General English


  • noun a gentle pushing movement of the bat by which the ball is deflected and ‘helped on its way’, usually into the area backward of square, its effectiveness depending on timing rather than on power
    Citation ‘He … began to time his drives and nudges and glances in what became a typically efficient Fletcher innings’ (Henry Blofeld, Guardian 31 May 1983)
  • verb to play the ball with a nudge
    Citation ‘With more than usual relief I nudged a single to square-leg’ (Brearley 1982)