Cricket BallCricket can be confusing if you aren’t used to the various terms that are used in the sport. To help you quickly get to grips with cricket jargon, here is a concise glossary of the terms most commonly used.


All-rounder – A player who is equally at home as a batsman or as a bowler.

Batsman – The player hitting the ball with the cricket bat in an effort to try and score runs.

Bowler – The player delivering the ball to the batsman of the opposing twenty 20 cricket team.

Boundary – The line that marks the perimeter of the playing area.

Century – A batsman’s score of 100.

Duck – The term given to a batsman’s end score of zero. If a batsman is dismissed without scoring any runs he can be described as being “out for a duck”.

Half Century – A batsman’s score of 50.

Innings – The period of the game in which a team or individual is batting. When the innings of one team ends it switches to the opposing team.

LBW – This stands for Leg Before Wicket, and refers to the cricket ball hitting the batsman – most often on the legs – instead of the wicket. If the umpire decides that the batsman was genuinely in the way of the wicket, he will be dismissed.

Leg Before Wicket – See LBW.

Maiden Over – A term used to describe an over where no runs are scored.

Out – The term used to describe the batsman being dismissed. For example, “bowled out” and “caught out” describe two different forms of dismissal.

Over – A series of six balls bowled in succession, usually by an individual bowler.

Pitch – The length of playing area along which the ball is bowled.

Run – If a batsman runs from one wicket to the other without getting out he is said to have scored a run.

Six – If a batsman hits the ball outside of the boundary without the ball touching the playing area, he is automatically awarded a score of six runs.

Umpire – An individual who acts as a referee.

Wicket – The three wooden stumps positioned at both ends of the pitch.

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