Rixon weighs in on top BBL fielders
Aussie fielding coach picks the league's best fielders
With less than three weeks until the start of the KFC T20 Big Bash League, we asked three Australian cricket experts, Steve Rixon, Greg Chappell and Troy Cooley, to run their eye over the squads and nominate the fielders, batsmen and bowlers to watch during BBL02.
In the first of a three-part series, today we look at fielding with Aussie coach Steve Rixon.
Steve Rixon’s Top Young Gun Fielders
Steve Smith (Sydney Sixers)
Steve says: Steve Smith is arguably the best all-round fielder in the world. He has the ability to field anywhere from slips to the inner ring where he completes plenty of run outs. He does an exceptional job on the boundary as well. His key qualities are his balance, anticipation and awareness.
Glenn Maxwell (Melbourne Stars)
Steve says: Glenn Maxwell is a guy that has magnificent hands. I believe his ability to get to the ball and his ability stay balanced when throwing and maintain a good arm path mark him as a superstar fielder of the future. He’s a guy who you can pick as a genuine all-rounder through his fielding
David Warner (Sydney Sixers)
Steve says: David Warner is the sort of player who everyone wants to come and watch and he has a lot to offer in the field. He stays relatively balanced, his awareness of the game is good, and his anticipation in positions square of the wicket is very good. Wherever a hot spot on the field needs to be covered, David is the guy you want place in that position.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Perth Scorchers)
Steve says: Nathan Coulter-Nile has the potential to be one of our best fielders. He’s a guy who will go from strength to strength. I’ve spoken to plenty of people about him and he’s one of most exciting prospects around Australian cricket. Hopefully his fielding will develop into one of his major assets in T20.
Ricky Ponting (Hobart Hurricanes)
Steve says: Strictly speaking, he falls outside this criteria used to compile this list, but I can’t talk about fielding without mentioning Ricky Ponting. Ricky has been our best fielder for many years and at the ripe age of 37, he still shows the standout qualities of a good fielder in great anticipation, awareness and clean hands which leads to the creation of run out opportunities. He reads the game better than the rest, has a magnificent arm and a consistent arm path which is why he hits the stumps more frequently than any other player. Not only is he a great fielder in close, he’s at ease anywhere in the field from the slips to protecting the boundary in the deep.