General English


  • noun the position adopted by the batsman as he stands at the wicket to receive the ball
    Citation ‘That incident ended a promising partnership between Vengsarkar and the in-form Amarnath who, from an unclassical square-on stance, plays most of the strokes with vigour and courage’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 16 June 1983)
    Citation ‘Striking the ball fluently from a stance that is essentially upright, Trescothick drives firmly off either foot, and cuts and pulls with panache’ (S. Dinakar, Sportstar [Chennai], 2 February 2002)


  • noun the position in which a player holds the body in attempting to hit a ball, e.g. in cricket or golf