• noun
    (written as straight drive)
    a form of drive, played to a good length ball pitching around middle or off stump, by which the ball is sent back down the pitch (or over the bowler’s head) into the area directly behind the bowler’s wicket.
    See drive
    Citation ‘Truly, the straight drive is the most satisfying of cricket strokes because it is executed with the full blade that placates scientists and the flourish that impresses artists’ (Peter Roebuck, The Age (Melbourne) 17 December 2005)
  • verb to hit the ball when playing a straight drive
    Citation ‘Before he was eventually out for 99, straight-driving back to McMillan, Atherton might have been out twice on that score’ (Richard Hutton, Cricketer September 1994)