Common Cricket Terms

Cricket is an old game that was originally developed in Great Britain, and due to its age it’s earned a large number of terms that have become extremely commonly used in today’s games.

These terms can be especially confusing to those that have never played the game before, and becomes much more of a problem for those that want to start betting on the game but don’t know the more common types of terms that are used during any given match.

To start seeing better success with future cricket bets, it’s a good idea to learn some of these terms and what they mean so that you can make more informed decisions when putting money down with a bookmaker. These are the most common cricket terms explained.

1. Appeal

This is the term used when a batsmen needs to be given out, and the bowling side will need to shout to the umpire, “How’s that?”.

It’s a common enough phrase that it’s become a popular form of greeting in the country of South Africa, and you will hear it extremely often when watching the odd game when you’re not enjoying a round of online blackjack.

2. All-Rounder

An all-rounder refers to any player that is good at both bowling at batting, but can also apply to a wicketkeeper that is known for batting well.

It’s a general term that can be seen used fairly commonly in the world of cricket betting when describing certain players.

3. Bails

The small pieces of timber that sit on top of the stumps. When the bails are knock off or dislodged, the batsman’s time on the pitch comes to an end, and they are then replaced by a different batsman before the game can continue.

4. Bouncer

A bouncer is a ball that is bowled at a fast pace but also pitched short, which is done with the intention of reaching the batman at around chest height.

This is done to force him to take evasive action or to play a difficult stroke – the point is to try and overwhelm the batsman with the ball in order for them to make more mistakes, making it easier to knock down the bails.

5. Boundary

The boundary is the limit of the playing area, which is often marked by painted lines or a rope. It can also refer to a stroke made by a batsman that hits the boundary, which usually equates to around four runs.

6. Duck

A score of zero for a batsman. Another terms, called the Golden Duck, refers to when a batsman has been taken out of the game through the first ball.

7. Over

An over is the correct number of consecutive balls that need to be bowled by the bowler, which always consists of a total of six balls.

8. Run Out

A way of getting the batsman out of the ground by knocking the stumps with a bowled ball, before he has made his ground within the batting crease.