Monthly Archives: August 2016

Definition of the day: soft signal

Preliminary indication of a Test umpire’s intuitive decision before he refers it upstairs to the video umpire for confirmation. This can lead to some curious anomalies, for example, no conclusive evidence of a catch being taken may exist on video … Continue reading

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Definition of the day: skin in the game

Having a direct interest in the result of a cricket match, usually as part of one of the teams involved. This phrase is used to describe backseat captaincy from beyond the boundary which always advocates more swashbuckling and radical decisions … Continue reading

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Definition of the Day: Upper lower order

Optimistic, self-bestowed title of a natural number 11 promoted to the giddy heights of number nine in the batting order. Usage: “At last, residing in my natural batting position. Oh yes, I’m part of the upper lower order now.”  

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Definition of the Day: Scissored-off

  An ignominious dismissal, whereby bat goes one way, body the other in an ungainly mass of flailing limbs and scything woodwork – presaging imminent departure to the pavillion.

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