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Cricket's classic catches
Catches may not always win matches, but some of them can certainly bring a crowd to life.

"That's the greatest catch I've ever seen" was the verdict of many fans after Paul Collingwood's astonishing effort to dismiss Matthew Hayden at Bristol.

It was one of those which either stick or don't - thankfully that one stuck
Paul Collingwood

In the vital position at backward point, he took off from the ground and with his arm stretched vertically like a periscope, clutched the ball in his fingers to Hayden's disbelief.

But Collingwood is up against some stiff competition when it comes to deciding the best catch ever taken. BBC Sport looks back at a few rival contenders.

VASBERT DRAKES, WEST INDIES v CANADA, 2003 WORLD CUP

Vasbert Drakes
Canada's John Davison had raced to the fastest World Cup century and was 111 not out off 75 balls when he attempted to launch Wavell Hinds over long-on for his seventh six.

The ball had apparently cleared Drakes, when he somehow jumped backwards and was almost horizontal to the ground when he grabbed the ball in his right hand.

SHAHID AFRIDI, PAKISTAN v ENGLAND, LORD'S 2001

Shahid Afridi
England were chasing a target of 243 to win a one-day game at Lord's and were almost there on 237-8 when Marcus Trescothick, on 137, failed to middle a lofted shot off Saqlain Mushtaq.

Afridi and Shoaib Malik both sprinted towards the ball and despite a collision which left Malik with a broken arm, Afridi managed to keep his eye on the ball and take the catch.

JAMES KIRTLEY, ENGLAND v INDIA, LORD'S 2002

James Kirtley
Catches on the boundary edge are often routine, but that was certainly not the case as Kirtley flung himself to his left to dismiss Sourav Ganguly during a one-day international.

The ball was just inches off the ground when Kirtley got his fingers underneath it but ultimately it was all in vain as India won by six wickets.

JONTY RHODES, SOUTH AFRICA v ENGLAND, EDGBASTON 1998

Jonty Rhodes
The speed, agility and anticipation of Rhodes was unequalled and he pulled off many magnificent catches during his career.

But perhaps the best of all came when he dismissed Robert Croft with a spectacular two-handed effort with most observers unable to believe he got anywhere near it.

GLENN McGRATH, AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND, ADELAIDE 2002

Glenn McGrath
England's hopes of avoiding an innings defeat at the Adelaide Oval faded as McGrath flew through the air to catch Michael Vaughan and leave them on 114-5.

Not one of the game's natural athletes, McGrath was stationed at deep square leg when he dived to take Vaughan's pull just inside the fence.

MORE GOOD 'UNS

Sharjah Cup final 2000-01 - "South Africa's Jacques Kallis took a skier from Afridi at deep cover. He had to run almost 30m and then change direction in the air. Absolutely spectacular" Maiwand Majboor

Lord's Test 1990 - "Sachin Tendulkar caught Allan Lamb who mis-timed a hit off Hirwani. He ran full tilt for about 30 yards and caught it one handed a foot from the ground." Asik Khan

Cape Town Test 1996 - "Tendulkar pulled Brian McMillan to mid-wicket, Adam Bacher flew in the air and, mid-flight, contorted his body to reach the ball. It was astounding." Rory Alex

World Cup final 1983 - "Kapil Dev took the catch to get Viv Richards out, running back around 30 yards from mid-wicket. It eventually decided the World Cup." Hari Devadas

World Cup 1986-7 - "Roger Harper catching John Emburey at backward point. The ball was cut hard and Harper was four or five feet off the ground as he held it. High fives all round." Neil Bennett

Gillette Cup final 1971 - "Jackie Bond's one-handed catch at cover from a full-blooded drive to dismiss Asif Iqbal. That stunning catch turned the final." Mike Binns


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