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, the batting order is the sequence in which batters play through their team's
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, there always being two batters taking part at any one time. All eleven players in a team are required to bat if the innings is completed (i.e., if the innings does not close early due to a
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or other factor). The batting order is colloquially subdivided into: * Top order (batters one to three) * Middle order (batters four and five) * Finishers (batters six and seven) * Tail enders (batters nine to eleven) The order in which the eleven players will bat is usually established before the start of a cricket match, but may be altered during play. The decision is based on factors such as each player's specialities; the position each batter is most comfortable with; each player's skills and attributes as a batter; possible combinations with other batters; and the match situation whereby, for example, the team may require a more defensive or attacking player at that point in the innings. Also, a middle order batter in Tests may open for ODIs and
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due to their controlled approach to the game.


Changing the batting order

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of the team can change the batting order during the game at his or her discretion. They can even change the batting line-up from one game to another in a tournament or series. There are no rules about the nature or number of changes made and, if more than one
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is played, the order used in each need not be the same. It has even been known for a captain to completely reverse his batting order for the second innings after
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. This has made it possible for a bowler to take a
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across three consecutive overs of a match, including the same batsman twice. There are various reasons why the captain might make a change from the established order. Usually, however, captains and coaches prefer not to adjust the batting order unless necessary, as for example when
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up the order against India because the South African top 7 batsmen were poor against spin bowlers, a plan which backfired spectacularly. In
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, who returned to the side as Test Captain after paternity leave, decided to make many changes to the batting lineup before the second test against England after being handed a heavy defeat. Du Plessis replaced JP Duminy at no. 5, and moved Quinton de Kock from 5 to 4 (de Kock already moved from no. 7 to 5 between the 1st and 2nd innings of the first Test), and due to the suspension of Kagiso Rabada due to demerit points, so
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replaced him, Philander moved up a spot to no. 7, while
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was replaced by
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at no. 8.


Pinch hitter

If the state of the game requires runs to be scored quickly, a captain will often promote a batter who is known to score quickly up the order. This is usually a lower-order batter, as their wicket is not regarded as being so valuable. A batter who is promoted up the order with the intention of scoring quick runs is called a
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or slogger. Some examples of pinch hitters include David Miller,
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Nightwatchman

When a wicket falls near the end of the day, a lower order (less capable) batter might be sent in to bat with the intention that the more capable players will be held in reserve until the next morning. The more capable players are then not exposed to the risk of dismissal while tired or in low-light conditions. The batter who is sent in is known as the nightwatchman. This tactic is also used because players are typically nervous and unsettled at the start of the innings before settling into their rhythm and becoming "set". Sending a specialist batter in late in the day means that he or she will have to survive one such period in the afternoon, before doing the same again after the resumption of play the next day, increasing the chance of a dismissal, so a less valuable batter is sent in instead.


Opening batsmen

The opening
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or openers are the batters who bat first in the
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(no. 1 and 2). This position is important as the openers need to get the innings off to a good start. The early fall of
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can have a psychological impact on the rest of the team, affecting their performance with the bat. The opening batters also get the first experience of the
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and conditions, and must be able to adjust to them quickly. Most importantly, the opening batters must face a new
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, which is hard and has a pronounced seam. This makes it more liable to travel fast, bounce high, seam around (i.e., bounce unpredictably off the seam) and
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(i.e., deviate sideways when travelling through the air). These early conditions favour the bowling team, so the opening batters must have considerable patience, a sound technique and be good defensively. As the ball gets older, its condition starts to favour the batting team. Therefore, the openers will ideally stay at the
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long enough to protect the batters further down the order. In
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, the rate at which the openers score runs is not as important as "taking the shine off" the new ball. This is the process of softening and roughening the
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, whose condition tends to degrade the longer it is in play. By occupying the crease for a long time and taking the shine off the ball, the openers themselves are able to score more freely later on. This also makes batting easier for the rest of the order. Because of the defensive technique required early on, openers are sometimes less fluent stroke-players than the specialist batters who follow. In
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, the role of opening batter is slightly different. In this type of cricket a high
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is a necessity. Also, in the early 1990s, fielding restrictions were introduced in the early overs of the game, limiting the fielding side to only two players on the
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. To start the innings effectively and take advantage of the fielding restrictions, it became beneficial to have an aggressive batsman opening the innings. If an opening batter remains
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at the end of the team's innings, after all 10 other batters have been dismissed, he or she is said to have carried the bat.


Top order

The top order is defined as the batsmen batting at positions 1, 2, and 3. The batsmen who bat at positions 3, 4 and 5 in the order are sometimes the most technically proficient batsmen with the best stroke play. As they are likely to face an older ball that is easier to score runs against, they must aim to make a large number of runs. They may be exposed to the new ball if an opener loses his wicket early on and so must be equipped to deal with this scenario as well. Top and middle order batsmen must also be adaptable as they may be required to attack, consolidate or defend according to the needs of the team as the match situation develops. The world's most prolific and best recognised batsmen are generally found in the top order.


Middle order

The middle order is typically defined as the batsmen batting at positions 4, 5, 6 and 7. It usually consists of versatile batters who must continue to build an innings. The middle order batter is likely to be facing a much older ball bowled by a
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and defensive technique is necessary to overcome this type of attack, but they are often also fleet-footed players who attack slow bowling by charging down the pitch. The middle order players must also be adept at making runs when playing with the poor quality batters in the lower order. This requires the ability to manipulate the strike so that the tail-enders are shielded from the more potent bowlers. Players who are designated as a
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often bat in the middle order (e.g.,
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usually batted at number 6; by contrast, W. G. Grace always opened the innings). wicket-keepers generally bat in the middle order as well, often at number 6 or 7 (e.g.
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throughout his Test career usually batted at number 7; however he predominantly opened the batting in limited-overs cricket). One reason for placing all-rounders and wicket-keepers in the middle-order even though they may be more skilled than those who batted above them was because such players would be tired after bowling or keeping wicket during the preceding innings. Another reason, with the trend of wicket-keepers opening the innings in limited-over cricket, batsmen at positions 6, 7 and 8 tend to be at the crease when the second new ball is due, so they can function just like an opener and know how to wear out the new ball, or play aggressively to score quick runs to chase victory or to build the innings quickly towards a declaration. It is also plausible to see substitute wicket-keepers batting at number 5 or 6. In
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cricket, middle order batters are generally able to change their game depending on the conditions. If their team loses wickets early, they must be able to play a long careful innings. Conversely, if they are not required to bat until later in the game, they must be able to attempt to score quickly, often attempting to hit many fours or sixes, and if they only have a short period to bat, they are expected to be innovative and able to settle after a short period. In run-chases they are required to be good at calculating and minimising the risks needed to reach the target, by scoring at close to the rate required. If they score more quickly than is required, they run the risk of getting out and exposing the weaker, lower-order batsmen to the pressure situation, but if they score too slowly, then they fall behind schedule and the pressure again increases.


Lower order or tail

The lower order is defined as the batsmen batting at positions 8, 9, 10 and 11. It is usually made up of players who have average or poor batting skills, commonly known as tailenders (tail ender or tail-ender). These players are the team's specialist bowlers and sometimes the wicketkeeper, or even players on debut if their batting abilities are unproven because bowlers with better batting abilities, aspiring all-rounders or wicketkeepers do have a chance to move up the order over the course of their careers (notably
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moved from 7 to 3 or 4, and
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moved from 11 to 7 in first-class cricket). However, some bowlers do establish themselves as competent lower order batters, especially at no. 8 where many bowlers become bowling all-rounders, as in the case of fast bowlers
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, both of whom have a Test double century each to their names. By the same token, opening batters could move down the order due to poor form, having a top-heavy line-up or being better suited to play against spin bowling (notably
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moving down from an opener to no. 7, or even 8, since the
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, but has since also played at 3 in 2018). Therefore, the start of the lower order may vary in position depending on the balance of the side in terms of overall batting capability. Also, given that batters in ODIs and Twenty20 need to score quickly and aggressively, an opener in limited-overs forms of the game may bat down the order in Tests. It is likely that these batters will be dismissed for low scores. However, as expectations of these players are low when they are batting, they often play aggressive, carefree shots in the hope of scoring as many runs as possible. On occasion, the scores posted by the lower order have made a difference to the outcome of a match. If a significant contribution has come from the tail-enders, it is often said that "the tail wagged". On occasions in which the batting team is a long way behind its opponents, the lower-order batters may attempt to salvage a draw by playing defensively until the end of the match. An example of this would be the first test in the
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, in which England bowlers James Anderson and
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were able to remain at the crease for 11.3 overs, denying Australia the chance to win the match. The last batter in the order (at position 11) is sometimes referred to as ''Last Man Jack'', a term that has passed into everyday parlance. This is because if the batting order were arranged as a pack of
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numbers 9 and 10 would be followed by
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. Those batters who bat at positions 7, 8, and 9 are also known as middle–lower order batters.


Highest Test match scores for each batting position


Men

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(ENG): 364 vs. Australia at The Oval, 1938 #
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(AUS): 380 vs. Zimbabwe at Perth, 2003–04 #
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(WI): 400* vs. England at St. John's, 2003–04 #
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(SL): 374 vs. South Africa at Colombo, 2006–07 # Michael Clarke (AUS): 329* vs. India at Sydney, 2012 #
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(ENG): 258 vs. South Africa at Newlands, 2016 # Sir
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(AUS): 270 vs. England at Melbourne, 1936–37 (Note: Bradman usually batted much higher in the batting order, but he reversed his team's batting order to protect the top order from an unpredictable pitch, resulting in him batting at number 7) #
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(PAK): 257* vs. Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, 1996–97 #
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(NZ): 173 vs. India at Auckland, 1989–90 #
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(ENG): 117 vs. Australia at The Oval, 1884 (Note: Read normally batted in the middle order, between number 4 and 6) #
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(AUS): 98 vs. England at Trent Bridge, 2013 (Note: This was Agar's debut Test match) Source:


Women

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(PAK): 242 vs.
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(IND): 192 vs.
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(IND): 214 vs. England at
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in 2015) # Kathryn Leng (ENG): 144 vs. Australia at Scarborough, 1996 # Chamani Seneviratne (SL): 105 * vs. Australia at Havelock Park, 1998 # Debbie Wilson (AUS): 92 * vs.
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(AUS): 81 * vs. England, at
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, 2005 # Clea Smith (AUS): 42 vs. England, at Hove, 2005 Source:
Nitschke's score of 81 and Smith's 42 in the Australian women's cricket team in England in 2005, 2005 Women's Ashes in a Partnership (cricket), partnership of 139 is the highest last wicket partnership in women's test cricket.


See also

*Batting order (baseball)


References

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