May 29 2015
gardening – This is where the batter uses his bat to clear the pitch of debris or to repair small indentations in the pitch.
gate – The gap between bat and pad which often drives coaches to distraction. Batsmen who present this gap are often bowled “through the gate.”
golden duck – When a batter is out first ball for 0.
good length – The pitching length of the ball which results in the batter being unsure whether to play forward or back to the delivery. This is the desired target zone for all bowlers and must be practised relentlessly in the nets.
googly – A variation ball by a right-arm leg-spinner which turns in towards a right-hand batter. Also known as a “wrong-un”.
grubber – A ball that hardly bounces after pitching. Also known as a “shooter”.
half century – An innings of between 50 and 99 runs by an individual batter.
half volley – A ball that is a perfect length for driving. It pitches between a good length and a full-toss.
handled the ball – This is where a batter deliberately handles the ball when it is still in play. He can be given out on appeal. This often happens when a batter uses his hand to stop the ball rolling back or falling on to his stumps.
hat-trick – Three wickets taken in consecutive deliveries by a bowler. One of the most sought after achievements by a cricketer.
heavy ball – This is a delivery from a pace bowler which hits the bat harder and higher than expected.
hit the ball twice – This is where a batter deliberately hits the ball twice, then attempts to score runs. He will be given out on appeal. Note that it is allowable for a batter to hit the ball a second time to stop it hitting his stumps, provided he does not then attempt to score any runs.
hole out – A lofted shot which is caught on or near the boundary.
hook – A bold and risky cross-batted stroke played behind square-leg to a head-high delivery. It is risky because it is not possible to keep the ball down and failure to make contact can often lead to a nasty crack on the helmet. Not a stroke often played by young cricketers as such deliveries are usually called as no-balls because of height.
howzat – A contraction of the phrase “How is that?” Used by the fielding team for appeals.
hurry-up – A surprisingly fast ball designed to unsettle a batter who is getting on top of the bowling.