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Refers to the total number of runs made, catches taken or dismissals completed by a player during a season or career.

Agricultural Shot
A batting stroke which is anything other than standard or copybook.

All Rounder
Refers to a player who is good at both batting and bowling.

A plea made to the umpire by the fielding side when they believe a decision is needed to clarify whether a batsman has been dismissed.

Used to describe the accuracy and strength of a fielder who is very good at returning a ball from the outfield. IE: The player may be described as having a good "arm".

Arm Ball
A ball delivered by a spin bowler which swings in the direction of the follow through delivery arm.


Protective padding located on the batsmans front forearm.

Artificial Pitch
A pitch with a surface made from concrete, covered with matting or constructed from synthetic turf. Regulation pitches are produced from rolled turf.

A small wooden urn containing the ashes of a burnt bail from the 1882 Australia v England test series. The urn is representative of the "death" of cricket, said to have occurred as a result of an Australian victory in the 1882 match. The Ashes, have since become a prized trophy contested every 2 years in the Ashes series played between Australia and England.

Refers to the variety of available bowlers at the disposal of the fielding captain.

The total figure reached by computation of a batsmans run scoring performance measured against the number of deliveries faced or a bowlers performance measure against the number of runs conceded as compared to the number of wickets taken.

Away Swinger
Also known as the out swinger. A ball moving from the line of the stumps at the bowlers end, towards the slips area.

Back Foot
Refers to the movement of the batsman who has placed his cetre of gravity onto the back foot. Usually occurring as a result of a rising delivery. Generally a defensive batting technique, but occassionaly used to attack the ball.

Back Up
Refers to the batsman at the bowling end who leaves his crease after the bowler has released the ball in preparation for making a run.

Baggy Green
The name given to the Cap worn by the Australian players. It refers to the baggy, oversized appearance of the cap, the colour of which is dark green.

The two small pieces of moulded timber which sit atop the stumps.

Consisting of a leather case with a cork interior generally bound with fine cord.

The implement used by the batsman to strike the ball and defend his wicket. Generally manufactured from timber, with a preference given by bat makers to Willow.

Refers to a close in fieldsman who is waiting for a ball that after striking the bat, comes off the pad and rises into the air.

A player who uses a bat to hit, edge, snick or guide the ball after it has been bowled, usually for the purpose of scoring runs during a match or game, but often also to practice the art and skills of batting.

Batsman's Paradise
Refers to a pitch that will clearly favour the batting side.

The process of using the bat for the making of runs or defending the wicket.

Batting Crease
Also known as the Popping crease, this term refers to the line located 48 inches in front of the stumps and denotes the batsman's safe ground. If a batsman is within his batting crease, he cannot be stumped or run out. See Diagram

A bowling delivery aimed at the head of the batsman.

When a batsman attempts to strike the ball with the bat and fails to contact it. He is said to have been "beaten" by either the pace or skill of the delivery.

The amount of turn a spin bowler can obtain from the surface of the pitch.

The position taken by the batsman when waiting for a ball to be bowled. Can also be used to describe a defensive batting stroke.

A bowling delivery of fast pace and pitched short with the purpose of rising to around chest height when arriving at the batsman.

Denotes the outer limit of the playing area. Also used to describe a stroke by the batsman which immediately results in 4 runs.

To deliver the ball in a manner determined to be legal by the umpire.

Refers to a player who primarily excels at delivering a ball to a batsman or a player in the process of delivering the ball.

Bowling Crease
Refers to the line which runs directly through the area at the base of the stumps and for 48 inches either side and bounded by the return crease. See Diagram

Bowling Machine
A mechanical device used to deliver the ball to a batsman. Can only be used during practice or training drills.

The protective device worn by male players to protect the genitals. See Picture

A delivery that spins to either side of the pitch after leaving the surface.

Bump Ball
A ball that canons into the ground immediately after leaving the bat and to the appearance of fieldsmen and spectators looks to have come directly off the bat.

A run generally scored through any means other than being struck by the bat.

Either a confirmation or refusal that a run should be taken by a batsman in order to alert his partner. Usually shouted as a "Yes" "No" or "Wait"

The peaked head dress normally worn by a team member and showing the colours and or team logo.

Caught Behind

A ball caught by the wicketkeeper after being struck by the batsman.

Refers to a new ball because of its bright red cherry coloured appearance.

A delivery by a left arm spinner which to a right hand batsman appears as if it will spin from off to leg, however, spins in the opposite direction. Devised by a West Indian player of Chinese descent.

A bowler who the umpire has determined, not to have delivered the ball in a legal manner.

Clean Bowled
When a batsman is beaten by a ball and subsequently dismissed through the stumps being broken.

Refers to a declaration by the batting team of a closure to an innings or the end of the days play.

Cover Drive
An attacking batting stroke directed towards the covers area or the protective covering placed over the pitch during adverse weather conditions.

Refers to the state of the pitch, usually late in a game after experiencing considerable wear. A crumbling pitch is often favoured by a spin bowler, as it will allow the ball more bite and turn.

In batting, refers to a stroke played to the off side between the covers area and the wicketkeeper. In bowling, refers to the deviation of a delivery, caused by the bowler imparting varying types of spin on the ball. These type of deliveries are referred to as "cutters" either leg cutter or off cutter.
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Refers to the farthest outfield. A fieldsman in the deep, is either at or near the point boundary.

Dig In
The act of a batsman ensuring he remains at the crease for a long period, rather than attack and risk his wicket by attempting to score frequent runs.

Drawing the Stumps
The physical act by an umpire of withdrawing the stumps from the pitch at the close of the day's play.

A refreshment break during a session of play where fluids are brought onto the ground.

A score of zero believed to have got its name from the shape of the numeral for zero and the fact it resembles a duck's egg.

The outermost perimeter of the bat. Also refers to a ball only just struck by the edge of the bat by a batsman. Sometimes called a "snick".

A very faint edge of a ball by the batsman, aka a "snick".

The ground or oval on which a match is played. Also refers to the placement of fieldsmen within the playing area. See Diagram

A player strategically placed within the field of play, with the object of stopping the batting team from scoring runs. Fielding Positions Diagram

A hostile, generally fast pace bowler, who bowls a succession of usually short pitched deliveries.

Finger Spin
A method used by a bowler to deliver a ball which will spin off the surface of a pitch. The spin on the ball is imparted with the use of a finger or the fingers.

The cream coloured clothing worn by a cricketer.

Generally refers to the condition of a pitch which has an even surface without much bounce.

The loop in the path of the ball after being bowled by the spin bowler into the breeze, which will cause it to drop sharply onto the pitch with the hope of deceiving the batsman.

A delivery used by a leg spin bowler which presents to the batsman in a flatter and faster delivery to the normal leg spin delivery. This delivery is believed to have been devised by Australia's Richie Benaud. But, some anecdotal evidence suggests it may have been first used by Clarrie Grimmet.

Follow On
The requirement by the fielding Captain for the batting team to immediately bat again after being dismissed during its first innings and not having met the total of the opposing side at the close of the first days play.

Full Blooded
A batting stroke played with the full physical power of the batsman.

Full Toss
A bowling delivery which reaches the batsman without first having struck the pitch.
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also a very well and known word used by english commentators, "JEFFA" a ball that is unplayable...
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