Getting your wickets mixed up with your overs?! Look no further, our cricket glossary will get you hot on everything, including the LBW rule!


Arm ball: Refers to a straight lined bowl.

Ashes: The Ashes are a series of matches between England and Australia.

Ball: It weighs 5½ ounces and is red.

Ball tampering: This is the illegal action of changing the condition of the ball by, scuffing the surface, lifting the seam of the ball, or applying substances to tamper with its performance.

Bat-pad: This is a fielding position close to the batsman designed to put pressure on him and to catch balls which pop up off the bat.

Batter: Another term for batsman.

Beamer: A ball that does not bounce (usually accidently) and passes the batsman at or about head height, can be very dangerous.

Bouncer: A short-pitched ball which reaches the batsman at chest or head height.

Boundary: The perimeter of a cricket field, or can also refer to when the batsman hit’s a four or a six.

Box: An abdominal protector worn by batsmen and wicketkeepers.

Bump Ball: A ball which is played off the bat into the ground and is caught by a fielder.

Bunny: This is the member of the side who is the weakest batsman and is selected as a specialist bowler or wicketkeeper, usually bats at No. 11 in the batting order.

Bye: A run scored when the batsman does not touch the ball with either his bat or body.

Chinaman: Is a ball that is bowled by a left-arm slow bowler that turns into the right-hand batsman.

Cross bat: A cross-batted shot is where the batsman holds his bat horizontally when they strike the ball.

Dead ball: Refers to a ball from which no runs can be scored or wickets taken.

Declaration: This occurs when the batting side terminates their innings before all of their players are out.

Dolly: Is an easy catch.

Duck: Is a term used when the batsman is out for a score of 0.

Extras: Refers to the runs not scored by batsmen. There are extras – byes, leg byes, wides and no-balls.

Four: A shot that travels along the field and reaches the rope boundary. Four runs are then awarded.

Googly: The legspinner’s variation that turns into the right-hander and turns away from the left-hander.

Grubber: Is a ball that hardly bounces

Handled the ball: This occurs if the batsmen deliberately touches the ball with his hands he can be given out by the umpire.

Hawk-Eye: Is a new tracking computer technology which helps to explain the sport. Hawk-Eye can be helpful in judging decisions such as LBW.

ICC: International Cricket Council

Jaffa: A delivery that is too good for the batsman, usually gets him out.

King pair: Occurs when the batsman is out first ball for zero in both innings!

Leg-Before Wicket (LBW): One of the game’s more complex rules. The batsman cannot be out if the ball is pitched outside the line of leg stump.

The batsman cannot be out if the ball hits them outside the line of off stump unless they are offering no stroke.

Apart from that, if it hits the batsman in line, the only decision the umpire has to make is whether the ball is going on to hit the stumps. I.e if the batsman’s leg is covering the line of the wicket.

Leg-bye: Occurs when the ball deflects off the pad and the batsmen run.

Leg-cutter: This is a ball which cuts and moves away from the batsman towards the offside.

Leg-side: The area of the pitch behind the batsman’s legs.

Line: This is the line of attack the bowler employs when he is bowling towards the batsman.

Lollipop: A really easy ball fot the batsman to hit.

Maiden: Refers to an over where no runs that are attributable to the bowler, are scored.

Middle: To hit the ball from the bulk of the bat, “to middle it” is to connect really well with the bowl.

New ball: Can usually be taken every 80 overs.

No-ball: A forbidden delivery, usually when the bowler has overstepped on the front crease

Occupy the crease: This term is used when a batsman stays at the wicket but scores very slowly.

Off-side: The side of the pitch which is to batsman’s right

On-side: The same as the leg-side

Out: Means the batsman is no longer in the game. There various ways of being out: bowled, caught, hit wicket, lbw, stumped, timed out, handled the ball and to be and run out.

Paddle: A sweeping shot.

Return Crease: Parallel white lines either side of the stumps. A bowler’s back foot must land inside this area or else a no-ball will be called by the umpire.

Retire: To postpone or end one’s innings.

Ring Field: Refers to a standard fielding formation.

Rope: Is used to mark the perimeter of the field. If the ball crosses or even hits the rope, a boundary will be signalled by the umpire.

Seam: The ridge of stitching that holds the two halves of a ball together.

Sitter: An easy catch for the fielder.

Six: Refers to a shot that reaches up and above the rope boundary, through the air. Six run’s are awarded.

Tailender: These are the players who come in to bat towards the end of an innings, generally Nos. 8, 9, 10 and 11, usually good bowlers.

Wicket: Is a term central to the game of cricket. The word can refer to the 22 yards between the stumps, the 3 stumps collectively, hitting the stumps and so dismissing the batsman.

Wide: This is a delivery that pitches too wide away from the batsman, and is unable to score off. The umpire will indicate this by placing his arms out horizontally.

Yorker: A full-pitched delivery that is aimed at the base of the stumps.


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