One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a batsman) stand in position ready to receive the ball, especially having asked the umpire to check the position of one's bat with respect to the stumps.
- ‘He is big, and broad and takes guard with a wide stance and hits the ball an enormous wallop.’
- ‘No-one takes guard at the wicket and the outfield is as rough as a public park.’
- ‘Within two balls of taking guard, Harris was offered a wide long-hop by Morkel, and you know where those go.’
- ‘Jones, whose batting form has been questionable throughout the series, took guard in the nets to face a few deliveries from lucky kids selected to bowl at him.’
- ‘So, as Lara took guard, England were on the verge of the unthinkable, the first clean sweep of a series in the Caribbean by any visiting team.’
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