Aggregate refers to the total number of runs
made, catches taken or dismissals completed by a
player during a season or career.
A batting stroke that is anything other than
standard or textbook.
An All Rounder refers to a player who is good at
both forms of the games aspects batting and
bowling. In the modern game fielding and wicket
keeping can also make a player an All Rounder.
A plea made to the umpire by the bowler/fielding
side when they believe a batsman should be given
out, the umpire then has to decide whether a
batsman has been dismissed or not.
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".
A ball delivered by a spin bowler that swings in
the direction of the follow through delivery
The Armguard is a piece of protective padding
located on the batsman's front forearm.
A pitch with a man-made surface, this could be
an area covered with matting or constructed from
synthetic turf for example.
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 available (and variety) bowlers at
the disposal of the fielding captain.
The total figure reached by calculation of a
batsman's run scoring performance measured
against the number of times dismissed, or in a
bowler's performance measure against the number
of runs conceded as compared to the number of
Also known as the out swinger. A ball moving
from the line of the stumps at the bowlers end,
towards the slips area.
Refers to the movement of the batsman who has
placed their centre of gravity onto the back
foot. Usually occurring as a result of a rising
delivery. Generally a defensive batting
technique, but occasionally used to attack the
ball, with shots like the hook and pull.
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.
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
The two small pieces of moulded timber, which
sit at the top of the stumps.
Consisting of a leather case with a cork
The implement used by the batsman to strike the
ball and defend his wicket. Manufactured from
timber, with a preference given by bat makers to
willow. Bats come in a assortment of weights and
sizes to suit the individual batsman.
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, for the
purpose of scoring runs during a match or game.
Refers to a pitch that will clearly favour the
The process of using the bat for the making of
runs or defending the wicket.
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.
A bowling delivery aimed at the head area of the
Beaten is a term used 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.
Bite / Grip
The amount of turn a spin bowler can obtain from
the surface of the pitch.
The block is a all out defensive shot that a
batsman plays to protect his wicket.
Bowling deliveries 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.
A mechanical device used to deliver the ball to
a batsman. Can only be used during practice or
training drills as a device to help a batsman
improve his game against particular types of
The protective device worn by male players to
protect the "unmentionables".
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 for a catch.
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
The peaked head dress normally worn by a team
member and showing the colours and or team logo.
A player is awarded the cap on their debut for
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 that when
delivered 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.
When a batsman is beaten by a ball and
subsequently dismissed through the stumps being
Refers to a declaration by the batting team of a
closure to an innings or the end of the days
Refers to the state of the pitch, usually late
in a game after experiencing considerable wear.
A spin bowler often favours a crumbling pitch,
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.
Refers to the farthest outfield. A fieldsman in
the deep is either at or near the boundary edge.
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
Drawing the Stumps
The physical act by an umpire of withdrawing the
stumps from the pitch at the schedule intervals
and at the close of the day's play.
A refreshment break during a session of play
where fluids are brought onto the ground.
Duck / Pair
A batsman is said to be out for a duck when they
fail to score a single run in their innings. If
a batsman fails to score in either of their
innings then they are said to be out for a pair.
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
The ground or oval on which a match is played.
Also refers to the placement of fieldsmen within
the playing area.
A player strategically placed within the field
of play, with the object of stopping the batting
team from scoring runs.
A hostile, generally fast pace bowler, who bowls
a succession of usually short pitched
A method used by a bowler to deliver a ball that
will spin off the surface of a pitch. The spin
on the ball is imparted with the use of a finger
or the fingers.
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.
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 required.
A batting stroke played with the full physical
power of the batsman.
A bowling delivery that reaches the batsman
without first having bounced on the pitch.
The act of a batsman patting down with the tip
of his bat, either loose areas of pitch or
pieces of the playing surface that may have come
apart through general ware.
When the very first ball dismisses a batsman he
faces without scoring.
The ability of a batsman to assess and sight a
delivery much quicker than would normally occur
a vital tool for the batsman to combat the many
different types of deliveries in the bowler's
A bowling delivery that pitches is such a
position, it will confuse the batsman as to
whether the ball should be played off the front
or back foot.
This is a delivery by a right arm spin bowler,
which to a right hand batsman appears as if it
will spin from leg to off, however, spins in the
The person who prepares and maintains the pitch
and playing field.
A bowling delivery that stays very low after
leaving the surface of the pitch.
The first thing any batsman does when he arrives
at the wicket or a new bowler comes on is take
guard, so that the batsman knows where he is
standing in relation to the stumps.
A bowling delivery that pitches in such a
position that the batsman is able to strike the
ball almost immediately it leaves the surface of
When a bowler is able to manage 3 dismissals
from 3 consecutive deliveries in the same match.
To strike and subsequently break the stumps by
the batsman resulting in the batsman's
A batting stroke played to the on side as a
result of a short-pitched delivery from the
Also stated as "Hows That?" when the fielding
side is appealing for a dismissal.
The grouping of fieldsman normally placed with
30-40 metres of the batsman.
The period of time spent batting by a team or
A delivery from a bowler, which deviates from
the leg side to the off side.
A slang term used to describe a delivery bowled
so well by the bowler it is unplayable by the
A term used to describe the batting innings of
an individual player.
Leg (Leg Side)
The part of the field that is behind the batsman
when he faces the bowler when batting. Also
known as the on side.
LBW - Leg Before Wicket
Better known as Leg Before Wicket a common
method of dismissal where the ball when having
been bowled would normally strike the stumps if
not for the fact it strikes the batsman's leg
first, based on certain circumstances.
A delivery from a spin bowler, which turns off
the surface of the wicket from the leg side to
the off side.
A delivery from a pace bowler that deviates from
the leg side to the off side after leaving the
surface of the pitch, generally used as a form
of slower ball for a fast bowler.
Used to describe the parts of the pitch where
the ball either struck or would have struck
prior to reaching the batsman.
Lofted (Lofted Shot)
A delivery struck in such a way it travels high
in the air for some distance, a potentially
risky shot if hit in the vicinity of a fielder.
When applied to a bowler describes an over where
no runs have been scored by the batsman from any
delivery. For batsman, it refers to a maiden
innings or maiden century etc.
Refers to the batting positions or batsmen
numbered between 5 and 7.
Generally applied to any area where cricket is
Simply, a completely new ball yet to be used in
play, or one, which has not been used for many
A player sent into bat that generally bats down
the bottom of the order, but is promoted up the
order usually near the end of a days play when a
wicket has fallen to protect the batsman and
also to prevent the loss of another batsman
before the end of play.
A term used to describe the batsman waiting at
the bowlers end.
The area immediately to the front of the batsman
when waiting for the bowler to deliver a ball.
The part of the playing surface of the arena
closest to the boundary.
The set number of balls bowled by a bowler. An
over consists of 6 balls. The umpire also calls
the term "Over" when the bowler has completed
his 6 balls.
Over the Wicket
Used to describe the bowling action of the
bowler when the delivery arm follows through on
the side closest to the stumps. The opposite
term is around the wicket, which describes the
bowling action of a bowler when the delivery arm
follows through on the side furthest from the
Describes the extra runs scored when a ball is
missed by the fielder or wicketkeeper when
returned to the stumps by the fielder.
Pace (Bowling - Bowler)
Describes all types of bowling other than spin
bowling. Can vary from medium to fast pace.
A protective device used to protect the legs of
both batsmen and wicketkeepers from being struck
by the ball.
Refers to the batting performance by two
particular batsmen whilst batting together
during any particular innings. Or to the
cumulative score made by two partnering batsmen.
In batting, refers to the ability of the batsman
to visually observe the type of delivery about
to be bowled by a bowler. In bowling, refers to
a method adopted by bowlers to lift the seam of
a cricket ball to gain an unfair advantage
A slang term used to describe a bowler of poor
A term also used to describe the wicket where
the batting and bowling is performed. Wickets
must be 22 yards in length to comply with the
Laws of Cricket.
When a batsman is standing directly in the line
of the stumps when the ball hits the pad.
A term used to describe a bowler of fast pace.
The throw by a fielder of the ball to either the
wicketkeeper or the non-strikers end.
The method of scoring during a game of cricket,
when the two batsman run from one end of the
pitch to the other.
A player dressed in full batting equipment
called to act as the runner for an injured
batsman. A runner is only permitted to run for
the injured batsman, who is still required to
face the bowling.
A method of dismissing the batsman by disturbing
the stumps before the batsman has made his
ground and is within the batting crease.
Seam (Bowler - Bowling)
Refers to a bowler who can cause a ball to
strike the pitch on the seam of the ball,
thereby causing it to deviate in its delivery
path prior to reaching the batsman.
A group of officials appointed for the purpose
of picking the players to represent a cricket
Refers to a period of play during a cricket
match. A day is made up by three sessions
Morning (start-lunch), afternoon (lunch-tea) and
A screen placed near the boundary behind the
line of the bowlers arm in order to aid the
batsman's sighting of the ball when bowled.
Refers to any fielding position that is located
very close to the batsman, for obvious reasons
that you would be silly to want to field there.
Refers to a catch that would under normal
circumstances be considered to be very easy.
The Captain of a cricket team.
To use either abusive or offensive words against
an opponent, to unsettle the batsman from his
Describes a pitch is in such a physical state,
it offers no advantage to a pace bowler,
however, a considerable advantage to a spin
A slang term used for the stumps.
Describes a pitch, which although dry on the
surface, has underlying soft patches. This type
of wicket is generally a difficult playing
surface for batsman as it can cause a ball to
The name given to the batsman who is facing the
bowler. The batsman is said to be "on strike".
The three upright timber sticks at each end of
the pitch. Sitting atop each set of stumps are
two bails. A term also used to describe the end
of a days play.
Sundries / Extras
Refers to any run scored by any means other than
from the bat.
Generally refers to the last 4 batsmen on the
A cricket match of International standard
lasting for 5 days, named so due to the fact it
is a Test of ability to win the match.
A batting stroke that is perfectly played just
like the textbook/coaches teach.
Refers to the very bottom edge of the bat.
The toss of a coin is used to determine whether
a particular team will initially bat or bowl to
open a match.
An extra player chosen for a team to act as a
substitute fieldsman in the event one is called
for. The twelfth man is generally not permitted
to bat or bowl.
Generally used by a batsman to indicate his
acceptance of a dismissal without waiting for
the decision of an umpire. It was once the usual
practice, but is now very uncommon expect a
select few who still wish to play the game in a
This term has many different uses. It can refer
to the batting and bowling area, a dismissal by
a bowler is classed as a wicket also it is
another name for the stumps. The pitch also can
be called the wicket.
An over in which the bowler has taken a wicket
without a batsman scoring runs.
A bowling delivery that generally passes under
the bat near to a batsman's toes.