Definition of leg before wicket in English:

leg before wicket

(also leg before, lbw)

adverb & adjective

  • (of a batsman) adjudged by the umpire to be out through obstructing the ball with the leg (or other part of the body) rather than the bat, when the ball would otherwise have hit the wicket.

    as adjective ‘Broad was leg before for 14 runs’
    as adverb ‘he dismissed Stephenson leg before wicket’
    • ‘Then on 230 Nick Knight was lbw first ball to Akram although replays showed West Indian umpire Eddie Nicholls had missed a no-ball.’
    • ‘He was perilously close to being lbw first ball to Kasprowicz and Lee's appeal shortly after was even closer.’
    • ‘Complete panic set in after the interval as Byas was lured out of his crease and stumped off Grayson who had Richard Blakey caught behind before trapping Richard Dawson lbw first ball.’
    • ‘He played across the line and I got him lbw a couple of times.’
    • ‘Rafique then trapped Rogers lbw one shy of a well-deserved half-century with one that turned in to the left-hander.’