- 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