England’s fielding woes continue to be exposed in the five-match Ashes series currently underway. The England fielders have been found guilty of dropping crucial catches in the slips which come back to haunt them. The latest opportunities missed included that of Steve Smith and Tim Paine as catches offered by the edges of their bats went begging down.
A damning statistic depicting the dire state of England fielding is the fact their catching percentage over the last year and a half is one of the worst in the world. England have caught only 76% of the chances offered to their fielders in the longest format, which is the second-lowest among the top 9 nations.
Only Bangladesh fare poorer than England in the field as they have a catch percentage of 69%. Interestingly, Pakistan and South Africa occupy the top two positions on this specific table.