first change

Definitions

Cricket

  • adjective bowling as the first bowler brought on to replace one of the two opening bowlers in a side’s attack
    Citation ‘The normal rule is that the middle order accelerate after the front-line bowlers … have gone, but that is difficult to operate when Marshall is bowling first change’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 5 June 1984)
    Citation ‘Shaun Pollock, in his 99th Test, started his new career as a first-change bowler and top order batsman with a cleanly struck 40 at No.6’ (Neil Manthorp, Guardian 3 April 2006)
  • adverb bowling as the first bowler brought on to replace one of the two opening bowlers in a side’s attack
    Citation ‘The normal rule is that the middle order accelerate after the front-line bowlers … have gone, but that is difficult to operate when Marshall is bowling first change’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 5 June 1984)
    Citation ‘Shaun Pollock, in his 99th Test, started his new career as a first-change bowler and top-order batsman with a cleanly struck 40 at No.6’ (Neil Manthorp, Guardian 3 April 2006)
  • noun a first change bowler
    Citation ‘First change was Victor Pascall, for long years the best slow left-hander in the West Indies’ (James 1963)
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