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Definition of the Day: hard hands

The quality of a batsman who lacks the certain delicacy of touch which would allow them to cushion, manoeuvre or persuade a ball, rather than the characteristic lunging at it they often display.

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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: A game of inches

Phrase which describes the fine margins between success and failure in the greatest of all games both literally and figuratively.

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