In cricket, the term wicket has several meanings:

  • It is one of the two sets of three stumps and two bails at either end of the pitch.[1] The fielding team's players can hit the wicket with the ball in a number of ways to get a batsman out.
    • The wicket is guarded by a batsman who, with his bat (and sometimes with his pads, but see the laws on LBW, leg before wicket), attempts to prevent the ball from hitting the wicket (if it does, he is bowled out) and to score runs where possible.
  • Through metonymic usage, the dismissal of a batsman is known as the taking of a wicket,[2]
  • The cricket pitch itself is sometimes referred to as the wicket.

A wicket