Definition of all-rounder in English:



  • A versatile person or thing, especially a cricketer who can both bat and bowl well.

    • ‘He was a talented all-rounder, bowling his leg breaks off a very long run up.’
    • ‘The 1980s was a time of great cricket all-rounders.’
    • ‘But maybe he would've just been one of those all-rounders who can neither bat nor bowl.’
    • ‘A season of English county cricket with Kent converted him to a complete all-rounder.’
    • ‘He is keen to develop his batting and become an all-rounder.’
    • ‘Today he is seen as one of the most dangerous all-rounders in international cricket.’
    • ‘The all-rounder was eventually clean bowled by Adam Sanford to end the New Zealand innings.’
    • ‘My guess is that the new rules will put the bits-n-pieces all-rounder out of the game and encourage teams to pick genuine all-rounders or specialist batsmen/bowlers as the substitute.’
    • ‘Ian Botham, one of the greatest cricket all-rounders of all time, received the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of the major impact he has made to the world of sport during his remarkable career.’
    • ‘They picked their best batsman, their best bowler and their best all-rounder.’
    • ‘Only a fortnight ago, England coach Duncan Fletcher lamented that even the world's best all-rounders rarely reached the heights of their batting and bowling games at the same time.’
    • ‘Extra incentives will also be made to the best performing individuals with cash prizes of up to £1, 500 going to the best performing batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.’
    • ‘Several West Indian, Australian, Indian and Pakistan cricketers are playing in the Lancashire League - all-rounders or bowlers are usually preferred to batsmen.’
    • ‘The team consists of five all-rounders, six specialist batsmen, two wicket keepers and five strike bowlers.’
    • ‘I am a bit of an all-rounder, but it was batting that I mainly refined in the family back garden.’
    • ‘Flintoff has the supreme gift of a Botham and all the great all-rounders.’
    • ‘Yet there can be no doubt now that the Lancashire giant can emerge as one of world cricket's top all-rounders.’
    • ‘‘We had mainly all-rounders and batsmen, so we were very confident and we weren't disappointed with the result,’ he said.’
    • ‘Choose from batsmen, bowlers, all-rounders or a new wicket keeper - whatever is needed to take your side to the top.’
    • ‘Anyway, there is a second all-rounder already in the team, wicket-keeper Geraint Jones.’