twelfth man

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twelfth man

a reserve player in a cricket team
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Geoff explained what the 12th Man was about and how he sees the future for the group.
In a place such as Sri Lanka the 12th man's job is the hardest of all because you have to be ready with drinks at the drop of the hat, and players are particular.
Squad: Michael Clarke (capt), Brad Haddin (vice capt), Ed Cowan, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hussey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, David Warner (12th man to be named).( ANI )
Nuneaton 2nds: Mark Lovick (captain, Tom Burdett, Chris Knight, Fraser Plowman, Daniel Gabriel, Jon Atkinson, Lee Tracey, Curtis Neale, Paul Lovick, Chris Lomas, Liam Benn; 12th man: Jordan Gilkes.
"They were the 12th man. They have been like that since the start of the season.
"There's mini me !" gushed David Lloyd on Sky, in a reference to the nickname Cockbain derived from his father, also Ian and also a Bootle and Lancashire cricketer, who had been England 12th man against India 30 years ago and who retired from the game last September.
"He is England's 12th man for the Test and when your country calls you have to respond.
We are all looking forward to seeing the 12th man in action."
Another newcomer, Knypersley's Paul Goodwin, is named as 12th man and could make his debut in the midweek championship match against Buckinghamshire at Milton Keynes.
The panel has decided on their 12th man, but Clarke chose not to reveal the disappointed player - expected to be paceman Mitchell Starc or Ben Cutting - at his pre-match press conference.
But the Kop aren't renowned as being the 12th man in football for no good reason.
WOLVES' utility man Greg Halford has praised the Molineux faithful for their incredible support this season insisting the 12th man is a major asset.