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Cricket

the Ashes

a competition in the form of a series of cricket matches played between England and Australia

bail

noun

in the game of cricket, one of the two small pieces of wood laid across the top of the stumps to form the wicket

bat

verb

to hit the ball with a bat in a game such as baseball or cricket

bat

verb

in baseball or cricket, the team that is batting is trying to score runs (=points) by hitting the ball

batsman

noun

a player who tries to hit the ball in cricket

batting average

noun

the average number of runs (=points) that a cricket player scores after playing in a number of games

boundary

noun

the outer edge of the playing area in cricket

bowl

verb

to throw the ball towards the batsman in the sport of cricket, trying to hit the wicket

bowl

verb

in cricket, to make the batsman leave the field, by hitting the wicket with the ball

bowl out

to remove all of one team’s players from play in cricket and so end their turn at hitting the ball

bowler

noun

the person throwing the ball towards the batsman in the sport of cricket

bowling

noun

the action of throwing the ball in the sport of cricket

catch

verb

to end a cricketer’s period of play by stopping and keeping hold of a ball they have hit before it touches the ground

century

noun

a score of 100 runs (=points) made in cricket by one player

the crease

noun

the line in front of the wicket where a batsman stands to hit the ball in the game of cricket

cricket

noun

a game played by two teams of 11 players who get points by hitting a ball with a bat and running between two sets of sticks called stumps. Someone who plays this sport is called a cricketer

duck

noun

a zero score by a batsman in a game of cricket

four

noun

the score in a game of cricket when a player hits the ball and it reaches the boundary. If it reaches the boundary without touching the ground, it is a six.

Gabba

an informal name for the Woolloongabba Cricket Ground in Brisbane, Australia

googly

noun

a ball in cricket that is difficult to hit because it has been made to go in a different direction from the one that the batsman is expecting

gully

noun

in cricket, a particular position on the field, or the person who is placed in this position

hit

verb

to achieve a particular score when you hit the ball in a sport such as baseball or cricket

howzat

interjection

a word that cricket players shout to claim that an opponent is out (=should be ordered to leave the field)

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

a player or team that is in during a game of cricket is batting

innings

noun

a period in a cricket match during which one player or one team tries to score runs (=points)

innings

noun

the number of runs (=points) a player or team scores during an innings

lbw

adverb

leg before wicket: if a cricket player is out lbw, they are no longer allowed to continue playing because their leg has prevented the ball from hitting the wicket

Lord’s

an important international cricket ground in London

the MCC

The Marylebone Cricket Club: a major cricket club based at Lord’s cricket ground in London

the MCG

Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia

misfield

verb

to make a mistake when you are catching or throwing the ball in a game such as cricket

out

adverb, preposition

if a player or team is out during a game of cricket or baseball, they are no longer batting

outfield

noun

in baseball and cricket, the parts of the field that are furthest from the player who is batting

the Oval

a place in London where many international cricket matches are played

over

noun

in cricket, a series of six actions of bowling (=throwing the ball) by the same bowler towards the same end of the ground

pad up

to put special thick soft covers on your legs in order to protect them before you start hitting the ball in the game of cricket

pitch

noun

in cricket, the area between the two sets of stumps (=three sticks that the bowler tries to hit)

pitch

verb

if a ball pitches in golf or cricket, it hits the ground

run out

if someone is run out in cricket, they have to stop hitting the ball and leave the field because the other team hits one set of stumps (=sticks) with the ball before they can reach it

run

noun

one point in the game of cricket

single

noun

in cricket, one run (=point)

sledging

noun

in cricket, remarks or behaviour that is intended to make an opponent feel less confident

slip

noun

in the game of cricket, a place near the batsman where players stand when they are trying to catch the ball

spinner

noun

in the game of cricket, a bowler who bowls the ball slowly and makes it spin a lot

stand

noun

the period during which a particular pair of batsmen play together in a cricket match, or the total number of runs that they make together

stump

noun

one of the three sticks behind the batsman in cricket. If the ball hits them, the batsman must stop playing.

stump

verb

to end a cricket player’s turn by hitting the stumps with the ball while the player is running towards them

test

noun

a test match

test match

noun

in cricket and rugby, a game between two teams from different countries

wicket

noun

in the game of cricket, the set of three sticks that the bowler tries to hit with the ball

wicket

noun

the area of ground between the two sets of wickets

wicket

noun

a point that the bowler’s team scores when the batsman has to leave the field

wicket keeper

noun

the player in a cricket team who stands behind the wicket and tries to catch the ball

at stumps

at the end of a day in cricket, when the stumps are removed

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