Chinese cut



  • noun a batting stroke made unintentionally when the batsman, attempting to play an attacking shot, fails to read the line of the ball and deflects it off the inside edge of his bat; the ball then passes between his body and the stumps on its way down towards fine leg
    Citation ‘His first over … cost 16 runs, eight of them from a stroke known to me in my schooldays as the “Chinese cut”, an attempted forcing shot off the back foot on the off-side where the ball is edged past the stumps down to fine leg’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘This was the start of a barren run for England: they didn’t win a Test in Pakistan for 39 years and 19 matches, until Graham Thorpe’s Chinese cut in the Karachi gloom in 2000–2001’ (Cricinfo, 15 January 2003)
  • verb to hit the ball when playing a Chinese cut
    Citation ‘Cheerful ones merely smile sadly as some clown of a batsman misreads a googly and Chinese cuts it’ (Peter Roebuck, Cricketer November 1982)