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Simplographic: Cricket Field Positions Explained

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

We all love the crazy terminology in cricket. But the crazy names are also a stumbling block for people coming to the game fresh. So here’s a handy Simplographic, so you can tell your gully from your deep mid off.

The simple bits:


  • Cricket has some silly names for fielding positions
  • Some of them literally have the word silly in them
  • But while charming, they can get confusing
  • We’ve broken it down for you in a Simplographic




It’s the wonderfully anachronistic language that makes cricket such a wonderfully silly game. I mean, it literally has a fielding position with ‘silly’ in the name. What other sport has that? (Spoiler alert: none). But the crazy names are also a stumbling block for people coming to the game fresh. I mean…where exactly is a gully? When you’re sent to silly mid-off, where do you stand? And where is Cow Corner? 


Firstly, some rules of thumb:

When a fielding position contains the words ‘deep’ or ‘long’ it’s not part of a coffee order. It usually means that the fielder is usually placed right out on the boundary.

When a fielding position starts with ‘short’ or ‘silly’, it’s not describing Todd from HR’s casual friday outfit.  It usually means a fielder stands in closer than a conventional fielder in that position would normally stand.

Then there’s ‘leg side’ and ‘off side’. That can be a tricky one. Picture a batter standing side-on to her or his crease, ready to be bowled to. The area behind the batter is leg side. The area in front of the batter is the off side. 

Now…pinch and zoom on this bad boy. Or even better, print it out and have it folded in your back pocket all summer.