top order



  • noun the specialist batsmen in a side, typically the openers and the players batting as far down as five or six in the order
    Citation ‘As so often happens in such situations, the Australian top order fell apart due to an inspired spell by Mary Duggan who had the figures of 5—5 at one stage’ (Cashman & Weaver 1991)
    Citation ‘In a hectic first session after Ricky Ponting won the toss from Michael Vaughan, Stephen Harmison tenderised Australia’s top order with bowling that seldom arrived below the waist’ (Haigh 2005)