Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of protected area in English:
A rectangle in the centre of the pitch on which a bowler may not run 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.
- 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.
- The Protected Area has no special relevance for batsmen, only for the bowler.
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