straight bat

Related to straight bat: straight off the bat

straight bat

n
1. (Cricket) cricket a bat held vertically
2. informal Brit honest or honourable behaviour
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NOTTINGHAM -- England captain Eoin Morgan played a straight bat when asked about the chances of bolstering his pace attack for the side's second World Cup match against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.
Who can even remember now whether or not the ECB played an entirely straight bat to get Archer qualified in time?
Mrs May will not go down as one of our better Prime Ministers but she has integrity and has played a straight bat.
But Benitez played a straight bat when asked about his future.
Bravo faced 165 balls in an obdurate stay at the crease based on patience and a textbook straight bat.
The placid pitch also played a huge part as New Zealand pair offered a straight bat and leaving deliveries away from their range.
"Theresa May is the Geoffrey Boycott of negotiations: She is playing a straight bat, she isn't giving a great deal away - I probably know as much about her approach as anybody else does" Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.
McAdams has huge success playing off Bateman's trademark straight bat comic delivery.
When it was suggested to Saints boss Justin Holbrook recently that the back-rower could be coming to the Totally Wicked Stadium, he played a straight bat.
" He plays with a straight bat," he stressed about Kohli's style.
Will he be so willing to give answers to more difficult questions which might be asked by journalists and supporters about the running of the club or will we just get the usual 'straight bat' answers which tell us nothing.