Glossary of Cricket Terms
All Rounder: A person who can bat and bowl with equal ease All round Spin: A bowler who can spin the ball both ways with equal ease Bails: The wooden pieces connecting the stumps on the wicket
Batsman: The batter or "striker"
Boundary: The fence; if ball hits boundary 4 runs; over boundary 6 runs
Bowler: The pitcher
Bowling Average: Runs Given / Wickets taken
Century: 100 runs in an inning
Close-Catching Positions: Fielders inside 15 yards
Crease: Lines drawn at ends of the pitch determining safe and unsafe areas for the batsmen
Dead Ball: A ball that has no value to the game e.g. it bounced twice.
Duck: Zero runs
Hit Wicket: Getting an out by hitting the wicket
Infield: Inside 30 yards
Innings: Time period when a team bats
LBW: Leg Before Wicket – if it’s determined that ball hits your leg and
would have hit the wicket, you’re out!
Maiden Over: An over without a run scored
Medium Fast: A ball thrown 70-80 mph
Medium Pace: A ball between 60-70 mph
Medium Slow: A ball between 50-60 mph
No Ball: An illegal ball bowled.
Orange: A very fast ball over 100 mph
Over: 6 balls bowled
Partnership: Runs scored between two batsmen till they get out
Pinch Hitters: A batsman sent up the order to increase the run rate
Pitch: The playing region; Region where the ball lands.
Placement: Region where the batsman hits the ball
Runner: A batsman sent to run between the wickets for an injured batsman
Slow: A ball bowled below 50 mph
Stumps: The sticks that the batsmen defend
Tests: Matches played over 5 days
Tie: Matches which both teams land up with identical scores.
Toss: A pre match routine to decide who bats first
Wicket: The stumps the batsman must protect