Guide to Cricketing Slang
Do people who follow and play cricket speak another language? Yes, yes they do.
Sometimes talking to a cricket fan can be a daunting task. With a plethora of words that your average joe doesn’t understand, cricketer’s tend to be amongst the most confusing individuals in the world (proven). So here’s a list of some of the ‘slang’ used by people who follow the great game:
Names for bats:
Names for Deliveries:
- Seed: a quality delivery
- Jaffa: a delivery that is near impossible to play
- Peach: same as Seed
- Yorker: a ball that is aimed directly at the base of the stumps or the batsmen’s toes; Mitchell Starc is a current Australian Bowler who can deliver a deadly Yorker
Places on the Field:
- The Blockhole: right on the crease, the area between the batsmen’s toes
- Cow Corner: the area deep in the field between mid-wicket and mid-on; David Warner loves to hit the ball here.
- Downtown: a place and an action; to take hit the bowler directly over his head for a six
General Cricket Slang:
- Snick: the ball hits the edge of the bat with potential to be caught by the wicket-keeper and slips
- Nick: same as a Snick
- Beamer: a ball that doesn’t hit the pitch and flies towards the batsmen’s head
- Bouncer: a short ball aimed at going above the batsmen’s chest up to head height; Mitchell Johnson bowls a lot of these…and fast. Check out the video below to see some of his best.
- Bumper: same as a Bouncer
- Bunny: a batsman who is frequently dismissed by the same bowler can be called their ‘Bunny’; Mike Atherton was very much Glenn McGrath’s Bunny.
- Carry the Bat: to bat from the start of the innings all the way through to the end without being dismissed
- Slogger: someone who bats recklessly in an attempt to find the boundary; *Cough* Warner *Cough*
- Skipper: the teams captain
- Cherry: red marks left on the bat from a red ball hitting it
- Chin Music: a series of shorter pitched bowling, bowled in an attempt to intimidate or hurt the batsmen
- Dolly: a simple catch
- Sitter: same as Dolly
- Gun: a high quality batsmen; e.g. Steve Smith
- Plumb: an LBW appeal that is clearly out. Check out the video below to see the great Shane Warne getting Ian Bell out LBW. It doesn’t get much more plumb than this.
- A Maximum: a term for a six, being the maximum runs a batsmen can achieve in one shot
- Bodyline: a tactic of bowling at the batsmen’s body in an attempt to hurt or force the batsmen into a leg-side shot, with a heavy leg-side field. First implemented during the controversial Ashes Tour of 1932-33. Watch the video below to see the greatest to ever grace the game, Sir Donald Bradman speaking about the Bodyline series.
Hopefully, you can hold a decent conversation with a Cricketing fan this summer after reading this article!