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protected area Line breaks: pro|tect¦ed area

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Definition of protected area in English:

noun

Cricket
A rectangle in the centre of the pitch on which a bowler may not run after delivering the ball.
Example sentences
  • lf the umpire sees a bowler running on the protected area after delivering the ball, the umpire will caution the bowler.
  • The additional stipulations cover: time wasting by fielding side, batsmen wasting time, and bowler running on the protected area after delivering the ball.
  • The fast bowler had to be pulled out of the attack in mid-over for running on to the protected area of the pitch.
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