Why is the Third Man fielding position in Cricket called “Third Man”?


It's by no means definitive, but this link states that it's because, when overarm bowling was introduced, another fielder (to complement slip and point) was needed - this was the third fielder, hence third man.

This link, however, gives a subtly different interpretation.

The first link also gives these explanations:

Gully - Refers to the gap or 'gully' that exists between the slips and point

Cover - Refers to the position that 'covers' the point and middle of the wicket

Mid off and mid on - Shortenings of the terms 'middle wicket off' and 'middle wicket on'

Silly Mid On - the mid on is self explanatory, however it is believed that the silly refers to an old definition of silly, meaning ...

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There was a huge response to our collection of 12 guides of 212 words each for Olympic visitors to the UK.

The piece prompted more than 800 of you to submit your own mini-essays on British quirks and customs.

Excluding talking about the weather, here is a selection of 12. All in 212 words, of course.

Avoiding terms of address

British speakers of English try to avoid addressing each other by any sort of title. While speakers of French politely address strangers as "monsieur" or "madame", the British are tongue-tied at the point of interaction, hoping that simple proximity will indicate to whom they are talking. These days, it's considered condescending to use "sir" or "madam", unless the speaker is in a clearly-defined "service" role. To fill this gap, the locals have developed various colloquial circumlocutions. In London, for example, "guv[nor]", "mate" and "squire" are employed by males (according to complex rules) to address unknown males, with...

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A wicket-keeper (bending down) and three slips wait for the next ball. The batsman – out of shot – is a left-hander

Fielding in the sport of cricket is the action of fielders in collecting the ball after it is struck by the batsman, in such a way either to limit the number of runs that the batsman scores or to get the batsman out by catching the ball in flight or running the batsman out. Cricket fielding position can be broken down into offside and legside parts of the field.

A fielder or fieldsman may field the ball with any part of his person. However, if while the ball is in play he wilfully fields it otherwise (e.g. by using his hat), the ball becomes dead and 5 penalty runs are awarded to the batting side unless the ball previously struck a batsman not attempting to hit or avoid the ball. Most of the rules covering fielders are in Law 41 of the Laws of cricket.

In the early days of Test cricket, fielding was not a priority and many players were sloppy...

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By Barnaby Haszard Morris

'Silly point' is a real name for a cricket fielding position. So are 'fine leg', 'fly slip', and 'short third man'. And yet people still take cricket seriously!

There's a high knowledge barrier when it comes to understanding cricket. That barrier begins with the language of the game. If you spend enough time playing or watching cricket, the sometimes bizarre names for fielding positions become quite normal. But then you try to explain them to people who aren't cricket fans, and it all seems ridiculous again.

The following guide to cricket fielding positions is intended to be simple but thorough and appropriate for all cricket knowledge levels. If you're not already familiar with the meaning of the terms 'leg' and 'off' when talking about cricket, go and read the Cricket Glossary entries for leg side and off side first.


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Well the first ever day/night test match has been played over here and the pink ball was found to be a success.

It's just a shame that the Kiwis were the first ones beaten in the new format.


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Coming from someone that doesn't watch... Or even knows the rules... What's so special about the ball being pink? (Versus, I'm assuming, white.)
Test cricket is normally played with a dark red ball (white for 20 & 50 over matches), but the fluro pink...
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For ardent cricket followers over the years, the term ‘point’ can easily be associated with the man stationed for the cut shot. Or in simpler words, the cult figure of Jonty Rhodes refusing to allow anything within touching distance of him to go through. Similarly, the word ‘slip’ instantly leads to the mind imagining Shane Warne or Mark Waugh wearing their round hats, waiting to gobble up anything that Glenn McGrath or Brett Lee manage to get an edge off.

But have you ever wondered why the ‘slip’ is called a slip? Or why the ‘covers’ are named so (what do they cover anyway)? One of many interesting names is the ‘third man’ (wait, where are the first and second men?). Or the Indian favourite ‘gully’ (not to be construed to have any relation to ‘gully cricket’).

Let us try to see the origins of some of these apparently funny names of cricket fielding positions. Or should we use the term ‘silly’ names?

The ‘on’ and ‘off’ side of fielding

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Daisy-cutter -- See Shooter.

Dead ball -- When the ball is not in play, it is said to be 'dead'. The ball comes into play when the bowler starts his run-up, and becomes automatically dead when the umpire considers it to have 'finally settled' in the hands of the wicket-keeper or bowler, when a wicket falls, or when the ball reaches the boundary or when the umpire calls 'over' or 'time'. The umpire may call the ball dead at other times - for example, when the ball lodges in the batsman's clothing, or when a serious injury occurs to a player.

Declaration -- The decision of the batting captain to close his innings. Usually made in order to give his bowlers time to bowl the other side out to win the match, or delayed by twenty crucial minutes while the side's senior player struggles from 96 to 100.

Declaration bowler -- Inept bowler employed to allow the batting side to score quickly, usually in the hope of contriving a result...

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India 404 for 5 (Rohit 264, Kohli 66) beat Sri Lanka 251 (Mathews 75, Thirimanne 59, Kulkarni 4-34) by 153 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Rohit Sharma's first ODI in 10-weeks began with a touch of nerves. He was even kept scoreless in one Angelo Mathews maiden. By the end of the innings, his batting had become cartoonish. There was no shot he had not played. No part of the ground he had not exploited. No bowler who escaped his brutality. Rohit amassed 45 more runs than any ODI batsman had ever managed in an innings, finishing on 264 from 173 balls when he was finally caught off the last ball of the innings. India, almost incidentally, had moved to 404 for 5, despite having travelled at a run rate of less than six for the first 32 overs.

Rohit's innings was so ludicrous that the first 100 runs, which were hit at a run-a-ball, seems achingly humdrum in comparison to the 164 that followed. The surge had actually begun before he...

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Kusal Mendis still playing at 169* during the course of Sri Lanka’s second innings in Pallekele. (Source: AP)

A rain-affected Test match is never a rare site when the encounter is hosted by Sri Lanka. The 1st clash of this Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka have had a similar story. Both days were called off early due to rain in Kandy. Sri Lanka in first innings were bundled out for a mere 117 runs and in reply the visitors took a 86-run lead in the first innings. The first day’s play didn’t see a singlr ball being bowled after Tea while the second day’s entire final session was also washed away by rain. Sri Lanka now begin Day 3 with a deficit of 80 runs having 9 wickets at their disposal. Earlier on Day 2, Australia after grabbing a first innings lead secured an early blow in the second. Mitchell Starc trapped Kusal Perera in front to hand over Australia their first breakthrough. Starc bowled just two deliveries of his second over when the day was called off due to...

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DM's Explanation of Cricket - Bowling Strategy and Tactics

Bowling Strategy and Tactics

Field Placement

Refer to Fielding Positions for the names and locations of fielding positions.

The captain places fielders in positions designed to do two things:

Get batsmen out by being in the right places to take catches. Prevent runs being scored. Because wickets are at a premium, there will almost always be several fielders placed in positions whose primary purpose is to take catches. This includes fielders in the slips, gully, silly point, silly mid off, silly mid on, short leg, and leg slip. These are attacking fielders.

More dispersed fielding positions in the infield are designed to prevent runs, while several are also in suitable positions to take an occasional catch. Example positions of this type include point, cover, mid off, mid on, midwicket, and square leg.

Positions in the outfield are mostly used solely to prevent runs. These positions...

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NZ 126/7 (20 Ovs)

IND 79/10 (18.1 Ovs)

New Zealand won by 47 runs

So the Super 10s are off to a great start. Many tagged India as favourites, especially with them playing at home. A turning track was just what they wanted. Dhoni actually was not unhappy to lose the toss because he knew that his spinners could bowl without the dew taking full effect. But unfortunately for him and his side, dew hardly made an appearance and batting was even tougher second time around. Williamson is delighted that the three-spinner strategy worked so well, while his counterpart is disappointed that his batsmen let him down. Time to move on. Tomorrow is a double-header. First up, Pakistan and Bangladesh lock horns in Kolkata, and then England take on West Indies in Mumbai. Let's hope that we have a cracking Wednesday. Good night and goodbye!

Below are a few tweets pertaining to the game:

Suryakumar Yadav: In 2007 world T20 also India lost to NZ but at the end everyone...

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BAN 279/8 (50 Ovs)

AFG 138/10 (33.5 Ovs)

Bangladesh won by 141 runs

This is it from this game. Afghanistan will take a lot of heart from here. Bangladesh cannot rest, they face England next. The ODI series starts on 7th October, we will see you then. This is Abhisek Chaudhary signing off on behalf of Kumar Abhisekh Das and Naga.

Mortaza forgets to collect the trophy, realises it soon and turns back to collect it. His teammates surround him for that compulsory photo

Mortaza: Hopefully, it will be alright (talking about his leg). The way the team is performing, it is really delightful. Hopeful, it will continue with a lot of series coming. Once the guys get the chance, they perform. That is how teams improve. They have been phenomenal for the last 8-10 years (talking about the senior players). I think this game will do some good to the boys. There are seven days left for the series against England, we will work hard for that one. Hopefully, we will...

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Cricket, more than most sports, is full of expressions and terms designed to bewilder the newcomer (and often even the more seasoned follower). In an attempt to unravel some of the stranger terminology, we have put together a cricket glossary. If we are missing anything - and cricket commentators have an annoying habit of inventing new words and phrases - please email us and we will see if we can help.

Arm Ball A ball bowled by a slow bowler which has no spin on it and so does not turn as expected but which stays on a straight line ("goes on with the arm")

The Ashes Series between England and Australia are played for The Ashes (click here for more information)

Asking rate - The runs required per over for a team to win - mostly relevant in a one-dayer

Ball Red for first-class and most club cricket, white for one-day matches (and, experimentally, women once used blue balls and men orange ones). It weighs 5.5 ounces ( 5 ounces for women's cricket and...

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Andrew John Strauss, OBE (born 2 March 1977) is a retired English international cricketer who played county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club who was formerly captain of England's Test cricket team. A fluent left-handed opening batsman, Strauss favoured scoring off the back foot, mostly playing cut and pull shots. Strauss was also known for his fielding strength at slip or in the covers. He became the Director of Cricket for England cricket team in 2015, soon before the sacking of Peter Moores.[2][3][4]

Strauss made his first-class debut in 1998, and his One Day International (ODI) debut in Sri Lanka in 2003. He quickly rose to fame on his Test match debut replacing the injured Michael Vaughan at Lord's against New Zealand in 2004.[5] With scores of 112 and 83 (run out) in an England victory, and the man of the match award, he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his debut and was close to becoming the first Englishman to score centuries in...

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