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Peter Holland: Someone [promoted up the order] to increase the rate of scoring. Often these players aren't expected to be there for too long, [just there to score some quick runs and relieve the pressure.] The term comes from Baseball. John Charnock: The batting side [...] can afford to lose a pinchhitter without putting them in too much trouble. As Micheal Holdings was probably the first to point out, a pinch-hitter he has a role to play in test matches too. The 30-60 rapid runs that one expects from him, can turn the course of a low-scoring, tension-ridden test match. NEXT: FAQS About BOWLING