• noun the movement by which the bat is brought backwards and upwards before being swung forward again as the batsman plays a stroke, especially an attacking stroke off the front foot
    Citation ‘Lindwall … bowled the outswinger, the ball that gets the good players out; his yorker, which he reserved for batsmen with a high backlift, completed his range of deliveries’ (Sir Len Hutton, Observer 8 July 1984)
    Citation ‘Even Lara has made some concessions to age by reducing and straightening his back-lift and by taking a longer look at the bowling’ (Peter Roebuck, Cricinfo Magazine May 2006)