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?