Your Guide to Cricket Slang Terms
Cricket slang is it's own unique language but you don't need to be a linguistics expert to understand the key phrases. Our guide will help you understand your mates at the Ashes or the local nets.
Axe – another name for a bat, can also be called a stick or willow. Some of the oldest bats in the sport can be dated back to 1729.
Badged – This is when a player is hit in the helmet by a Bouncer, typically on the badge or front of the helmet. Brett Lee certainly sent a number of badgers in his time, check out this one below:
Beamer – A full toss down the pitch that reaches the batsmen at head height.
Usually bowled by accident they are sometimes used as scare tactics.
Blockhole – This is the area between where the batsmen takes guard and their toes, the prime target area for a Yorker.
Bodyline – this dirty tactic involves bowling directly at the batsman’s body with a heavy contingent of leg side fielders. The ploy forces the batsman into being caught out or hurting themselves.
Bouncer or Bumper – This short-pitched ball is delivered at pace, usually aiming to reach the batsman at chest or above head height.
Bunny - A batsman that is frequently dismissed by the same bowler, becoming their ‘Bunny’ or ‘Rabbit’.
Castle - "Knock his caaaastle over mate" - local wicketkeeper. Castle is another word for stumps.
Carry the Bat – This term means to open and bat through an entire innings without being dismissed, this is a very rare feat.
Cherry – These are the red marks left on a bat from a red cricket ball. They say the riper the cherries, the more respect you’ll receive in the pavilion…
Chin Music – These are a series of Bouncers (or Bumpers) bowled to intimidate the batsman. Mitchell Johnson threw down plenty facing the English here:
Cow Corner – this is a section of grass between deep mid-wicket and wide long-on where fielders are rarely placed because the ball never makes it there. Meaning cows could happily graze in the area without disturbance.
Daisy Cutter – This ball rolls or bounces more than twice down the pitch.
Diamond Duck – Quite possibly the most embarrassing forms of dismissal, this is when a batsman is dismissed without facing a single ball (most likely run out). The blame is usually shifted to the other batsman after deciding on a dodgy single.
Dolly – Easily the most simple of catches. Watch Mike Gatting embarrass himself with this one:
Downtown – To take a bowler downtown is to smash their delivery straight back over their head for six.
Flipper – Developed by Clarrie Grimmett and mastered by Shane Warne, the Flipper is a leg spin delivery with under-spin which causes the ball to bounce lower than expected. This delivery usually finds the stumps or results in an LBW.
Gun – A highly skilled batsman.
Hack – The opposite of a gun, usually relies of sheer luck to put runs on the board.
Jack – The number 11 batsman, never makes a huge difference but once in a while they’ll pull off something spectacular.
Mollydooker - Left handed person, e.g. bowler, batsman, fielder.
Plumb – An LBW appeal which appears to most, to be clearly out.
Rabbit – A low order or incompetent batsman, can also be known as a Ferret. Sri Lankan Roshan Jurangpathy finished his two test career with an average of 0.25.
Rock, pill, cherry - the ball.
Sniff – A delivery than bounces so close to the nose of the batsman that they can smell the ball:
Skipper – The teams captain. Steve Waugh will go down as Australia’s most successful Test Captain. His 57 captained matches returned 41 wins, nine losses and seven draws, giving him a win ratio of 71.92%.
Slog – A hard, sometimes reckless shot aiming to find the boundary in the air. Common in T20 Cricket, David Warner perfected it:
Tonk - To "go the tonk" is similar to "slogging", batting aggressively in the hope of hitting fours and sixes.
Yorker – A fast paced ball pitched close to the Blockhole, used to change up the deliveries, find the stumps or force an LBW.
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