One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a cricket team) be required to bat again immediately after failing in their first innings to reach a score within a set number of runs of the score made by their opponents.
- ‘England, following on, needed 92 runs to avoid an innings defeat with only three wickets in hand.’
- ‘They totalled 657 for 8 declared after being bowled out for 106 and asked to follow on.’
- ‘Sodumo followed on 214, having scored a valuable 55, as he played the anchor for a swinging Tyron Henderson.’
- ‘In that second Test at Kolkata, we had Sachin [Tendulkar] out in the second innings as India followed on.’
- ‘He was out hooking for a dogged 64 and guiltily apologised to his team-mates as England followed on.’
- ‘Tim Wall, last man in, with six runs needed to make England bat again, was then out for a duck, and Australia, to our relief, had to follow on.’
- ‘Ponting was one of four wickets lost by Australia after they were made to follow on for the first time in 17 years and 191 Tests.’
- ‘This match entered history because a team won after following on.’
- ‘After being bowled out for 191, England followed on, making 532, and batting for nearly three days.’
- ‘By the close, they had edged to 12 for 0 in their second innings after being asked to follow on.’
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