loosener

Definition

Cricket

  • noun one of the early balls of a bowler’s spell, when he is still ‘loosening up’ and not yet bowling a good line and length
    Citation ‘Remarkably Chris [Old] did not take a wicket. Replacing him, Botham, with his third ball, which was little more than a loosener, had Wood lbw’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘The delivery was little more than a loosener but it was straight and Butt played all around it’ (Angus Fraser, Independent 18 July 2006)
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