• noun a batsman whose job is to play aggressively and score runs quickly during the early stages of his team’s innings; the pinch-hitter is a feature of one-day cricket, and is typically a player who would normally bat lower down the order but is promoted in order to set up a fast run-rate
    Citation ‘As one of the most uninhibited strikers of the ball in county cricket, Brown earns his chance in the wake of the vogue for top-of-the-order pinch-hitters in the World Cup’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 23 May 1996)