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  • n. The lifting of the bat in preparation for hitting the ball.


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  • He is the Brigadier Block of blessed memory, the man with a negative backlift and a top hand merely as a place to park his left glove while mucking out.

    Battling and brave: Paul Collingwood retires from Test cricket

  • Pietersen chose a more assertive route, his backlift full again, justifying his assertion in Perth last week that he was "on fire".

    Paul Collingwood's 94 puts England on front foot in Adelaide

  • Perhaps it was a technical flaw, a problem with his erect stance and high backlift that led to Terry Alderman constantlymaking him look like a bloke with a dead leg trying to shovel coal with a bent hoe.

    England can still win the Ashes – they just need KP to have a shave

  • He was not at his vintage best, to be sure, showing unusual nerves at the start of his innings as Australia looked to exploit his penchant for playing across full, straight balls with a high backlift, but when he survived a plumb-looking leg-before appeal on 61 and a dropped catch by Michael Clarke at extra cover on 66, it felt as if it might be his day.

    England Fails to Push Home Ashes Advantage

  • Sachin goes on the back foot, covers the line of the ball, the bat goes up ever so gentle and then with a low backlift swings to meet the ball seam-up, the meat of the willow taps the ball, it edges past the outstretched fingers of Wasim, brushes past the umpire and races toward the boundary, the mid-off and mid-on players giving up the futile chase half-way through.

    Personal - Cricket Nostalgia

  • I looked up and saw that loadmaster backlift, and it was like he was from a different planet, because we'd been there so long just with ourselves in this extreme isolation, and it was such a godsend, and I looked up and saw the American Air Force, and thought I wonder how many people have locked up in the air and seen the American Air Force and thought now maybe I'm going to survive.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2003

  • His lithe physique generated awesome power, notwithstanding a short backlift. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Shouldn't he be in the nets night and day, working on his backlift and his trigger movement and the other tricks of the batting trade? - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • His incredible productivity is based on an immaculate method, standing very still at the crease and keeping backlift to a minimum, playing forward and back, maximising the use of the crease. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Clarke takes a big backlift and gets right behind Morkel;s first ball of the over, it falls safely but short of the rope down the ground, having enough to find the boundary. | Top Stories


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