stock ball



  • noun the most-frequently used type of delivery in bowler’s repertoire, as opposed to other types of ball that are occasionally bowled as a variation to take the batsman by surprise
    Citation ‘Lillee and Alderman … both swing their stock ball away, but can bowl an inswinger’ (Brearley 1982)
    Citation ‘The other three had the leg-break as a stock ball with the hard-to-pick googly as a lethal wicket-taker’ (Frith 1984)
    Citation ‘As a general rule, the more the ball does, the quicker the slow bowler’s stock ball can be, and the less need for variation in speed’ (Mike Brearley, Observer 30 July 2006)