One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Clay-rich soil widely used for cricket pitches and tennis courts.‘the pitch had been upgraded with the importation of ten tons of Bulli soil’
- ‘On the shirtfronted polished Bulli soil pitches of that distant halcyon day for batsmen, Australia scored 485.’
- ‘The track was rock hard, lightning fast black Bulli soil.’
- ‘The wicket then was quite hard underneath, with water standing on the top (remember the Bulli soil).’
- ‘Sydney used Bulli soil, a fine clay that would set like marble after it had been well watered during preparation.’
- ‘The Bulli soil used in New South Wales does not cause the ball to rise so high.’
- ‘These works were carried out and a small quantity of Bulli soil provided for the cricket pitch.’
- ‘It was one of those typical Bulli soil pitches that turn with increasing viciousness as they wear under a hot sun.’
- ‘Hayward plays it successfully even on the bulli-soil in Australia.’
- ‘The wicket there is Bulli soil and priceless for huge scores.’
- ‘Bulli soil is valued for turf cricket pitches.’
Late 19th century: named after the town of Bulli in New South Wales.
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