hit wicket



  • adverb a mode of dismissal in which the batsman is given out ‘if, after the bowler has entered his delivery stride and while the ball is in play, his wicket is put down either by the striker’s bat or by his person’ (Law 35 §1). As the wording makes clear, the batsman does not have to hit the stumps with his bat in order to be out hit wicket; the effect would be the same if, e.g., his sleeve brushed the bails off. The dismissal is credited to the bowler and is entered in the scorebook as ‘hit wicket b bowler’. The batsman is not out, however, if he hits the wicket while trying to avoid being stumped or run out.