Fielding isn't a young man's game.
One of the excuses I often hear about poor fielding standards is that you need to be young and energetic to do it well.
This is nonsense.
Monty Panesar was never a great fielder as a young man. If anything he has improved slightly with age. Jonty Rhodes is long retired as a cricketer but I'm certain he can still out run, throw and catch most club players.
That's because fielding skills are barely related to age, they are related to skill and athleticism. Both factors are improvable, even if you can never see the sunny side of 30 again. So stop using age as an excuse and try these things to improve your fielding:
Yes, some of this is smoke and mirrors. Most of it is hard work and passion for a job that most people dislike.
However, if you set the standard to be the best fielder in your club this year you might very well achieve it.
All it takes is practice, and you can still drag yourself to nets to do that.
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