Sixers see the light with Silk’s unusual fielding drills ahead of BBL

Jordan Silk has been described by many – including Ricky Ponting – as one of the best fielders in the country.

But now, he's sharing his secrets.

Ricky Ponting considers Jordan Silk one of the best fielders in Australian cricket.Credit:Getty

"It's one thing I try to do and one thing I try to sort of push onto my teammates," he said.

"It's easy to get a high ball straight up in the air right in front of you and you'd don't have to move, but it's rare that you're in that situation in the game."

The 28-year-old batsman said he also "constantly" tries to practise catches on the run at a sprinting pace as well as ground balls.

He will also practise when conditions are unfavourable, particularly in high winds.

Silk will return to his home state for his first game of the BBL season with the Sixers going up against the Hobart Hurricanes for their opening game of the tournament. Credit:Getty Images

"They're all things that that happen probably more often than those ones that just come straight at you, so that's why I do it," he said.

Silk will return to his home state with the Sixers facing the Hobart Hurricanes in their opening game of the tournament.

Despite being from Hobart, Silk is unable to leave the BBL bubble and is therefore staying in a hotel room instead of being in his own home.

"I get to experience Hobart from a different perspective I guess," he said.

"A lot of people are asking me for suggestions for coffee and restaurants."

The Sixers are heading into this year's season as defending champions and are using the concept of back-to-back wins for motivation.

But this year's season is shaping up to be a very different competition with three new rules implemented for 2020.

Entering this year's season fourth on the all-time list scoring list for the Sixers, Silk is particularly eager to make the most of the 'power surge'.

The new rule will see the power play shortened to four overs with an additional two-over power surge to be taken by the batting team any time after the 11th over.

"That's probably the one that's been highlighted most in our conversations," he said.

"For myself, being in middle order and having an opportunity to bat while there are only two fielders outside the ring is exciting and that can certainly bring about plenty of runs for me."

But the new rules could come with challenges, Silk said, worried it may turn new viewers away from the sport.

"It's probably going to be a little challenging to begin with trying to explain those rules to new fans," he said. "Cricket is a confusing game as it is, but it's exciting to be a part of change."

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