Definition of wicket in English:



  • 1Cricket
    Each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman.

    • ‘The aisle also wears a green colour complete with wickets and bails.’
    • ‘But if the bowler can knock the bails off the wickets, the batsman is out.’
    • ‘Yes, it's the fast bowler strutting his stuff: running up to the wicket; wrecking a batsman's stumps.’
    • ‘It's a great place to play cricket and the wickets are probably the best batting wickets in the world.’
    • ‘It was there that Robert and his pupils played cricket on a pitch marked out by wickets of willow sticks.’
    1. 1.1The prepared strip of ground between two sets of stumps.
      ‘when they inspected the wicket, they found it being rolled by some prisoners’
      • ‘The wicket and outfield was so batsman friendly that any batsman worth his salt could have turned the match on its head.’
      • ‘The fact that the wicket was a perfect batting strip makes it more disappointing.’
      • ‘So we sat around while a new wicket was prepared and cut, which was the only way of playing.’
      • ‘You can spend some time at the crease, get used to the bowler's action, the ground, the wicket.’
      • ‘It thus becomes important for us to prepare fast and bouncy wickets at home, so that our batsmen get used to these surfaces.’
    2. 1.2The dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side's innings.
      ‘Darlington won by four wickets’
      • ‘Dringhouses maintained their good start in division two as they beat a fancied Sewerby side by four wickets.’
      • ‘Man-of-the-match Hill snatched four quick wickets as the home side found themselves in disarray on 47-6.’
      • ‘He took 2-37 and then rapped out 61 off only 36 balls with 12 fours as his side won by seven wickets.’
      • ‘They went on to win by four wickets when the winning runs were scored in the 16th over.’
      • ‘That did not stop India from totalling a record fourth innings score of 406 runs for four wickets to win the match.’
  • 2A small door or gate, especially one beside or in a larger one.

    • ‘Outside in the yard was a storm water drain which was used as an urinal and a water barrel for collecting the water from the roof and the slated stone buildings, a wicket gate leading to a dry toilet at the and of the garden.’
    • ‘Hastily, the girl slid backwards on hands and knees behind the nearest tree, and watched as they opened the wicket gate and walked down the track deeper into the forest.’
    • ‘The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.’
    barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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    1. 2.1North American An opening in a door or wall, often fitted with glass or a grille and used for selling tickets or a similar purpose.
      • ‘The barred wicket opened and shut, and the door creaked ajar.’
      • ‘As to privacy, Mr Husain complained of the wicket in the door.’
  • 3North American A croquet hoop.

    • ‘Each player takes a croquet mallet and must only use the striking end, not the side, when moving their ball through the croquet wickets.’
    • ‘The wickets are metal or wire pieces that look like miniature arches and are located throughout the croquet course.’


  • at the wicket

    • 1Batting.

      ‘the batsman remained at the wicket’
      • ‘Kingswood taking their second turn at the wicket were 104 for the loss of eight wickets before they invited the home side to take second lease.’
      • ‘More and more practice matches should be given, putting them in opening stands or in middle order so that they get a chance of remaining at the wicket to gain lot of batting experience.’
      • ‘Keighley TC's Brookes had plenty of reason to be sore at his teammates as they dropped at least two chances, with the last pair at the wicket, which would have given him all ten wickets.’
      • ‘With scores level and one over remaining, the last pair were at the wicket.’
      • ‘He then grabbed 5-63, but Circle squeezed home with the last two batsmen at the wicket.’
      • ‘Yuvraj's batting does not make me comfortable about him staying at the wicket.’
      • ‘Tong Park looked in with a chance whilst Sheikar and Wilkinson remained at the wicket.’
      • ‘With the Humpleby brothers both having suffered injuries in the field during the first innings, and unlikely to be able to bat if required, it was in effect the last two Park batsmen who were at the wicket when the winning run was scored.’
      • ‘Sometimes if a good batsman was at the wicket the ships were hit by sixers.’
      • ‘When the ball is dead he shall inform the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.’
    • 2By the wicketkeeper.

      ‘he was caught at the wicket chasing a wide one’
      • ‘Picture this during the toss made at the wicket.’
      • ‘Even when Atherton was caught at the wicket off a feeble defensive prod, there was little to suggest that, if England's ship had been holed, the watertight doors would not hold.’
      • ‘He was dismissed for a series of low scores, typically caught at the wicket, or in the slips.’
      • ‘His rich vein had to be tapped as soon as possible and sure enough Botham raised English spirits by having Wood, who struck the first two balls from the Somerset all-rounder for four, caught at the wicket in the third over.’
      • ‘He was given out caught at the wicket, but the left-hander gave the impression that the ball had touched his shoulder before travelling to the wicketkeeper.’
  • keep wicket

    • Be a wicketkeeper.

      • ‘Griffith himself later kept wicket for England in two of his three Tests in 1948 and 1949.’
      • ‘He was still a world class batsman when he was keeping wicket.’
  • lose a wicket

    • (of the batting side) have a batsman dismissed.

      ‘the tourists lost their last seven wickets for 94’
      • ‘On a pitch that became increasingly difficult to bat on, East Lancs were rocked by losing a wicket to the first ball of their reply and in truth they never recovered.’
      • ‘The home side lost a wicket with the score on 16 and then proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the ground.’
      • ‘They knocked off the runs without losing a wicket.’
      • ‘That looked a viable viewpoint when Chorley lost a wicket off just the third ball of their innings.’
      • ‘The Red Rose derby between Barrowford and Pendle Forest saw the Bull Holme side make 237 without losing a wicket.’
      • ‘Our plan after tea was not to lose a wicket, to end the day with at least two recognised batsmen out in the middle and we didn't do that… With four or five overs to go I should have played a better shot.’
      • ‘The Keighley side lost a wicket without a run on the board then progressed to 15-1 when play halted.’
      • ‘The Saints lost a wicket to the first ball of their innings and continued to struggle.’
      • ‘Leicestershire, at last, showed some backbone to their batting, managing to see out the day without losing a wicket - a notable performance after their double capitulation against Durham last week.’
      • ‘When a player loses a wicket, 10 runs are deducted from the batting team's total and the player remains at the crease.’
  • a sticky wicket

    • 1A pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.

      • ‘True, it spoke without much inflection, as if reporting a cricket score from a sticky wicket.’
      • ‘Supporters heading to today's game at Wandella would be pleased to know that the rain also failed to turn Wandella Road into a sticky wicket.’
      • ‘The Bears were sent in on a sticky wicket and were soon in trouble at 3-7.’
      • ‘Grange had made 91-4 on a sticky wicket against Wheldrake, who had enjoyed a good win over Ovington in the first round.’
      1. 1.1informal A tricky or awkward situation.
        ‘I might be on a sticky wicket if I used that line’
        • ‘English cricket looks to be on a sticky wicket in the aftermath of the national team's disappointing exit from the World Cup.’
        • ‘Hardly a hot bed of rap music so I think they were on a sticky wicket right from the start.’
        • ‘Fighting ‘globalisation’ always was a sticky wicket for the radical Left.’
        • ‘The Taoiseach is certainly batting on a sticky wicket - if you'll excuse the cricket term - but it fills the bill aptly here.’
        • ‘The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.’
        • ‘The controlling group needs to know they are going to be on a sticky wicket with this.’
        • ‘It was obvious by his address that the new Governor did not want to start his innings on a sticky wicket, hence his eagerness to disassociate himself with reports which referred to his closeness to the Gandhi family.’
        • ‘It's a bit of a sticky wicket, but we've got to put something back and we must try to look at the whole picture.’
        • ‘With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.’
        • ‘If Mark is leaving because of rumoured budget cuts, the person coming in is on a sticky wicket straight away.’
  • over the wicket

    • (referring to which side of the wicket a bowler runs when bowling) to the left of the wicket if a right-handed bowler and the right of the wicket if a left-handed bowler.

      • ‘It would have been a deserved third wicket for Panesar who can operate equally well from both round and over the wicket.’
      • ‘By bowling over the wicket, I would also not be giving him room for his strokes.’
      • ‘Giles was widely criticised for this new tactic but, encouraged by Fletcher, he continued to bowl over the wicket.’
      • ‘A left-arm paceman operating over the wicket is expected to angle or swing the ball across the right-hander.’
      • ‘Fifteen of his deliveries pitched on or outside leg stump, but 14 of those were to left-handers from over the wicket, which meant that the angle of delivery would have forced the batsmen to play at them.’
      • ‘Shifting to the pavilion end, reverting to over the wicket, he speared one on middle stump and managed to break it just enough.’
      • ‘Sent down from over the wicket, this was a fine delivery.’
      • ‘He operated both round and over the wicket, varied pace and spin and generally looked a genuine spin bowler with an international career beckoning.’
      • ‘Giles was over the wicket, so he saw the ball from the moment it left the bowler's hand.’
      • ‘When, briefly Warne switched back to over the wicket after tea, Pietersen hit him straight for six and on-drove him for four.’
  • round the wicket

    • (referring to which side of the wicket a bowler runs when bowling) to the right of the wicket if a right-handed bowler and the left of the wicket if a left-handed bowler.

      • ‘He's been bowling round the wicket to Katich, but comes back over.’
      • ‘Bowling round the wicket and attacking the rough, Benaud took 6 for 70 to secure a series-levelling 54-run win, and Australia went on to retain the Ashes.’
      • ‘A bowler must tell the umpire how many steps his run-up will be, if at all, and whether he is going over or round the wicket.’
      • ‘He's bowling round the wicket, to a defensive field, but the Aussies still manage to nibble three runs off that over.’
      • ‘Brooks played all round the wicket like a finished cricketer and was quite at home.’
      • ‘After Sidhu tonked him for one huge six, Warne changed to bowling round the wicket.’
      • ‘Donald's first over was a loosener - ‘not slow but not quick by his standards,’ according to Atherton - but after one ball of his second over, he switched to round the wicket, a sure sign that he was warmed up.’
      • ‘If a rough develops outside the right-hander's leg-stump, he can prove dangerous - from round the wicket - to the left-handers as well.’
      • ‘Soon he seemed to have given up all hope of trying to get Pietersen out and be content to deny him runs by bowling at his legs from round the wicket.’
      • ‘As our graphic shows, Knight worked his runs all round the wicket, and in all he hit only seven boundaries.’
  • take a wicket

    • (of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.

      • ‘Australia have a habit of taking a wicket or wickets very early on a day, or very early in a session.’
      • ‘He took a wicket with his first ball of the match, trapping Robinson leg before after Leicestershire decided to bat first at Grace Road.’
      • ‘The early dismissal meant that Sami, who rarely looked like taking a wicket before that passage of play, had something in the bank to show.’
      • ‘Nehra had never looked like taking a wicket and he bowled 9 overs for 75 runs, including conceding 13 runs in his last two overs.’
      • ‘He quite rightly deserved a standing ovation from the 1000-strong crowd, and he also received a smattering of applause from the Zimbabwe bowlers, who were relieved at finally taking a wicket.’
      • ‘He bowled straight and full, took a wicket and dried up the runs at both ends, so that only 19 came off five overs.’
      • ‘Two years later, he took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket, and became a key part of a side which dominated county cricket in the Edwardian era, if not in terms of titles, certainly in the public's imagination.’
      • ‘He also bowled three overs, at a rather more sedate pace than in his youth, and took a wicket - Gloucester's top-scorer Captain MA Green, who later managed England on tour overseas.’
      • ‘Hat tricks, in which a bowler takes a wicket with three consecutive balls, are fairly uncommon.’
      • ‘He was the only Wharfedale bowler to take a wicket, finishing with five for 34 as the other three wickets in a total of 160 for eight fell to run outs.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘small door or grille’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wiket; origin uncertain, usually referred to the Germanic root of Old Norse vīkja to turn, move. Cricket senses date from the late 17th century.