In the first Ashes Test of 2015, England brought in another weird fielding position: the silly slip.
Joe Root, helmet-clad, took a position at third slip that was far too close for comfort. It was reasonable considering the slow pitch and the low chance of an edge carrying to orthodox third slip. Successful or not, it is another in the long line of "funky" fielding positions that span back to the 1970s (at least).
Yet, club and school cricket remains staunchly formulaic. Is there something we can learn from the pros here?
From orthodox to funky; being a better captain and bowler means mastering the art of setting the field in your cricket matches.
Chances are you know fields that suit certain bowlers and match situations. There is much more to it that that though. There are some underlying principles of field setting that allow you to become more flexible while basing everything in solid logic.
The result of understanding the core of field setting is that you can have the right players in the right places at the right time. And that's going to get you more wickets.
Dhoni has quit Test cricket, and has left behind a rich history of entertainment for millions. He has also taught us a lesson or two along the way.
As tribute, here are some of PitchVision Academy's favourite articles about the wicketkeeper who lead by example with bat, gloves and sometimes even ball:
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In the 2nd Test against England, Dhoni stood back to the spinner.
It's a tactic regularly employed in lower standard games where the keeper doesn't have the confidence to stand up. In short, it's village cricket.
But there was a method in the madness.
Rewind to 2004 and a moment that struck a chord with world-class cricketers.
When Michael Vaughan took over as England captain, he said that he wanted 10 other captains out on that pitch with him every day.
Very soon that group of England players were winning Test match after Test match on their way to Ashes success. As a group of coaches, we felt that there was a minimum of 9 captains on the field at any one time.
I have known, worked with and admired Graeme Smith for many years. Over the years he taught me some valuable coaching lessons.
I first met "Biff" when he was a 18 year old lad straight out of school. He played some club cricket in the UK and was in my Hampshire Board XI for a few games. I was impressed with his maturity and sense of fun; less impressed with his "grubby" technique.
The key lessons that I learnt from the great man are:
When things are not going as planned, the great captains often have a proposal to resolve the situation.
Brian Ashton calls this "and now for something completely different" or "what if" planning.