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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 their position in relation to the stumps. The umpire has ruled the bowl a dead ball, as the batsman had not yet taken guard.
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MARK BUTCHER'S confidence is rising with every Test match innings - and England's new run machine admits he expects to succeed whenever he takes guard.
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Anderson takes guard - he was hoping for a day with his feet up when England won the toss this morning.
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When he next takes guard for England, he will know he is there as of right.
When 5ft 5in Taylor takes guard against the towering left-armer in the third one-day international, he will be facing one of the tallest orders in sport.