General English


  • adjective denotes a wicket that offers assistance to the faster bowlers, helping them produce good bounce together with pace and movement off the pitch; the lively wicket was traditionally thought of as hard and dry, but nowadays liveliness is more likely to be associated with the ‘green’ wicket that retains a little moisture early in the day
    Citation ‘There is logic in thinking that a side strong in fast bowling should bowl when the pitch is at its liveliest, which it will be on the first morning while moisture lingers after the groundsman’s final watering’ (Berry 1982)


  • used to describe a wine that is crisp, fresh, and fruity