twelfth man



  • noun an additional player acting as a reserve member of a team. The selectors typically name twelve players in advance of a match and then – on the morning of the game – choose eleven of them to play, after considering the state of the wicket and the players’ fitness. The twelfth man may be used as a substitute but at Test level he is often released, and if a substitute is needed it will typically be someone with good fielding skills who is not currently involved in a game for his own side.
    See substitute