- noun a used ball taken to replace a ball that has been lost or become unfit for play before it is due to be replaced by a new ball in the normal way. The replacement ball must be one that, in the opinion of the umpires, has had roughly the same amount of wear as the ball it replaces. In normal circumstances, the umpires select the replacement ball ‘and shall inform the batsmen and the fielding captain’ (Law 5 §5). But as the quotation here shows, there are exceptions.
Citation ‘By penalising Pakistan and inviting the England batsmen to choose a replacement ball, Hair was making his declaration: Pakistan, in his eyes, were cheating’ (Vic Marks, Observer 27 August 2006)
See also new ball