This is part three of a series on how to captain in the field. To go to part one click here. To go back to the introduction click here.
Along with bowling changes, field placing is the other obvious part of captaincy in the field.
The simple way to look at it is to put the fielders where you think the ball is most likely to go (not always just where it has gone).
How do you do that without resorting to the stock fields that everyone uses?
Before we get into that, a word about orthodox fields: They are orthodox because they have been proven to work over the test of time. Slips remain in place because batsmen through the ages continue to edge the ball wide of the wicketkeeper. Mid on and mid off exist because even the most extreme Twenty20 specialists play shots with a straight bat sometimes.
That said it's important not to mindlessly follow what you consider the norm. Just because every captain in your club starts the game with a couple of slips, a gulley and a saving one field it does not mean you should.
For the basic theory of field placing take a look at my article here.
Once you have that in your mind, let's go back to the basic aim of field placing: Putting your players where you think the ball will go.