take guard

take guard

(cricket) Of a batsman, to stand in a ready position to receive the bowled ball, especially after having asked the umpire to indicate his or her position in relation to the stumps. The umpire has ruled the bowl a dead ball, as the batsman had not yet taken guard.
See also: guard, take
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Morgan said Pietersen hits it miles and it is definitely possible he or somebody will take guard the other way round in a match, adding it would only happen against spin bowling, not fast bowling and it is something he has discussed with the coaching staff.