Wicketkeeping Pads are for protection

Sam Fraser 3


by Kevin Keys


Pads are for protection

Pads should never be the primary means of stopping the ball. They are there for protection and as a second line of defence only.


Taking returns from the field

All throws should be taken in the gloves. Never use the pads to deliberately stop the ball. Your pads are for protection and not to be used like the pads of a hockey goalkeeper.

Always keep the stumps between you and the ball. Don’t get in front of the stumps as this will reduce your chances of achieving a run out.

Always provide a target for the fielder by holding a hand up.


Move up to the stumps

Whenever the ball is likely to be returned to the batting end stumps by a fielder, make sure you move up to the stumps. In effect this means that unless the ball has been missed or left by the batter, you should move up to the stumps expecting the ball to be returned to you.
Be seen, not heard

Make keeping look easy, rather than sound easy. Don’t talk to the batter unless he talks to you first.


Communicate with the bowlers

A word of encouragement to a hard working bowler is always welcomed. The bowler and the wicket-keeper can even work out traps for the batter together, especially if the batter is keen to move out of his crease at the ball. A slight prearranged variation in pace, flight or spin may tempt a batter out of his crease and present a stumping chance. The bowler and keeper should learn to communicate with subtle signals, unobserved by the batters.