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10 greatest Australian fielders of all time

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Considered perhaps the best side in cricket over the years, Australia have also always been at the top as a fielding side. Former skipper Ricky Ponting ranks perhaps only below Jonty Rhodes in the list of the all-time fielding greats.

Here's a look at some of the greatest fielders, in no particular order from Down Under:

Ricky Ponting

Unanimously regarded as one of the best fielders of all time, World Cup-winning Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is an obvious choice for this list.

Despite having been retired for five years, Ponting continues to hold the record of the most run-outs effected in all International matches - a staggering 80.

'Punter,' as he was popularly known, never restricted himself to one position, and variously fielded at silly point, cover and in the slips. It was not just catches Ponting was proficient at - if a knock landed in the hands of Ponting and you were short of your ground, you were as good as guaranteed a walk back to the pavilion.

Ponting still holds the record for most Test catches by an Australian non-keeper at 196; he took the meat of those - a staggering 36 catches - against India, with South Africa coming a close second at 35. Interestingly, former South African skipper Graeme Smith has called Ponting "the toughest rival" he has ever played against.

Punter was equally adept in ODIs, and took 160 catches - this time making New Zealand (25 catches) and the West Indies (23) his bunny.

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