5 best Australian slip catchers of all time
#4 Allan Border
Even though more gifted batsmen and better tactical skippers have emerged before and after him, Allan Border still commands palpable reverence in Australian cricket circles. In addition to being an unrelenting leader, he was also a tenacious batsmen capable of pulling his team out of treacherous positions. Perhaps, steadfast slip catching has been a lesser appreciated facet of his enduring legacy.
Border played a whopping 156 Tests and picked 156 catches. While his catch-per-innings ratio of 0.563 may appear relatively underwhelming, the left-hander's ability to pull off spectacular catches from thin air often left onlookers in amazement. His sprawling effort from second slip to dismiss New Zealand's John Reid during the 1985 Gabba Test is one of the best ever in the cordon. Fielding across a wide variety of positions, he also pouched 127 catches from 273 ODIs.