long handle

Definition

Cricket

  • noun an aggressive style of batting, so called because of the natural tendency of a batsman playing attacking strokes to grip the bat closer to the top of the handle and thus allow the bat to swing through a greater arc; used in phrases like ‘give it the long handle’ and ‘use the long handle’
    Citation ‘As to sticky wickets … unless a batsman has an almost superhuman power of watching the ball, the best thing he can do is to “take the long handle” and hit as hard as ever he can’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)
    Citation ‘Warne now opted to use the long handle, slashing 12 runs from a McCague over’ (Vic Marks, Observer 4 July 1993)
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