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Fielding positions: Cover (5)

Mid wicketSquare legFine legWicketkeeperSlipsThird manGullyPointCoverMid off

The cover area runs from point all the way round to mid-off.

It's another very busy area on the off-side to be fielding in and the better fielders will be found in this position.


The main aim in the covers is to stop the runs coming from the batsman driving off the front or back foot.

There are a few different positions in the covers:

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.

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