strike bowler



  • noun a ‘frontline’ bowler who bowls in fairly short spells to an attacking field, especially with the new ball or to a new batsman, and whose primary function is to take wickets rather than to restrict scoring opportunities
    Citation ‘The emergence within a few days of Frank Tyson as a magnificent strike bowler and his partnership with Brian Statham transformed England’ (John Arlott, WCM September 1984)
    Citation ‘His bowling had gone from useful-third-seamer to firecracker strike bowler’ (Simon Barnes, Wisden 2006)
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