Cricket Terms: R

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rabbit – A very poor batter, regarded as an easy wicket for the bowling team. Sometimes has taken more wickets in their career than they have scored runs. Is very familiar with scoring ducks. A good example is New Zealand bowler Chris Martin.

radar – A bowler who sprays the ball all over the place is said to have “wonky radar.”

reach – the extent that a batter can move towards the ball to play a shot. Taller players with longer arms and legs will naturally have a greater reach than a shorter player.

recalling the batsman – where the fielding team captain believes a batter has been incorrectly given out and allows him to continue his innings.

retire – To postpone or end your innings. You postpone your innings if you have to retire injured or ill; you can resume your innings on the fall of the next wicket. You end your innings if you retire out.

return – a throw from the outfield back to the stumps at either end of the pitch.

return catch – caught and bowled. The ball is hit back to the bowler in the air who takes the catch.

return crease – Parallel white lines painted pointing down the pitch on either side of the stumps. A bowler must land his back foot inside these lines otherwise a no-ball will be called.

reverse sweep – A stroke which has become popular in recent years. Not recommended for young cricketers as the risk of embarrassment is high if you get it wrong. The stroke is played by going down on the back knee as if to play the sweep shot, but instead the hands are reversed and the ball is hit to the off side rather than the normal leg side.

reverse swing – Can be used by skilful pace bowlers when the ball is at least 40-50 overs old. The ball swings opposite to the expected direction. Not a skill to be mastered by young cricketers.

ring field – Fielders are positioned in a circular fashion around the batter with the object of stopping a quick single.

rip – A big-turning spinning delivery, more commonly bowled by wrist-spinners rather than finger-spinners.

roughrough – the area of the pitch that gets roughed up and loosened as the game progresses. The main culprits here are the bowler in his follow-through and the batter when starting off on a run. This rough is often a tempting target for spin bowlers in the later stages of matches.

round the wicket – where the bowler delivers the ball with the bowling arm further from the wicket than the non-bowling arm.

rubbers – rubber-soled cricket shoes or boots.

runner – A player who is called upon to run for an injured batter. He must wear exactly the same protective gear as the injured batter and must stand where directed by the umpires.

run-chase – This is the stage late in the game when the match situation has been reduced to a certain number of runs required in a certain number of overs.

run-rate – This is the average number of runs scored per over.

run the ball – to open the face of the bat and let the ball slide off down towards third man.

run-up – the running path a bowler follows as they approach the wicket prior to bowling the ball.