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What 's open and closed stance? Contributor(s): brangas. Cricket is a side-on game. You do not directly face the ball when you bat. Ideally, one bats with one's leading shoulder pointing to the wicket at the non- striker's end. A batsman (usually to counter short-pitched bowling) 'opens' his stance by standing at a slight angle such that his leading shoulder is pointing more towards mid-on. The stances differ in the feet positions relative to the crease as shown below. / / / \/ /<---- Open stance \/ (front-on) | | `------- `------- \ \ \ Closed stance (side-on stance) Other aliases front-on = square-on, two eyed/open stance side-on = closed,