Jun 22 2015
paddle – A sweep shot.
pad up – refers to a batter putting on his pads in preparation for his innings. Can also refer to a batter using his pads instead of his bat to defend against spin bowling.
pair – When a batter makes 0 in both innings.
pair of spectacles – an unfortunate situation for a batter who scores two ducks in the same match.
partnership – The total of runs scored by a pair of batters batting together.
pick – When a batter successfully predicts a variation in a bowler’s delivery.
pickets – a term to refer to the picket fence that is used as a boundary at some grounds.
pie-chucker – A derogatory term for a bowler who is regarded as pretty hopeless.
pinch-hitters – This is a lower-order batter with a reputation for big hitting who is promoted up the order in the hope of getting some quick runs.
pitch – The bounce of the ball. Also used to denote the cut strip which the match is played on.
pitched – where the ball lands on the pitch after being released by the bowler.
play and miss – when the batter makes a genuine attempt to hit the ball but misses.
play at – when the batter plays at the ball whether contact is made or not.
playing forward – a shot played to a full-pitched ball where the batter steps forward towards the ball with the weight mainly on the front foot.
play on – When the batter hits the ball but it deflects on to the stumps and the batter is out. This dismissal is recorded as bowled.
plumb – When the batter is, obvious to all, out LBW. In other words, the batter may as well walk off before the umpire raises his finger.
popping crease – the line in front of the wicket which the batter must ground his/her bat behind in order not to be stumped or run out. Also used to determine whether a bowler has delivered a no-ball.
pressure – To make life uncomfortable for the opposition.
pudding – A slow, stodgy pitch difficult to score freely on.
pull – A confident cross-batted hit to leg against a short ball. Less high risk than the hook as a skilled batter will be able to keep the ball down.
pull out – where a batting team captain declares an innings closed. Can also refer to the situation where a batter makes a late decision not to play a shot.
purple patch – A batter who can’t stop scoring runs.
put in – where the captain who wins the toss puts the opposition in to bat first.
put the shutters up – where the batting team decides it cannot win a match and bats cautiously for a draw.
quick – a term for a pace bowler or the fast pace that a bowler is delivering the ball at.
quickie – a pace bowler.
quick runs – a team scoring quickly or two batters running at speed between the wickets.