leg-theory

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a form of attack in which the majority of the fielders are stationed on the leg-side, with several in close catching positions, and the ball is bowled on or outside the leg stump with the aim of restricting scoring strokes and inducing the batsman to hit a catch. A typical leg-theory field might include a square leg, a fine leg, and three or four fielders in the leg trap between leg slip and silly mid-on.
    See also bodyline, fielding restrictions
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