• noun a form of attack in which most of the fielders are stationed on the off-side, many of them in close catching positions, and the ball is bowled on or outside the off stump with the primary aim of inducing the batsman to hit a catch; a typical off-theory field would include three slips, a gully, point or cover, mid-off and perhaps a third man, leaving only two fielders on the leg-side
    Citation ‘Larwood had set his field for off theory with four men in the slips and Leyland covering them on the boundary’ (Melbourne Argus 11 February 1933)