see the like again.

Mike Selvey, a former England and Middlesex seamer, is chief cricket correspondent of the Guardian

 

RELATED ARTICLES

 

LOGIN TO POST YOUR COMMENTS

  • POSTED BY Sumo on | July 24, 2016, 9:26 GMT

    Azhar, Far ahead of Rahul and Mahela in the slips. I do not recall recall him dropping a thing in the slips. In par with Mark Waugh.

  • POSTED BY Raghu on | May 28, 2015, 13:10 GMT

    To me Botham was the best slip fielder / catcher I have seen with my eyes. Beefy used to stand couple of yards in the front than other slip fielders and he used to pick the ball like a vulture.

  • POSTED BY aboosa6911448 on | May 28, 2015, 10:26 GMT

    Mark Waugh made cricket look like the easiest thing in the world, whether batting or fielding, he never looked hurried or anxious. His back foot on drive remains one of the most beautiful shots ever executed in cricket, just power and timing combined with impeccable technique.

    In comparing slip catchers it's purely subjective, unless there are stats that detail chances held vs total chances, saying A is better than B is just opinion. So when I read comments that state that comparing Mahela and Dravid to Waugh as being laughable it makes me smile because it's effectively personal preference masquerading as fact

  • POSTED BY Worrell on | May 28, 2015, 10:24 GMT

    Not to forget Carl Hopper. To me Mark Waugh and Carl Hopper was the best in their era. They both allowed the ball to come to them, their level of anticipation was also the best. And they made it look easy.

  • POSTED BY Fahad on | May 27, 2015, 20:46 GMT

    Not to forget Mohammed Azharuddin and VVS Laxman

  • POSTED BY Ed on | May 27, 2015, 17:13 GMT

    John Wright mentioned Jeremy Coney in his article. He was indeed outstanding, as was Jeff Crowe next to him. I agree with the comments too about Stephen Fleming and Brian McMillan. But when I saw the title of the article I immediately thought of Mark Taylor.

  • POSTED BY Andrew Davies on | May 27, 2015, 12:18 GMT

    There are plenty of good slippers who didn't play a huge amount of test cricket or didn't play in a side with quality bowlers looking for the edge. Tony Greig was very good as was Chris Tavare but I don't recall Mike Hendrick dropping much. Barry Wood was very good when he got the chance too.

  • POSTED BY DAVID on | May 27, 2015, 10:18 GMT

    Graham Roope did indeed seem just about infallible at slip - so much so that when he spilt an awkward catch during a Lord's Test match someone later went from the press-box down to the England dressing-room to verify it. As for Wally Hammond - yes, magnificent, almost infallible; but he stood quite fine and seldom if ever moved to his left (that being the wicketkeeper's territory).

  • POSTED BY Peter on | May 26, 2015, 20:39 GMT

    Kallis is right up there too. As good a catcher as you are likely to see.

  • POSTED BY Dhar on | May 26, 2015, 19:44 GMT

    Watching cricket in Australia I remember the following phrase from Benaud and Lawrie the most: "You don't see that very often". This phrase was pulled out everytime Mark Waugh or Mark Taylor dropped a catch. I heard it quite a lot.

  • POSTED BY Paddy Briggs on | May 26, 2015, 18:20 GMT

    Colin Cowdrey didn't drop many. Phil Sharpe very good.

  • POSTED BY Merv on | May 26, 2015, 11:29 GMT

    Mark Waugh for me. He was freakish and for the number of Test he was able to play, remarkable. He was always relaxed and let the ball come to him. Anticipation, soft hands and just plain classy to watch.

  • POSTED BY Matthew Berry on | May 26, 2015, 8:19 GMT

    Peter Parfitt was apparently outstanding in the slips. Alongside a test average of over 40, perhaps one of the unsung heros of English cricket in the 60s and 70s?

  • POSTED BY sushant on | May 26, 2015, 3:08 GMT

    Mark Waugh is best slip catcher of all time.......no doubt..special mention to Sobers, Hammond, Simpson, Dexter, Huton, I Chappell, Taylor, Kallis, Fleming, Younus, Ponting, Azhar, Jayawardene, Anderson.....Those mentioning about Solkar should remember his catches were in front of bat and not at slips.

  • POSTED BY Bruce on | May 26, 2015, 2:47 GMT

    I always find discussions about Mark Waugh very interesting. Whether batting or fielding his elegance inevitably seems to gain him some extra points. There's no doubt he was a brilliant fielder who made things look ridiculously easy, but he did put down his fair share of chances and even then he somehow managed look good..! I also don't recall seeing him at slip too often when Warne was bowling - in the early days it was Tubby Taylor and then later Matt Hayden. I'm a bit surprised Taylor doesn't get a mention here, similarly Younis Khan, Jacque Kallis and Graeme Smith who seemed to snaffle just about everything that came their way. Ian Botham may not have been quite in the same class, but he created more chances than anyone else because of how close he stood - not too many fell short of when he was in the cordon..

  • POSTED BY John on | May 25, 2015, 19:53 GMT

    Surely, Phil Sharpe must be up there with the best and, maybe, Alan Oakman.

  • POSTED BY Muhammad on | May 25, 2015, 19:23 GMT

    Other great slip fielders of my time are Ian Botham, Freddie Flintoff and Majid Khan

  • POSTED BY Ramana on | May 25, 2015, 18:52 GMT

    Can anyone explain to me how the ball "gathers momentum as it flies toward the slip cordon"?

  • POSTED BY Faisal on | May 25, 2015, 16:13 GMT

    I cant believe Younus Khan is not mentioned at all in the article

  • POSTED BY Kendal on | May 25, 2015, 15:45 GMT

    Brian MacMillan was to my mind the safest slip fielder I have seen. He didn't have the lightning reflexes and natural grace of Mark Waugh, but he was suprisingly agile for a big fella and didn't drop anything within range. Out of the SA slippers, I rate him above Kallis, who was also excellent.

  • POSTED BY Ian on | May 25, 2015, 12:41 GMT

    @BRAHMS ON - The moment I read the line on 'increased momentum', I knew someone will refer to a middle-school Physics text book, and act wise. How do you think the ball speeds off the bat sometimes to the boundary, and sometimes it just dies dead at the feet of the batsmen? The answer to it depends on what type of force is exerted on the ball by the bat, and direction of force. An edge, exerts force, which is usually not in the direction where the ball came from. This force adds acceleration to the ball, and this causes the speed (velocity) to increase. Eventually, with resistance, the acceleration reduces (and becomes negative). However, even with reducing acceleration, the velocity still continues to increase, until the acceleration becomes 0. So long story short...yes the momentum increases even if for a short period of time.

  • POSTED BY Edwin on | May 25, 2015, 11:54 GMT

    I would not rate a slip catcher on the chances taken, but on those missed - in that respect Mark Waugh tops the list imo.

  • POSTED BY Musti on | May 25, 2015, 10:41 GMT

    @Naikan, I fully agree with you. I think no one would ever come close to Eknath Solkar in terms of catching. Solkar's profile in Cricinfo reads "....Statistically, Solkar remains Test cricket's most successful fielder, with 53 catches in just 27 matches - of those who played at least ten, the next best is Bob Simpson's 110 in 62 Tests, or 1.77 per match to Solkar's 1.96.....". His catching has be out of this world, if people like Ponting (1.167 per match) and Mark Waugh (1.414 per match) are considered beyond brilliant by some (refer comment by PFEL). By the way @PFEL, Ponting played more tests than Dravid and Mahela, who took more catches than him. Now whose comments are laughable?

  • POSTED BY As on | May 25, 2015, 10:21 GMT

    I couldn't find the great Younas Khan, who has brilliant record and far enough that Ian Chapel or other in the list

  • POSTED BY sarim on | May 25, 2015, 10:12 GMT

    Kallis, Stephan Flemming and Younis Khan must not have been missed from at least a single mention. All three of them belong to the top tier of the slip catchers as all of them catch with immense calm and poise.

  • POSTED BY sam on | May 25, 2015, 9:47 GMT

    Mark Waugh is the best slip catcher I have seen in the last 25 years. Mohammad Azharuddin is the best all-round catcher I have ever seen. His catching at silly-point and slip to Kumble was unreal; especially at silly point. Mark Taylor and Ian Healy and Mahela Jayawardene were also similarly unreal to Shane Warne and Murali respectively.

  • POSTED BY Patrick on | May 25, 2015, 9:27 GMT

    Jayawardene and Dravid played a lot of matches and took a lot of catches, but putting them on the same level as Mark Waugh or Ricky Ponting is laughable. Those two were beyond brilliant. Dravid and Mahela were decent catchers that happened to be standing at slip for a lot of catches coming their way.

  • POSTED BY Edward on | May 25, 2015, 9:00 GMT

    Graham Roope - surprised Mike doesn't remember him

  • POSTED BY Mohan on | May 25, 2015, 8:14 GMT

    I don't disagree with this list - in fact Dravid happens to be my favourite. However I feel sad that these kind of lists don't seem to fairly weigh in players from the past. While in the current era it is possible to run up huge numbers in Runs, Wickets or Catches just by the sheer amount of cricket being played, such was not the case in the time before the 80s. So I wish the list had gone deeper, qualitatively, into the past. Even as a small child I was enamoured by the Fantastic catching photographs of Eknath Solkar. Fielding in a suicidal position usually at the foot of the batsmen without any protection, he brought of some of the most amazing catches ( http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/image/211921.html?object=34085;dir=next ) and contributed in no small measure to the fame of the Indian Spin quartet. He is one of the few cricketers in cricket history who found a place in a team on the basis of his catching ability alone.

  • POSTED BY Rahul on | May 25, 2015, 7:49 GMT

    I think Stephen Fleming and Younis Khan are right there at top with Mark Waugh... Fleming was just like Waugh, brilliant and calm in slips with safe big hands

  • POSTED BY Nirmal on | May 25, 2015, 7:43 GMT

    Mark Waugh is best ever, every one takes a catch at the slips, but not like waugh class.

  • POSTED BY Richard on | May 25, 2015, 7:34 GMT

    In the first item on the list, Darren Berry says "the ball gathers momentum as it flies towards the cordon." What utter rubbish. Momentum is mass times velocity - the mass of the ball doesn't change and there's no way the velocity of the ball can increase - in fact air resistance will decrease it. Go back to school and learn a bit of basic physics. In my school days there was a superb slip fielder in Yorkshire called Phil Sharpe - said to be the best England have ever had. Unfortunately he didn't play many test matches as the selectors thought Keith Fletcher was a better batsman - the fact that he couldn't catch a cold didn't bother them.

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | May 25, 2015, 7:20 GMT

    Nice article....but a bit let down by no mention of Kallis, Mark taylor, or even brian Mcmillan....but I would stick with Waugh....simply because he made a hard slip catch easy...by just his movements so fluid, languid....

  • POSTED BY Tom on | May 25, 2015, 6:58 GMT

    When an article starts off with a scientific nonsense - "No slip catch is ever easy because, generally, the ball gathers momentum as it flies towards the cordon." I tend to ignore it.

  • POSTED BY Heramba on | May 25, 2015, 6:38 GMT

    "Walter Hammond, so it is said, could catch a cricket ball and have it in his pocket before anyone knew it had gone to him."

    I have seen S Venkataraghavan do the same many times, at slip, gully and short leg. Yes, those were less demonstrative days, but Venkat (Like Mark Waugh) had this knack of moving only as much as needed to take a catch!

  • POSTED BY Saheen on | May 25, 2015, 5:44 GMT

    Good to see Simpson mentioning Azharuddin. He was a present day fielder back in the 80s when there were only bowlers and batters and no fielders in the Indian team.

    Navjot Sidhu, forgetting his garrulous nature for a moment, singularly picked out Azhar as the greatest allround fielder ever. Many of his wonderful catches came in the slip. Can we forget his catch off the bowling of Sachin to win the match against WI?

  • POSTED BY greig on | May 25, 2015, 5:30 GMT

    No mention of Jacque Kallis, one of the best fielders of all time. Did I miss something, are we still being excluded due apartheid?

  • POSTED BY Stratocaster on | May 25, 2015, 5:15 GMT

    How come no one even mentioned Stephen Fleming?

  • POSTED BY Sujith Lasan on | May 16, 2015, 17:38 GMT

    440 International catches for Mahela. He is the greatest catcher no doubt.

  • POSTED BY Humayoon Tariq on | May 12, 2015, 11:20 GMT

    One does not simply write an article on slip catching without mentioning Jacques Kallis.. Coolest slip fielder ever..

  • POSTED BY Paul Minnaar on | May 6, 2015, 7:35 GMT

    Hmmmmm, best slippers I've seen are Brian McMillan (best ever), then Mark Waugh, Raul Dravid & Jaques Kallis

  • POSTED BY Stephen on | May 5, 2015, 14:46 GMT

    What about Brian McMillan of South Africa.............................safest pair of hands

  • POSTED BY sonai mitra on | May 5, 2015, 4:44 GMT

    these days Chris Jordan seems to be a great slipper...some of the catches he took in the english summer...were simply brilliant especially of Moeen Ali and in the recently concluded series the one he took of ali to dismiss Kraig Brathwaite was sensational...Carl Hooper was another great slip catcher as well