Collins A to Z of cricketing words and phrases

With the Cricket World Cup in full swing, you might feel stumped by all the talk of googlies, wides and wicket maidens.

To help you out, we’ve put together an A to Z of key cricketing terms so you don’t get caught in the slips, run yourself out, or – heaven forbid – hit your own wicket… still confused? Then read on, and click each word for a definition supplied by the Collins Dictionary.

A is for…

Appeal (see meaning 5)

The Ashes

B is for…

Batsman

Beamer

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C is for… Corridor of uncertainty

C is for…

Clean bowled

Corridor of uncertainty

Cut (meaning 12)

D is for…

Don the baggy green

Doosra

Duck

E is for…

Edge

F is for…

Full-pitch

Full-toss

G is for…

Googly

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H is for… Hawk-Eye

H is for…

Hawk-Eye

“How’s that” or “Howzat”

I is for…

Infield

J is for…

Jockstrap

K is for…

Knock (meaning 17)

L is for…

LBW

Leg-bye

M is for…

Maiden over

Mid-wicket

N is for…

Nurdle

O is for…

ODI

Opening batsman

Outswing

Overpitched

P is for…

Pitch (meaning 10)

Popping crease

R is for…

Ripper

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S is for… Seamer

S is for…

Seamer

Six (meaning 5)

Slip

Sticky wicket

T is for…

Tailender

Third Man

U is for…

Unplayable

V is for…

Vee (meaning 2)

W is for…

Wicket

Wicket maiden

Wide (meaning 5)

X is for…

Xavier Tras or X.Tras

Y is for…

Yorker

Z is for…

Zzz – the sound often heard from the stands after too many gin and tonics at lunch

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