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Fielding positions: Mid-off (9)

Mid wicketSquare legFine legWicketkeeperSlipsThird manGullyPointCoverMid off

This is a good position for the captain to be fielding at.

It means they are close to the bowler enabling them to pass on advice and encouragement.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan often fielded at mid-off

The job of a mid-off fielder is to cut off the straight drive and has to stay on their toes to prevent the quick singles.

There are a couple of different positions in this area:

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.

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