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    Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed batsman

    In Pakistan we use "left hander" to refer to a left-handed batsman when we talk about the game of cricket. Is it okay to use "left hander" and should we use it as a pair of two words with space in the middle or should we use it as one word like this "lefthander" or with a hypen "left-hander"?

    Wasim Akram, Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar were left handers.
    Wasim Akram, Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar were left-handers.
    Wasim Akram, Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar were lefthanders.

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    That term doesn't exist in AmE. We'd say that someone bats left-handed or ​is a left-handed batter​ (when referring to baseball).
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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    We would refer to a left-handed batter or pitcher as a "lefty."

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That term doesn't exist in AmE. We'd say that someone bats left-handed or ​is a left-handed batter​ (when referring to baseball).
    Exactly, the one who bats in baseball is referred to as a batter in American English. But as far as cricket is concerned we use the word "batsman" for the one who bats, even in women cricket the girls and women who participate in this game and come out to bat are referred to as "batsmen" rather than batswomen".

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We would refer to a left-handed batter or pitcher as a "lefty."
    As far as pitchers in baseball are concerned, there are similar players in cricket who are referred to as "bowlers" but they are supposed to deliver the ball with a round arm motion, they are not allowed to throw the ball towards the batsman just as the pitchers do. We refer to them as left-arm bowlers, right-arm bowlers. Unlike baseball bowlers have different varieties in cricket. There are fast bowlers, medium fast bowlers, slow medium fast bowlers. There are spin bowlers who are also called spinners. Spinners are further divided into off-spinners and leg-spinners. Cricket is an interesting game. And some Americans also play cricket at club level.

    I think "lefty" is used for both a left-handed batsman as well as for a left-arm bowler in cricket.

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    Some baseball players bat left- or right-handed depending on circumstances. They can even switch while they're at bat (i.e., between pitches). Such players are called switch hitters.

    Batting left-handed conveys an advantage when the batter gets a hit: the distance to first base (which the batter runs to after getting the hit) is about one step less from the right-hand side of the batter's box. A left-handed batter stands in the right-hand side of the box.
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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    "Left-hander" works for me as a noun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    'Left-hander' is defined as 'someone who is left-handed' in all the dictionaries here including the American ones.

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    I suppose it's possible for a generally right-handed person to bat left-handed, but I can't think of an example.

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    Re: Is it okay to use "left hander", "left-hander", or lefthander for left-handed bat

    Some cricketers bat right-handed and bowl left-handed, and vice versa.

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