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    Cricket jargon pet hates

    Cricket has a rich and distinctive language. But some cricket terms don't do the job. I dislike reverse swing (it's not the reverse of anything, certainly not of new ball swing), pinch-hitter (inaccurate use of an import from baseball), nicked off (ugly, ugly, ugly).

    Which terms would you like to see the back of? What would you replace them with?
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    Leg-bye is wrong. As it doesn't have to hit the leg.

    I don't mind nicked off because I would say it is just a shorter version of nicked off the edge.

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    I'm with you on pinch-hitting and nicked-off, but I can't agree with your definition of reverse swing.

    Normal swing is when the polished, shiny side of the ball travels faster through the air making the ball swing in the air towards that shiny side. Reverse swing describes the opposite of this effect when the ball swings towards the rough side of the ball - the reverse of what you would expect.

    What else would you call it? Rough swing?

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    Calling fielders "fieldsmen" while calling batsmen "batters" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "Sixer" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "old fashioned back cut" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "boundary four" (c) David Lloyd

    there are many more, but that will do for now


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnie Prince C View Post
    Leg-bye is wrong. As it doesn't have to hit the leg.
    That's strictly true but it does have to have hit the batsman somewhere other than his bat or glove, or it is a wide or simply a bye or if no stroke was attempted it can be a dead ball.

    Again, what else would you call it? It is nearly always scored from the ball being leg side and coming off the pad.

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    Batsmen being called batters

    Mickey Arthur and Michael Clarke leading the charge in this area
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    When the bowler throws the ball calling it a doosra.

    After a batsman has not been given out looking at fifteen replays to finally decide that there was the faintest of edges and then calling it a howler.
    If you nick it walk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpcam View Post
    That's strictly true but it does have to have hit the batsman somewhere other than his bat or glove, or it is a wide or simply a bye or if no stroke was attempted it can be a dead ball.

    Again, what else would you call it? It is nearly always scored from the ball being leg side and coming off the pad.
    Do they really need to distinguish between byes and leg byes, I know byes are supposedly a black mark for a keeper but a keeper can leak runs in other ways that are not recorded anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpcam View Post
    That's strictly true but it does have to have hit the batsman somewhere other than his bat or glove, or it is a wide or simply a bye or if no stroke was attempted it can be a dead ball.

    Again, what else would you call it? It is nearly always scored from the ball being leg side and coming off the pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnie Prince C View Post
    Leg-bye is wrong. As it doesn't have to hit the leg.

    I don't mind nicked off because I would say it is just a shorter version of nicked off the edge.
    The same would apply to lbw?


    It's probably not entirely specific to Cricket, but a few commentators refer to individual players as if there's more than one... "the pietersens, the trotts, the ricky pontings etc". Does my head in.

    "Soft hands" annoys me a bit. Half the time i'm sure it's just an edge
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Calling fielders "fieldsmen" while calling batsmen "batters" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "Sixer" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "old fashioned back cut" (c) Mark Nicholas

    "boundary four" (c) David Lloyd

    there are many more, but that will do for now
    "pull-stroke" and "cut-stroke" are Mark's too aren't they?

    Add "nurdled" - I think that was Jim Maxwell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazsa19 View Post
    The same would apply to lbw?
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    It Hit Something Other than Bat or Glove, Possibly Helmet or Pad Before Wicket?
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    it's not exactly a term but the annoying thing is watching wicket and runs reversed for eg 10/5 or 5/10..why don't all use one way..may be DRS for BCCI ..DL Method never understood the s.h.i.t
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    AWTA, I always thought you were supposed to mention the wickets taken first, e.g 9/21. It frustrates me when it's the other way around.
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    I like Mark Nicholas, but "sixer" annoys me. He also says "MAXIMUM" for a six. Seems like a contrived way of making 20/20 more "exciting for the people".

    Slater and Nicholas commenting on a 20/20 are the worst, "the buzz here is ELECTRIC", "SIXER...MAXIMUM".

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