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A rectangle in the centre of the pitch on which a bowler may not run after delivering the ball.
- ‘The additional stipulations cover: time wasting by fielding side, batsmen wasting time, and bowler running on the protected area after delivering the ball.’
- ‘Cricket Australia said in a statement that he had been found guilty of creating a long valley within the protected area by means other than natural wear and tear.’
- ‘The fast bowler had to be pulled out of the attack in mid-over for running on to the protected area of the pitch.’
- ‘The Protected Area has no special relevance for batsmen, only for the bowler.’
- ‘In cricket, running onto the protected area of the pitch, or even being on the pitch without just cause is forbidden.’
- ‘lf the umpire sees a bowler running on the protected area after delivering the ball, the umpire will caution the bowler.’
- ‘I once saw a batsman draw a line with his bat from leg stump up the pitch and just before the protected area, to give himself a guide of where the leg spin bowler was pitching the ball.’
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