Test match length



  • noun a fast bowler’s ‘length’ (the point at which he makes the ball pitch) that is slightly shorter than a standard ‘good length’, so that the ball has to travel a little further to reach the batsman after pitching, giving more time for any extra movement or bounce to take effect
    Citation ‘His natural length is what is known professionally as a “Test match length”, which is probably too short for county batsmen, with the ball doing too much’ (nick Cook, WCM March 1994)