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10 Cricket Records That May Never Be Broken
Cricket is a game piled high with records and statistics. I've picked ten that ought to be unbeatable and stand the test of time.
How to Watch Cricket World Cup 2015 Online
A look at where to live stream the ICC Cricket World Cup online, country by country.
How Do International Cricket Council Rankings...
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
How to Watch IPL 2015 Cricket Online
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
Top 5 One-Day International Cricket Matches Ever
The top five one-day international matches of all time had drama, tension and the very best in individual performances.
The 10 Ways of Getting Out in Cricket
A full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
Twenty20, The Razzle-Dazzle Short-Form Version...
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
A Beginner's Guide to Watching Cricket
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
The Six: Cricket's Home Run
In cricket, a six is the scoring of six runs with a shot that does not bounce before touching or crossing the boundary of the field.
What Is A Cricket Ball?
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
How ICC Player Rankings Are Calculated
Confused about International Cricket Council player rankings? Here's a rundown of how the system works, including the way they are calculated.
What Is A Day/Night Cricket Match?
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
ESPN Legends of Cricket: Complete Video List
A set of links to every video in the ESPN Legends of Cricket series featuring Sir Donald Bradman, W. G. Grace, Shane Warne, and Wasim Akram.
What is a Diamond Duck in Cricket?
A diamond duck in cricket is either being dismissed for zero off the first ball of an innings or being dismissed without facing a ball.
A Definition of 'Economy Rate' in Cricket, and...
A bowler's economy rate in cricket is the average number of runs they concede every six balls. This info page includes examples to aid understanding.
The Dimensions and Markings of Cricket Fields
A quick reference on cricket fields: their dimensions, what markings are required, and the types of ground cricket can be played on.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
What You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
How big is a cricket bat? What is it made of? Who makes them? All these questions are in this quick reference guide to cricket bats.
A Collection of Quotes By and About Sir Donald...
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable Sir Donald Bradman (The Don).
Cricket Pitch Basics
In this quick reference on the cricket pitch, you'll learn about its markings, required dimensions, and the types of pitch that can be used.
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
10 of the Greatest Fast Bowlers in Test Cricket...
Here are ten great fast bowlers from Test cricket history who combine pace, sideways movement, and accuracy to run riot against opposing batsmen.
5 Notorious Cricket Fights, And Why They Happened
Cricket fights are usually the result of slow-burning tension rather than an outburst of adrenaline-fuelled aggression. Here are five classics.
The Easiest Way to Catch a Cricket Ball
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
The Latest ICC Player Rankings
A full list of the latest ICC player rankings for men's and women's international cricket, including Test, ODI, and Twenty20 rankings.
Cricket's First Day/Night Test Is Coming In...
The rundown on the first day/night cricket Test match in November-December 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.
Five Reasons Why Cricket Shouldn't Be An...
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
The Ten Best Spin Bowlers in Test Cricket History
A list of ten of the greatest spin bowlers in Test cricket history, each of whom reached glory in his own unique way.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Format and Schedule
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 format involves a group stage and a knockout stage. Here's the full schedule of fixtures.
Sachin Tendulkar: What He Said, and What They...
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
Bowling a No Ball in Cricket: Avoid These Reasons
A rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
How to Watch Cricket World Cup 2015 Warm-Up...
Want to see your team's last hit-out before the 2015 Cricket World Cup proper? Here's where to watch most of the games.
What Run Rate Means In Cricket, And How To...
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs. Here's how you calculate it, with some examples of crazy run rates in cricket.
Laws of Cricket
The Laws of Cricket are the official rules of the sport established by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and updated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Cricket Fielding Positions Explained! With...
A simple but thorough guide to cricket fielding positions, appropriate for all cricket knowledge levels. Includes every position in one image.
Pakistan Cricket: From the Sublime to the...
A look at Pakistan's infamously temperamental national cricket team, featuring all its World Cup highs and lows and the team's greatest players.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
India Cricket: One Big 'Tamasha'
Cricket in India has gone from a British colonial pastime to a source of great wealth and power for the nation, as well as the greatest passion of a billion people. Learn more here about the Indian cricket team, its best players, its World Cup record and more.
Fielding Tips: How to Form Long Barriers
A set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
What is a 'Five-For' in Cricket?
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
Cricket World Cup 2015: Two Countries, One Visa
Getting to the Cricket World Cup 2015 is twice as easy for foreign visitors with a combined Australia and New Zealand visa. Here's how to get one.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
How To Calculate Net Run Rate in Cricket
Net run rate (NRR) is used in cricket to rank a team's performance in a league or cup competition. Here's how you calculate it.
Wisden's Greatest All-Time Test Cricket Eleven
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
10 of the Best Batting Performances in IPL...
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has offered some of the finest Twenty20 batting the game has seen. Here are ten of the best IPL innings.
List A Cricket -- 'An Explanation' (feat....
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
Sir Vivian Richards In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about outstanding West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards, one of the most confident and destructive players ever to appear on a cricket field.
The Toss in Cricket: What It Is, And How It Can...
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first. The toss can be crucial in deciding the outcome of a match.
A Definition of 'Test Match' in Cricket
A Test match in cricket is a five-day match between two top-level national representative cricket teams, during which each team bats two innings.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
How Cricket's Decision Review System Works
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
The Secret Life of an IPL Cheerleader
A revealing interview with an IPL cheerleader, who opens up about racism, sexism, and the nuts and bolts of her work.
Wicket (stumps)
The second definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the set of three stumps and two bails defended by the batter at each end of the 22-yard pitch.
New Fielding Restrictions in ODIs for 2015
From 5 July 2015, new fielding restrictions tip ODI cricket away from batters and back towards the fielding team.
Cricket Ball Heading For Your Face? Here's How...
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
Five Reasons Why Cricket Should Be An Olympic...
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
A Guide To Interpreting A Cricket Batting Order
A guide to understanding a cricket batting order, including who bats where and a look at their respective roles in the team.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
Brian Lara: Quotes By and About a Cricket Legend
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
What It's Like To Face Genuinely Fast Bowling
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
W. G. Grace In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about former England all-rounder W. G. Grace, the first master of cricket and considered by many to be the greatest cricketer of all time.
Bangladesh Cricket: Finding Their Feet
Bangladesh is still a young member of international cricket's elite group. But with a new generation of talented players, it has plenty of potential.
Cricket World Cup 2015 Could See The First 500...
If these four conditions are right, the 2015 World Cup in Australia & NZ could see the first team total of 500 in one day cricket history.
How To Play 'Last Man Stands' Cricket
Last Man Stands makes cricket faster, more exciting, and more easy to participate in -- especially for those who don't have a lot of spare time.
One Day International (ODI)
A one day international (ODI) is a 50-over-per-side cricket match between two national teams, completed in a single day's play.
Dot Balls: A Cricket Bowler's Path to Success
A dot ball in cricket is a delivery from which no runs are scored, and a very important aspect of bowling.
International Cricket: What's Happening in 2015
A calendar of men's international cricket fixtures in the first half of 2015, which includes New Zealand in England and the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Why Do You Walk In With The Bowler In Cricket?
It's one of the first things you're taught as a young cricketer. But why should you walk in with the bowler? Here are a few reasons.
What Are The Death Overs In Cricket?
The death overs are the crunch time in a limited overs cricket match. Learn more at About.com Cricket, including examples.
Match fee -- Cricket Glossary
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
Shane Warne In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
Match Fixing and Spot Fixing in Cricket Are Not...
Any conversation about corruption in cricket will touch on match fixing and spot fixing. It's important to understand the difference between the two.
The Closest Finishes in Cricket World Cup History
A close look at four exhilarating spectacles in a history of the rarest cricket result, the tie, at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Cricket and Depression
A look at high-profile cases of depression among top-level cricketers including Marcus Trescothick, Iain O'Brien, Michael Yardy, Scott Boswell, and Lou Vincent.
New Zealand Cricket: Punching Above Their Weight
A brief look at the history of New Zealand's national cricket team, with a look at its international record and World Cup performances, as well as famous New Zealand players.
Here's What You Need To Play Cricket (Tip: Keep...
If all you want to do is play cricket, there are really only two things you need. Don't let the complexities of a full match put you off.
Sir Garfield Sobers In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about former West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers, who is regarded by many as the greatest all-round cricketer of all time.
A Profile of Sir Donald Bradman, Cricket's 'Don'
Donald Bradman (aka 'The Don') is the best cricket player to have played the game. Read more about this cricket legend in a detailed player profile.
Run out
If a batsman attempts a run, but fails to make his ground before the bails are dislodged by the fielding team, he is run out.
What Does It Mean When Cricket Players Wear...
If you're confused about what sort of cricket is played in whites and what is played in colours, here's what you need to know.
Three In Three: The Cricket Hat-Trick
A cricket hat-trick involves taking three consecutive wickets and is a rare achievement prized by all bowlers.
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
Want Cricket World Cup Tickets? Here's How to...
All the essential information and links to buy Cricket World Cup 2015 tickets online, in person, or on the phone, whether you're based in Australia, NZ, or the rest of the world.
Top Five Most Ridiculous Things About The IPL
It's easy to get caught up in the Indian Premier League circus, but it's important to remember how ridiculous it can be.
Men's International Cricket Fixtures:...
A calendar of men's international cricket fixtures in the second half of 2015, includeing The Ashes and the much-anticipated Pakistan v India series.
What Is Cricket's Cow Corner?
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
Zimbabwe Cricket: Mugabe's Long Shadow
Politics has overshadowed much of Zimbabwe's cricket history but it has still managed to produce a few world-class players and stage a couple of World Cup heists. Get the run-down on the Zimbabwe national cricket team here.
An Anchor to Steady a Cricketing Ship
If your cricket team's innings is struck by a batting collapse, you're going to need an anchor to stick around and stop the rot.
South Africa Cricket: Overcoming the Past
Since reinstatement to international cricket in 1991, after 20 years in apartheid-induced isolation, South Africa have grown into a formidable, well-balanced team. Now, when will they fix their World Cup record?
Partnership -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, a partnership is a period of play in which two batters are batting together.
Dibbly-dobbly -- Cricket Glossary
Dibbly-dobbly is a name for slow bowling in cricket that is not particularly threatening to the batter. Includes notes and examples.
Australia Cricket: A Never-Say-Die Attitude
Australia has been the most successful national team in the history of cricket. Find out more about its international record and World Cup performances, as well as famous Australian players.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
BBC Empire of Cricket: Complete Video List
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
What Are Fielding Restrictions In Cricket?
In cricket, fielding restrictions are a set of conditions placed on the fielding team at various times during a limited overs innings.
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
What Makes A Great Cricket Player?
What is it that makes Kumar Sangakkara a great cricket player? Here we take a look at some of the qualities that make certain cricketers great.
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
Sri Lanka Cricket: Those Smart Blue Uniforms
Sri Lanka can lay claim to being the most innovative international cricket team of the 1990s and 2000s. Find out more about its international record and World Cup performances, as well as the key players in Sri Lankan cricket.
Cricket Jaffas Aren't For Eating, But They Are...
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
Top Five Innings By NZ Cricket Legend Martin...
Five of the best from Martin Crowe, who is widely regarded to be New Zealand's greatest batsman - especially for his performances in the 1992 World Cup.
ICC #CWC15: Australia Seize the Day, NZ Stumble...
A full report of Australia's near-perfect victory in the final of Cricket World Cup 2015 against New Zealand, who had won so many fans in the lead-up.
When Playing Cricket, Stay In The Moment
A discussion of why it's important to stay in the moment when playing cricket, and some hints for how to do so.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
A List of Men's International Cricket Fixtures...
A regularly updated schedule of men's international cricket fixtures between July and December 2014, including India's tour of England and West Indies' tour of South Africa.
Rohit's Record 264 and the Quest for 300
Now that Rohit Sharma has set a new ODI cricket mark with 264, is it time to start thinking about the first limited overs triple century?
I Was There: Sangakkara's Last Double Ton
A reflection on Kumar Sangakkara's 203 against New Zealand in 2015, the last great peak in his remarkable Test career.
A draw in cricket is a match that concludes before the team batting last completes its innings.
An over is a set of six balls bowled by a single bowler from one end of the pitch and is one of the basic elements of cricket.
Everyone Loves McCullum's Black Caps
A look at why the Black Caps under Brendon McCullum have become the world's favourite cricket team.
Don't Drop A Sitter In Cricket
A sitter in cricket is a very easy catch. Includes notes and examples of the 'sitter' in cricket.
"Are you going to get out now or do I have to...
A selection of quotes relating to former West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall, a true legend of cricket who was voted into Wisden's All-Time Test XI.
Every Player In IPL 2014, And A Few To Look Out...
Every player in each Indian Premier League team for the 2014 IPL, with notes on selected players to watch including Dale Steyn and Virat Kohli
What the Spirit of Cricket Actually Means
The Spirit of Cricket is the spirit of fair play in which a cricket match is meant to be played, responsibility for which rests with team captains.
Keeper -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, the keeper (short for wicketkeeper) is the player on the fielding team who stands behind the stumps.
Fast Bowling: Cricket's Most Aggressive Art
In cricket, fast bowling is a bowling technique that relies primarily on delivering the ball at high speed.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
How to Bowl an Outswinger in Cricket
Bowling an outswinger in cricket is complicated at first, but if you practice with these steps, you can add this dangerous delivery to your arsenal.
Bails, The Grooviest Thing In Cricket
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
The Day Mahela Jayawardene Caught My Eye
Mahela Jayawardene's Test record is stunning, but it's the one-day cricket arena where he first caught my attention.
An Overview of Protective Gear for Cricket
Get your hands on as many of these cricket protective items as you can -- they'll look after those parts of your body that are vital or get hit often.
What It Means to Retire In A Cricket Match
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
The Evolution of Kane Williamson: Tortoise,...
Kane Williamson used to be a slow and steady accumulator. Now he's hitting high-octane hundreds in the CLT20. What happened?
The Story of Shane Warne's 'Ball of the Century'
In 1993, Shane Warne bowled the 'Ball of the Century' -- a few seconds every cricket fan should know about.
10 Players Who Could Surprise You In Cricket...
Here are ten under-the-radar cricketers who could surprise you with their performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Why Mankading Is So Controversial In Cricket
Mankading, or running out a backing up batter, is one of cricket's most controversial acts. But it's completely legal. What's the problem?
The Brainlessness (Or Not) of Twenty20 Cricket
After MS Dhoni's remarks that he uses his brain too much in Twenty20, should we believe that the shortest form of cricket is really that brainless?
The Circle (aka the Infield) in Cricket
In cricket, the circle is the ring of paint or dots to indicate 30 yards from the pitch.
The Collapse: A Cricket Phenomenon Best Avoided
A collapse in cricket occurs when several wickets fall in quick succession, severely damaging the team's innings.
The History and Glory of the Boxing Day Test
The Boxing Day Test is an annual feature of the cricket calendar and a notable part of Australian summer.
Wicket (dismissal)
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
What To Do When Your Cricket Team Keeps Losing
So your cricket team keeps losing. They're bowling wides, dropping catches, and conceding byes. Heads are down. What can you do?
Checklist: What You Need For A Cricket Match
This checklist offers all the equipment needed for a serious cricket match in one place, with detailed explanations of each item.
Backing up (fielding) -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, fielders on the opposite side of the stumps from a throwing teammate should prepare to stop the ball if they miss. This is called 'backing up'.
Wisden All-Time XI Wicketkeeper Alan Knott In...
A selection of quotes relating to former England star Alan Knott, who was voted as the greatest cricket wicketkeeper in Wisden's All-Time Test XI.
The Five: A Cricket Rarity
A five is a rare occurrence in cricket where a team is awarded five runs as a penalty against the opposing team. It often involves a stray helmet.
Will New Fielding Restrictions Halt the Rise of...
As one day cricket changes its stripes again, will it enter a new era of low scores and gritty contests? Or will the run-fests continue?
You're Lucky in Cricket if a Dolly Comes Your...
A dolly in cricket is a very easy catch. Includes video examples of the cricket 'dolly'.
CWC 2019 Could See Another Australia v NZ Final
The youth and depth of Australia and New Zealand could see them face off again at Lord's in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.
From Miandad to Merv: Eight Great Cricket...
These eight men left their mark on the game of cricket, both by their achievements and by their glorious moustaches.
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
Pinch hitter -- Cricket Glossary
A pinch hitter in cricket is a player sent out to bat earlier than usual with instructions to score quickly.
The Ugliest Cricket Shot
A slog in cricket is a baseball-style swing of the bat that relies on strength and timing instead of good technique.
“Play In The V,” They Say....
When you're batting in cricket, playing 'in the V' or 'with a straight bat' is a simple but effective way of minimising the risks of getting out.
What Is The Top Order In Cricket?
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
See the Format and Schedule for the 2013 IPL...
The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is back for 2013 with 76 matches in eight weeks.

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