Two bails or small cylinders are balanced at the top
of three vertical dowels or stumps, the entire unit
is called the wicket.
Sounds like an oxymoron? The umpire is signalling a
ball (pitch) thrown from outside the boundaries of the
correct bowling position (the popping crease). He siganls
it by outstretching his arm sideways.
The batsman is the player wielding the long, flat, laminated
The bowler is the player throwing the red, leather ball
at the batsman.
Bowling A Maiden Over:
Happens to cricketers all the time, lucky chaps. Does
not refer to having a wonderful effect on your female
companion, but rather to bowling six balls without conceding
A protector worn by batsmen to protect the unmentionables.
Not really oriental. This is a leg break delivered by
a left handed bowler.
This is the cricketing term for the fielder at 'pull'.
He's there for catches. In the early days of cricket
it is reported that the fielder constantly looked down
(to see what he was treading in) as often as he looked
up to see the ball in mid air.
A fine leg, whether short or long, is a field position.
Describes a ball which does not hit the pitch before
it reaches the batsman.
Refers to the bowler having taken three wickets (dismissed
three batsmen) with successive balls. Demonstrates uncommon
skill and many years ago resulted in the bowler being
awarded a hat.
How's That or Howzat, or How is He?:
Not any inquiry by the bowler and/or fielder regarding
the batsman's health, but a question asked of the umpire
(usually aggressively) as to whether or not the batsman
It Went Straight Through Him:
Not really - the speed and/or angle of the ball off
the pitch enabled the ball to go between the bat and
the batsman's ribs.
Has other connotations but in cricket it means warming
up in a practice (better known as nets) before the game.
Not an injury but merely a ball spun so that, upon hitting
the pitch, moves from leg position to off to a right
handed batsman by a right handed bowler.
Not sexy lingerie, but a fielding position.
No athletics required, but refers to a ball pitched
(i.e. hitting the pitch) so short that the batsman has
ample time to judge where to hit the ball.
The game hasn't ended. It is the umpire's call signalling
that six balls have been bowled. At the end of the over
the bowler switches ends and bowls to the batsman at
the other end of the pitch.
Although cricket games can be long, the batsman does
not have to bat until morning. If a wicket falls late
in the day, near the close of play, the skipper sends
in a player, capable of preventing the fall of another
wicket. Thus the better batsmen are rested for next
The pitch is the 22 yard strip on the centre of the
field upon which the stumps are placed at either end.
In no way related to common usage, but a term used to
describe a very fast bowler.
Right Arm Round:
Refers to a bowler who bowls from the right side of
the wicket rather than the customary left side.
Round the Wicket:
"He bowls round the wicket right arm round"
Term refers to a bowler who doesn't bowl from the left
side of the wicket.
Silly, Short, Long or Deep:
"He's at silly mid off." Reflects the proximity
to the pitch at the batsman's end. Of course, if the
fielder is too silly (perilously close to the batsman)
- he is silly. Cricket fielders do not protect their
hands with gloves, any hard hit ball is likely to result
in injury to hands or body.
"He's playing in the slip". Slips are field
positions directly behind the wickets adjacent to the
stumper, can be occupied by up to five players.
Does not rotate with the possibility of screwing himself
into the ground, but imparts spin to the ball using
fingers and/or wrist to produce description of the ball
after it hits the pitch, hopefully before it reaches
"He throws a spinner." The slow ball thrown
by a bowler.
Is produced when a long hop is hit by the batsman to
(or past) the point position. It is not a cut against
Field conditions created by close cropped, recently
wet grass are called a sticky wicket. This field condition
adds a deadly spin to the bowled ball.
Not what you may think (although fielders have been
described as "standing round the corner, legs apart,
waiting for a tickle"). The fielder is anticipating
a very fine touch of ball on bat "tickling"
it to him for a catch. Tickle: "He tickled the
ball and was out." If the bowled ball slightly
tips the bat the batsman is called out.
Has various meanings: 1. Three vertical stumps or poles
with two bails balanced on top. The wicket is protected
by the batsman, while the bowler attempts to knocks
the bails off. 2. The immediate playing area including
the two batting creases and the mat between them.
If a ball is delivered beyond the batsman's reach wide
for his normal stance, the umpire calls "wide",
a run is added to the batting side's score and an extra
ball is bowled.
A player who is good at both batting and bowling.
Around the wicket:
When a bowler bowls with the wicket on the other side
of the body to the bowling arm.
Another name for a fast short-pitched ball.
Line, fence, rope, or clearly distinguished marking
of the where the field of play ceases. There are no
laws that govern the size of a cricket filed - however
depending on the competition, different measurements
are used. See law 19.
'Carry the bat':
If any of the openners stays while all the wickets are
taken it's said that that he 'carried the bat'.
When a batsman scores 100 runs in one innings.
When one plays their first cricket match it is refered
to as their 'Debut'.
When the captain of the batting announces his innings
closed before all batsmen being given out.
A short pause for drinks.
When a batsman who scored no runs is dismissed.
A complex system for dealing with rain interrupted games.
Byes, leg-byes, wides, and no balls.
A leg spin by an off spinner with the similar action
as of off break (Saqlain's speciality). Basically there
is no particular name in cricket terms for such a ball.
After being delivered from the bowler's hand, the ball
reaches the batsman without striking the pitch.
Out for a Duck (see above) on the very first ball of
A batsman asking for guard is wanting to know spots
on the pitch that line up with different stumps.
An off spin by a leg spinner with the similar action
as of leg break.
When a bowler takes three wickets in three consecutive
The period in which one side bats. A game of cricket
requires at least on innings from each team. See law
Common abbreviation for leg bye. When the ball touches
any cricketing gear of the batsman (other than his bat)
and he still manages to get runs.
When the wicket-keeper fails to collect the ball cleanly
and the opposition picks runs off the misdemeanour.
Common abbreviation for leg before wicket - a form of
The rate of completed overs per hour.
Over the wicket:
When a bowler bowls with the wicket on the side of the
body to the bowling arm.
Getting out for a nought (that is on zero) in both innings.
Some people get confused with pitches and wickets. The
pitch is the area between the bowling creases.
The average numbers of runs scored on an over.
Those who take the score - outs, runs, overs, balls
etc. Often the scorers are ignored and unmentioned but
they are just as important as umpires - maybe even more
Change of path by the ball in air. Mostly because of
wetness of ball or when the ball gets old.
The most dangerous ball ever. The ball changes its path
in air and pitches near the feet of the batsman.
The ball pitches near the feet of the batsman or between
his feet and the wicket.