bits-and-pieces player



  • noun a player who is neither a specialist batsman nor a specialist bowler, and whose ability in each of these departments does not entitle him to be considered a true all-rounder
    Citation ‘The one-day game encourages the all-round bits-and-pieces players – and thus gives the unsung county regulars a rare chance to shine in the public eye’ (Marqusee 1994)
    Citation ‘The key to this … is that these players must be able to hold their own with one discipline, and then contribute in another. Bits and pieces cricketers don’t do the job for you’ (Rahul Dravid, interviewed in Cricinfo Magazine May 2006)
    Compare all-rounder