shirtfront

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a good, true batting wicket with an even bounce, offering little assistance to either seam or spin bowling. It is hard and flat, like the starched, well-ironed front of an old-fashioned dress shirt.
    Citation ‘As those who knew it best had prophesied, the “googly” possessed few terrors on the “shirt-front” wickets of Adelaide and Sydney’ (H. S. Altham, History of Cricket 1926)
    Citation ‘On another “shirtfront” in Hyderabad, he made an unbeaten fifty-five in three and a half hours’ (Berry 1982)
    Citation ‘On 11 of the 16 days of play in the series, they had shirt-fronts laid out for them, which allowed their batsmen to rack up big scores’ (Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo Magazine August 2006)
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