The title of rabbit is given to a poor batsman who is typically designated as a specialist bowler or wicket-keeper. These players rarely make hits or score any runs, and are usually placed at the number 11 batting position. This term is also used to describe a skilled batsman who happens to be out frequently when competing against a particular bowler (in which case the batter is called that bowler’s “rabbit”).

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps.

The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the bowler, "bowls" (propels) the ball from one end of the pitch towards the wicket at the other end, with an "over" being completed once they have legally done so six times.

The batting side has one player at each end of the pitch, with the player at the opposite end of the pitch from the bowler aiming to strike the ball with a bat. The batting side scores runs either when the ball reaches the boundary of the field, or when the two batters swap ends of the pitch, which results in one run being scored each time they swap ends.

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