Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Glossary of Uncommon Cricketing Terms

This glossary provides a handy reference for some of cricket's more obscure terms and phrases:

  • Backseat driver: a non-striker who continually tells the other batsman how to hit the ball straight.
  • Ballpark figure: the attractive scantily clad spectator that the cameras follow all day.
  • Broken record: someone who continually goes on about Tendulkar’s run scoring feats.
  • Double Entendre: when the bowler wants a fielder at mid-wicket and the captain gives him one.
  • Easy come, easy go: The New Zealand top order.
  • Fence Sitter: An undecided streaker.
  • Freudian slip: a fielder who spends the game closely watching the balls. I meant ‘ball’. Obviously, I meant ‘ball’.
  • Go Dutch: the arrangement whereby The Netherlands and Australia share Dirk Nannes equally.
  • Heavenly bodies: see ‘Ballpark figure’.
  • Jack-of-all-trades: a common, but indefensible, misspelling of ‘Jacques-of-all-trades’ which is used to describe someone who is a fantastic all-rounder.
  • Lame duck: See ‘Easy come, easy go’.
  • Lesser of two evils: The dilemma faced by neutrals when deciding who to support during the Ashes.
  • Off the hook: A batsman who has got away with not having to face any short deliveries.
  • Out of hand: description of Pakistan’s fielding.
  • Saved by the Bell: something that most people thought England would never be able to say.
  • Slip of the tongue: fielder who accidently reveals bowling plans whilst sledging.
  • Sod’s Law: if a match can be ruined by Duckworth-Lewis, it will.
  • Test drive: the textbook practice shot played when trying out a new bat in the shop.
  • Thick and fast: Mohammad Asif.
  • Weak at the knees: Reaction from watching a perfect cover-drive played by Michael Vaughan, Martin Crowe or Andrew Flintoff.


  1. Apparently Murphy's Law has something to do with funny qualification rules and playing for Ireland...