stock bowler



  • noun a bowler whose primary function is to bowl accurately and defensively for long spells in order to restrict the opposition’s scoring opportunities, rather than to take wickets
    Citation ‘Gibbs toiled away predominantly as a stock bowler through series after series … tying batsmen down for hours without necessarily reaping great harvests’ (Frith 1984)
    Citation ‘If ever his control is threatened, he [Warne] can regroup by bowling around the wicket to the right-handed batsman, thereby restricting him to just one scoring stroke, a risky sweep. Hence in the Ashes series his captain, Border, was able to use him as both shock and stock bowler’ (Vic Marks, Wisden 1994)
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