cricket wicket



  • noun a playing surface which, in the course of a match, provides conditions that give encouragement both to the batsman and to all types of bowler. A cricket wicket is likely to produce an even contest between bat and ball, with a clear result at the end.
    Citation ‘Not only was the suggestion unfair [Fletcher’s call to groundsmen to help England by producing seaming pitches], his reasoning was astray. This was proved at the Oval where a well-balanced side, capably led and playing good, aggressive cricket, beat Australia on one of the best cricket wickets I’ve seen in England’ (Ian Chappell, ’Why we beat the Poms’, Wisden 1994)