occupation of the crease



  • noun the playing of a cautious defensive innings with the emphasis on avoiding dismissal rather than scoring runs
    Citation ‘First-innings occupation of the crease is paramount, especially where pitches tend to become more unreliable’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 15 January 1994)
    Citation ‘Then, as in India, it was Damien Martyn who made crease occupation into an art form, playing pendulously straight, essaying few memorable strokes but fewer false ones’ (Haigh 2005)