• noun a bowling machine manufactured by the British-based Merlyn bowling Company and widely used in batting practice. According to the company’s own marketing blurb, ‘Merlyn can spin it more than Shane Warne, press a button and Merlyn turns into Muttiah Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar or anyone you want!’.
    Citation ‘Warnie has bowled beautifully in the first two Tests and, who knows, without the help of Merlyn we might have come to Old Trafford 2–0 down in the series’ (Ashley Giles, Guardian 11 August 2005)