• adjective directed towards the back


  • adjective indicating the area somewhat behind the line of the batsman’s wicket. The term may be used on its own (‘standing a little backward of square’) or in combination to indicate a modified fielding position that would normally be squarer on to the wicket, such as point or short leg.
    Citation ‘The day started with a cool breeze blowing from backward square-leg’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘Yuvraj cover drives to the fence. Kaif pulls backward of square for four’ (Bhattacharya 2006)
    Compare forward See fielding positions


  • used to describe a wine that tastes less developed than its age and retains youthful characteristics despite considerable ageing