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The "hoodoo" 111 is an English cricket superstition which causes one English umpire to stand on One leg whilst England are on thet figure or any figure that is alike 111, fore eg: 222, 333 444 so 111 is basically an old superstition.
The appeal is when the fielding team ask the umpire to make a judgement on a decision (eg Caught behind or LBW). The team must appeal for the umpire to give the batsman out.
Arm Ball
An arm ball is a delivery that is diguised by a finger spin bowler and instead of spinning the ball the swing the balland the shape of the swing often follows the follow through of the arm and moves away from the batsman.
The word batsman describes the person standing in front of the stumps in a cricket match holding a cricket bat and attempting to face the ball that is delivered by the bowler.
Batting Average
Batting Average means the amount of runs a batsmans averages or basically scores
each time he or she goes out to bat, ie: if a batsman has batted 10 times
and been dismissed 10 times, and he or she has scored 500 runs during those 10 times at bat then if you divide the 10 times at bat and being dismissed into the 500 runs then you will have an average of 50 runs per innings.
The blockhole is the part of the crease that is directly beneath the batsman at the position of the batting stance, it is used to describe a delivery that almost yorks a batsman by the ball going underneath the batsman eyesight and bat and bowling them, if a batsman comes down on top of the full length delivery and hits or jams it out it is often described as a delivery right up in the blockhole.
The word bowler describes the person who delivers the cricket ball down the pitch to the batsman using the arm which is used without the elbow being bent.
China man
China man bowling is a word for a bowler who bowls left handed and spin the ball with the wrist like a leg spinner does, spinning the ball from left to right, it is the same as a left arm leg spin bowler.
Coil (as a bowling action)
The coil, is when a bowler is when a bowler gathers themselves prior to bowling, it is like they coil up and uncoil on release to build up power.
Cover Drive
A cover drive is when you hit the ball off the front foot or the back foot and the ball goes towards the cover position which is between the mid off and point positions on the off side of the field.
Dibbly Dobbler
This term is often used for a bowler who bowls very slow with not much spin or pace on the ball.
The word "Dorothy" came about from the first class cricket scene , or at least it was the first time I had come across it, it is a slang term for "a Six". So if you get hit for a six or you have hit the ball for a six someone may say to you, "geez that was a big dorothy you hit today". Justin Langer says that it may have come out of "dorothy dix- six"?
Dot Ball
A dot ball means when a bowls the ball and the batsman does not score from it , it is marked down in the score book as a dot ball, so no runs have been scored from that delivery.
The word drifter in cricket means a ball that is bowled and the ball through spin or swing moves either left to right or right ot left, so the ball moves or drifts either way.
Term given to any shot that played forward of the wicket with some degree of force. More often that not, played off the front foot, and is usually a shot used to score runs.
If you are batting and get out and your score is zero (0)then you are out for a duck, bad luck!
A flipper is a ball bowled by a legspin bowler like Shane Warne. It is released from the front of the hand between the thumb and middle finger. It tends to come out of the hand a lot faster than the standard legspinner, and when delivered well, the ball skids and stays lower than usual. Warney uses the delivery, looking for lbw and bowled dismissals. It is a difficult delivery to master but with a lot of hard work it can be very destructive as many of Shanes victims can testify.
Follow On
The word Follow on means, when a batting team is chasing a big score like 450 runs and they are bowled out for 249 runs , in test cricket they have not scored enough runs to make the other team have to bat again so we call it the "follow on" and they are sent into bat again because there is another 200 runs left to play with and they can be bowled out in less than 200 runs and an outright victory can be secured by the first team who scored 450 runs, it it called an outright victory , winning by an innings.
Front Foot
The front foot can either be The front foot of a batsmans stride to the ball or the front foot of a bowlers delivery stride when bowling the ball.
Full Toss
A full pitched delivery that reaches the batter on the full - that is, does not bounce before it reaches the batter.
Good Length
A good length is a length that the batter can drive easily from, that is a half-volley. The ideal length to bowl, is just short of a good length, so that the batter cannot comfortably get forward and drive.
A googly is another name for a wrong-un bowled by a leg spinner. This delivery looks like a leg spin delivery but in fact turns the other way. It is usually concelled in the delivery action. Also known as a "Bosey".
Hat trick
This is the term given to the event of a bowler taking three consecutive wickets, on three consecutive deliveries. The deliveries need not necesarily be in the same over, or in the same innings for that matter!
Hitting on the Up
This term refers to hitting the ball when the bat is on the upswing in the follow through of the shot. It is heard often, but rarely explained.
The Hook Shot is played to a short ball bouncing above the chest or shoulder height. The Pull Shot is played to a short ball bouncing between the waist and chest. The Hook Shot is generally played in the air. It is a risky shot to play but you can be rewarded with easy runs if you can master it.
Index Finger
Index finger is the first finger next to the thumb on a hand.
Term used to describe the movement of the ball through the air angling toward the batter. That is, the movement will carry the ball from the off side, to the leg side.
Method of dismissing the batter. If the ball strikes the batter on any part of their person, the umpire can give the batter out LBW, provided that in the umpires opinion:the ball struck the batter in line with the stumps, the ball did not pitch outside leg stump, the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. The batter can be given out LBW if the ball strikes them outside the line of the stumps provided that: no shot was played at the ball, the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps, the ball did not pitch outside leg stump.
Leg Before Wicket
The word L.B.W is the term used by the laws of cricket to describe the dismissal of a batsman who gets their cricket pads in front of the wickets and is then hit on those pads. The ball is going to hit the wickets and in the laws of cricket the dismissal is called Leg Before Wicket, ie: l.b.w.
Leg Bye
A leg bye is when the batter does play a stroke and the ball hits the pad and shoots off and the batter decides to take a run. The umpire signals with one arm in the air and the other touching their raised leg to signal leg bye.
Leg Side
The leg side is the side of the field that is the batters leg side. That is, the leg side changes for right and left handed batters.For a right handed batter, the leg side will be the right hand side of the field as the bowler looks at the batter. For a left handed batter, the leg side will be the left hand side of the field as the bowler looks at the batter.
Leg Spin
Leg spin means the bowler makes the ball move from right to left of the wicket.
The word legcutter means when a fast / medium pace bowler bowls a ball and rolls their fingers down the left hand side of the ball, the ball will spin / rotate when it hits the ground from right left, we call this delivery "the legcutter" because it cuts off the wicket from the leg side to the offside.
Where a ball pitches on the wicket can be described as being a short pitched delivery or a full delivery.Where it lands is often said " to have pitched on a good length" or a short length or even just short of a good length. All of these terms relate to where the bowler is making the ball pitch in regard to where the batsman is standing, so if it just short of a good length, it is not pitched at a length where the batsman cannot take advantage of the ball and play a drive. So length means where the ball is pitched between the bowler and the batsman, if it a good length , it is a good delivery by the bowler, if it is a full length it can be driven and scored from, if it is a short length it may be a bouncer or a ball that can be pulled or cut by the batsman.
Maiden Over
An over in which the bowler does not give away any runs to the batting side. This includes byes, no balls, wides, and boundaries.
Night Watchman
The "Night Watchman" is the batsman selected to go to the crease after a dismissal near the end of the days play. This is done so a top order batsman is not sacrficed or put under pressure. Generally a lower order batsman is selected as the "Night Watchman".
No ball
When an illegal ball is bowled, either by way of the bowlers arm action, or where their feet land in the crease, the Umpire will signal and call "No Ball". This will mean that the bowler must bowl another ball in their over, and also that the batting side gets an additional run added onto their score. A no ball in One Day Cricket will also be called if the ball passes the batter above shoulder height.
Off Drive
A "driving" shot played to a ball that is pitched on or outside off stump. The driving shots are all similar in terms of the way they are played, but what separates them is that the ball should be hit in the same direction as the line of the ball. For example, a ball pitching on or outside off stump should be hit to the off side, therefore giving this shot the name, "the Off Drive".
Off Spin
It is a subject - description that describes a type of spin bowler who spins the ball from the off stump towards the leg stump, an off spin bowler is a bowler who spins the ball with their fingers to impart the spin and not their wrist, where as a leg spin bowler spins the ball from the leg stump towards the off stump and spins the ball using their wrist to impart the spin.
On Drive
A "driving" shot played to a ball that is pitched on or outside leg stump. The driving shots are all similar in terms of the way they are played, but what separates them is that the ball should be hit in the same direction as the line of the ball. For example, a ball pitching on or outside leg stump should be hit to the on side, therefore giving this shot the name, "the On Drive".
One short
When a batsman are running a 2 or a 3 and they miss grounding their bat behind the popping crease at each end of the wicket, that means they have not successfully completed running the 22 yards of a cricket pitch and it is called one short by the umpire and it does not go onto a batsmans score.
Term used to describe the movement of the ball through the air. With this type of movement, the ball moves away from the batter as it travels down the wicket. That is, the ball will swing away from leg side to the off side.
Pace Bowling
The term pace bowling means that a bowler is bowling at pace which means "fast", so if the bowler bowls good pace this will mean they are bowling fast.
This term means when the ball is coming off the bat very nicely with a lot of power, we say the ball is pinging off the bat.
The word pitch means the cut or marked out surface in which a game of cricket is played upon, it can also mean where the cricket ball lands on the pitch.
The word player describes a person be it male or female who is a member of a
sporting team and goes out to compete in that sport, as this occurs the person becomes a player because sport is to be played and enjoyed , it is not to be endured.
This terminology means the number of people playing the game of cricket, ie: a team consists of 11 players or a side has 11 players, teams also have a 12th man to replace an injured fielder.
Popping Crease
The popping crease is the front line of the outlined box which is marked out at the end of the pitch. So it is the line that the batsman stands on and the bowler must keep some part of the front foot behind that line when bowling.
The pull is short for a pull shot which is a cross batted stroke played to a short pitched delivery. The batsman plays the pull shot through the leg side preferably between mid-on and square-leg. It is an exhillarating shot and definately one of my favourite shots to play. (Justin Langer)
Pull Shot
Pull Shot means to play a shot that goes onto the leg side and to play it you pull your hands arms and bat across your body to hit the ball.
The use of the word "rabbit" in cricket can mean that if a bowler constantly gets you out then you may be known as his or hers rabbit, or a tailend batsman is sometimes called a rabbit for he lacks ability with the bat.
Reverse Swing
The phenomenon whereby the ball starts to swing in the opposite way to traditional swinging methods. Traditionall the ball will swing to whichever way the rough side is pointing. After many overs though, both sides of the ball get "roughed" up. Once this happens, one side of the ball is soaked in sweat and polished up. This "shiny" side behaves the same way as the rough side with a new ball, and hence the term given, "reverse swing", because the ball swings in reverse to the traditional manner.
The word season is used to describe the time of year that cricket is played. In Australia cricket is generally played from the end of September to the end of March. This is our summer.
Slight touch of ball with bat...
This terminology normally means that the ball has hit the inside edge of the bat and it has been such a small touch of the ball onto the bat that it is refferred to as being a slight touch only.
Soft hands
The action of "giving" with the ball as you catch it. It means allowing room for your hands to move with the momentum of the ball, rather than just having the ball hit a hard resistant surface, and then bounce out. By having soft hands, you provide a cushioning effect to accept the ball.
Spin, is when the ball is flicked with a side ways movement by the bowlers fingers to make the ball move off the pitch from left to right or vice versa.
The splice of the bat is the term used for the gap that is cut into the top of the bat for the handle to slip down and be glued into.
Square Cut
The square cut is a cut shot generally played in front of point. The cutshot is played off the backfoot when the ball is pitched outside the offstump. Like the pull shot the square cut is played fiercely and is best executed when the batsman has got themselves into good position by looking to get his eyes behind the ball first.
Sticky Wicket
When a wicket is wet or damp it is generally described as a "Sticky Wicket". Wickets like this can be very difficult to bat on because the ball can leap off a good length or run along the ground at will.
Stone walling
Stone walling is described by a commentator to say that a batsman is being negative and trying to defend and survive instaed of being positive and scoring runs.
Strike Rate
The strike rate of a batter is calculated with two pieces of information. The first piece of information required is the number of balls faced in their innings. The second piece of information required is the number of runs scored. The number of runs scored is divided by the number of balls faced and then multiplied by 100/1 to give a percentage, or a figure per 100 balls. The strike rate is an indicator of how many runs the batter scores for every 100 balls they face.
The word "swing" means when the ball moves in the air whilst it is in flight towards the batsman, if it moves from left to right or right to left whilst in the air then we call that swing, for the ball is making a movement. When a ball moves in flight it is called "swing".
Top Spinner
An off spinner or leg spinner spins the ball either left to right or vice versa, the top spinner is when the ball is overspinning forward and spins straight on , also gaining bounce.
The word tweaker is used to describe a spin bowler, it is an old terminology to say that the bowler gives the ball a good tweak.
V - and "...bowlilng in the V"
The V is the 2 lines drawn from the batsman to the mid off and mid on positions and if you play the ball inside this imaginary V shape early on in your innings you will have less chance oif being bowled.
The word wicket means two things, it can either be the three stumps standing upright at each end of the cricket pitch these are referred to as the wickets or a wicket in which the batsman tries to protect from being hit by the ball. It can also be a reference by a television commentator who will look at the cricket pitch an call it the "wicket", it is a term used by many cricketers around the world.
A wide is determind by the umpire when the ball is pitched wide of the Off-Stump or Leg-Stump so the batsman can not reach it in his normal batting stance. The wide rule is a little harsher in one-day cricket.
The word Yorker is a bowling term used for a ball of full pitch. The ball is delivered generally by a seam bowler after a succession of short pitched balls forcing the batsman on to the back foot. The Yorker should be bowled
at the stumps pitching on the crease line or at the base of the stumps. He misses you hit.!!

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