Extra (cricket)

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In the sport of cricket, an extra (sometimes called a sundry) is a run scored by a means other than a batsman hitting the ball.

Other than runs scored off the bat from a no-ball, a batsman is not given credit for extras and the extras are tallied separately on the scorecard and count only towards the team's score. A game with many extras is often considered as untidy bowling; conversely, a game having few extras is seen as tidy bowling.

Types of extra[edit]


An umpire may call a no-ball when the bowler or fielder commits an illegal action during bowling.

The most common reason for a no-ball is overstepping the popping crease with the front foot. A rarer reason is when the bowler's back foot touches or lands outside the return crease. Other reasons include when a bowler throws (or chucks) the ball, or bowls a full toss above waist high, or for dangerous or unfair short pitched bowling.

The penalty for a no-ball is one run (or, in some one-day competitions, two runs, and/or a "free hit"); furthermore, the no-ball does not count as one of the six in an over and an extra ball is bowled.

The run awarded for the no-ball is not credited to an individual batsman's score but is tallied separately as part of the team's score. Any additional runs scored by the batsman off the bat, whether by running or by a boundary, are included in the individual's score.

It is possible for a team to score byes or leg byes (but not wides) from a delivery ruled a no-ball, these are in addition to the run awarded for the no-ball.

Since the 1980s a no-ball has been scored against the bowler, making the bowling statistics more accurate.


A ball being delivered too far from the batsman to strike it, provided that no part of the batsman's body or equipment touches the ball, is known as a wide.

When a wide is bowled the batting team are awarded a run, which is tallied separately on the scorecard and does not count towards the individual batsman's score. Additionally, a wide is not counted as one of the six balls in the over and a replacement is bowled. All wides are all added to the bowler's score.


If the ball is not struck by the batsman's bat (nor connects with any part of the batsman's body) the batsmen may still run if they choose. If the ball reaches the boundary, whether or not the batsmen ran, four byes are awarded. Any runs scored are tallied separately on the scorecard and do not count towards the batsman's individual score.

Byes may be scored from no-balls as well as from legitimate deliveries.

In modern cricket, byes are normally scored against the wicket-keeper in their statistics.


If the ball hits the batsman's body, then provided the batsman is not out leg before wicket (lbw) and the batsman either tried to avoid being hit or tried to hit the ball with the bat, the batsmen may run. In this case, regardless of the part of anatomy touched by the ball, the runs scored are known as leg-byes. If (with the same provisos) the ball reaches the boundary, whether or not the batsmen ran, then four leg-byes are awarded.

Leg-byes can be scored from no-balls or legitimate deliveries and are counted only towards the team's score, not that of the batsman.

Unlike no-balls and wides, byes and leg-byes are not scored against the bowler.

Penalty runs[edit]

As well as the runs scored as penalties for no-balls and wides, penalty runs are awarded for various breaches of the Laws, generally related to unfair play or player conduct. Many of these penalties have been added since 2000. Penalties are awarded under Law 41 for Unfair Play [1] and, since 2017 under Law 42 for Players' Conduct [2]

Five penalty runs are awarded to the batting team if

  • The ball strikes a fielder's helmet when it is on the field but not being worn (ie. when temporarily taken off and sat on the field behind the wicket keeper).
  • A fielder wilfully fields the ball other than with his person (for example, using a cap or other item of clothing).
  • The ball is touched by a fielder who has returned to the field without the umpire's permission.
  • The fielding team deliberately distract or obstruct the batsman. (If the distraction or obstruction occurs before the striker receives the ball, the fielding team must first receive a warning, however penalty runs are awarded for the first instance of such an infringement after the striker has received the ball.)
  • After being warned, the fielding team damage the pitch or deliberately waste time between overs, thus ignoring the warning.

Five penalty runs are awarded to the fielding side if the batting team:

  • Attempt to "steal" a run or deliberately run short
  • Deliberately waste time after having been warned
  • Damage the pitch after warning.

The penalty runs are added to the fielding team's score in their previous innings, unless they have not yet batted, in which case the runs are added to their next innings.

Either team may be penalised five runs if the umpires decide that the team have illegally changed the condition of the ball, known as 'ball tampering'.

Either team may be penalised five runs after warning for practising on the pitch on match days, on the rest of the square unless authorised by the umpires, or on the outfield during play except by the fielders, who can only use the match ball, and must not change its condition or waste time.

Law 41 contains a final catch-all (Law 41.19) which empowers the umpire to award five penalty runs for any action that he judges unfair, which is not otherwise covered.

Under Law 42 five penalty runs are awarded to either team if the umpire judges the conduct of their opponents unacceptable. For Level 1 offences the umpire will warn the offending team first, and award penalties on any repeat occurrence by the same team. For Level 2 offences no warning is given. After any Level 2 offence, or any Level 3 ("yellow card") or Level 4 ("red card") offence, no warning is given before awarding penalty runs for any further Level 1 offence by the offending team.

Level 1 offences are:

  • wilfully mistreating the cricket ground, equipment or implements
  • dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  • obscene, offensive or insulting language
  • excessive appealing
  • advancing in an aggressive manner towards an umpire when appealing
  • any other action the umpire considers an equivalent offence

Level 2 offences are:

  • serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action
  • inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player
  • throwing the ball at a player, umpire, or anyone else, in an inappropriate and dangerous manner
  • using obscene or seriously insulting language or gesture to any another person
  • any other action the umpire considers an equivalent offence

Examples and references for each

Examples of some cases are rare in professional cricket to date. One reason for this is that such an award on the pitch by the umpires will be a judgement of a wilful act, and hence of cheating, which the umpires are unable to determine conclusively at the time, or prefer to be made by the Match Referee at more leisure. Some of the recent Law changes are specifically intended to curb deteriorating behaviour in recreational cricket and hence address the retention of umpires [3]

Some examples of penalty runs are:

  1. On 12 September 2002 in Colombo, Pakistan were awarded five penalty runs after Rashid Latif's delivery hit Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara's helmet.[4]
  2. On 20 August 2006 England were awarded five penalty runs for ball tampering after umpires Darrel Hair and Billy Doctrove judged, in the 56th over of the 4th day's play in the fourth Test Match at the Oval, London, that Pakistan had altered the condition of the ball. [5] Because that judgement implied that Pakistan had cheated, considerable fallout resulted. The judgement was overturned by the ICC Code of Conduct hearing September 28 2006, which concluded that, "The charge of ball-tampering is therefore dismissed." [6] but that ruling could not and did not expunge the penalty runs recorded.[7]
  3. On 3 January 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa were awarded five penalty runs after Graeme Swann's delivery hit English wicket-keeper Matt Prior's helmet.[8]
  4. On 25 October 2013 in Dubai, Pakistan were awarded five penalty runs after Faf du Plessis rubbed the ball on a zipper of his trouser pocket which was deemed to be ball tampering.[9]
  5. On 22 October 2016 in Chittagong, England were awarded five penalty runs after Shakib Al Hasan's delivery hit Bangladeshi wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim's helmet.
  6. On 15 June 2017 in Edgbaston (ICC Champions Trophy; Semifinal), Bangladesh was awarded five penalty runs after the ball bounced off the strewn left glove in a run out attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  7. On 8 January 2018 in Sydney (2018 Ashes; 5th Test), England were awarded five penalty runs after the ball from Nathan Lyon to batsman Tom Curran passed the wicketkeeper and hit a helmet.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Law 41 - Unfair Play".
  2. ^ "Law 42 - Players' Conduct".
  3. ^ "Summary of changes to the Laws of Cricket 2017 Code" (PDF).
  4. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66180.html
  5. ^ lhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/other_international/pakistan/5388402.stm
  6. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvpak/content/story/260776.html
  7. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/14612/scorecard/225258/england-vs-pakistan-4th-test-pakistan-tour-of-england-and-scotland-2006
  8. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/fds/hi/statistics/cricket/scorecards/2010/1/83953/html/scorecard.stm
  9. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-south-africa-2013-14/engine/match/649089.html