A guard is taken by placing the bat on the crease either with the face in front or the edges followed by marking it with the toe of the shoe boot or with a piece of chalk. These marks are known as bastmen guard's marks. Some common guards asked for are: Leg stump: When the surface is scratched off in front of the leg stump.
Batsmen use a guard to ensure that they are standing in the same position for all the deliveries they face from a certain bowler. By scratching the same mark on to the pitch every time they go out to bat, and placing their feet just behind it, a batsman can be sure they are in their desired position.
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A batsman usually takes umpire’s help for taking guard. The common guard positions are leg, middle, and leg-middle. An easy way to mark the guard is using spikes of the shoe. Taking guard allows the batsman in cricket to know exactly where his stumps are which gives confidence while batting!
The Indian keeper-batsman slammed 97 off 118 balls, with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes. Australia's Steve Smith shadow-batted as he came to the crease after the drinks break, and proceeded to remove Rishabh Pant's guard marks. Talking about the game, team India was on 275 runs for 5 at the time of writing this report.
Australian cricketer Steve Smith has been accused of shadow-batting at the crease and scuffle out the guard marks made by Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant, forcing him to retake the same. After drinks break Aussie comes to shadow bat and scuffs out the batsmen’s guard marks. Rishabh Pant then returns and has to take guard again.
Before you commence your innings, it is necessary to mark the position where you will take your position to face the bowler, either with your shoe spikes or your bat. Shivnarine Chandrapaul has even made it fashionable to use a bail to do so. In cricket parlance, this is called ‘ taking guard ‘.
Marking your guard - A question. So i've been watching cricket on and off since I was a kid, but something that I never fully understood was marking your guard. I understand that a batter might choose to stand on middle and leg and then mark his position to stand on the pitch for that location.
There are other guards too, some batsmen like to stand outside the leg stump, sometimes they ask for ‘half a leg’ which is just so the stumps can be seen behind the bat, others actually ask for middle, mark middle, then stand outside off and use their mark as a guide. Some batsmen ask for no guard at all, usually sloggers who will just swing at anything regardless of line or length, and of course number elevens who dont even know which side of the bat to hold let alone where to stand!