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A boundary rider is a term used in the Australian Football League as well as other field sports to denote a commentator who works from the sidelines of the field or 'boundary'. It is a recent extension of the far earlier, Australasian use of the term "boundary rider"; i.e., one who rides round the fences of a station (hence "boundary"), checks their status, and repairs them when broken.

The role of the boundary rider is to have access to the players and coaching/medical staff on the interchange bench enabling them to provide more detailed commentary on current game plan as well as any injury concerns for the competing teams. They often also have the responsibility of interviewing players and coaching/medical staff during breaks in the games (quarter/half/three quarter time) as well as post conclusion of the match.[1]

Notable boundary riders[edit]


  1. ^ McClure, Geoff (20 February 2007). "Ready, steady ... go!". The Age (Melbourne). 

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International Cricket Council

International Cricket Council
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 03:13:10 -0700

Another one of those boundary-rider catches, but this one had added spice because Shikhar Dhawan's initial attempt was a fumble. Mohammed Shami's short ball was pulled by Mahmudullah, the top edge going straight to Dhawan at long leg. Backpedalling ...
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:14:30 -0700

Southee the boundary rider caught the ball one-handed and flicked it back into play as he was falling over the rope, and Nair swiftly came to his rescue to also grab the ball one-handed before it landed on the ground to complete the catch. Punjab will ...

Sydney Morning Herald

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Maxwell, always authoritative in what he had to say as a player, will be largely used as a boundary rider on a Sunday, working with the likes of Bruce McAvaney and Leigh Matthews. Popping a microphone in the face of a player or coach during the heat of ...
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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:25:43 -0700

He is a superb cover fielder and boundary rider with a strong arm. Kane Williamson, 24. Top-order batsman. 73 matches. 2,674 runs. High Score: 145*. The glue that holds New Zealand's batting together, Williamson was once considered too slow a scorer to ...
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:13:49 -0700

Ben Hilfenhaus had misjudged a catch off Michael Lumb that seemed to circle Pluto before dipping, but that was not a true measure of his fielding ability. When Shane Watson cut the ball to the sweeper and called for the second, Hilfenhaus was called to ...


Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:01:14 -0800

That way you force players to hit to the left of extra cover where you generally have a boundary rider giving you a bit of protection. You will not be hit for four there and vice-versa on the leg side where a boundary rider to the right of midwicket ...


Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:12:06 -0800

Where do you put your fourth boundary rider? Does it even matter? The test will be if he can do the same against stronger bowling attacks, but I will be just as interested to see what tactics are employed by those bowlers. Just seems to me you have to ...

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:33:57 -0700

They could conceivably top that against Scotland - who shipped 363 against Sri Lanka - and Warner admits the removal of one boundary rider has helped batsmen post larger scores. "Four fielders outside the circle makes a massive difference and I think ...

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