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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Watch IPL 2015 Cricket Online
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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.
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.
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.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
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.
What You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cricket Field Basics
A quick reference on cricket fields: how big they need to be, what markings are required, and the types of ground cricket can be played on.
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.
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 Wisden All-Time World Test XI
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
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.
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.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
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.
What is Net Run Rate in Cricket?
Net run rate (NRR) is a metric used in cricket to rank a team's performance in a league or cup competition. It is calculated by comparing a team's run rate with that of their opposition.
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.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
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.
Sir Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
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.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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.
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.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
ICC World Cup 2015: Semi-Finals Preview
An in-depth look at two unmissable contests: NZ v SA and Australia v India. The quarter-finals may have been one-sided but these matches will be epic.
Brian Lara In Quotes
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.
Three Great Test Cricket Rearguard Actions
Test cricket produces some great rearguard actions where players had to dig deep to keep their teams in the game. Here are three of them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
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.
Saha's Sixes, Pandey's Power: Top 5 Performance...
A return to jaw-dropping form for a legendary all-rounder, a triumphant reminder of a young batsman's long-established talent, and more.
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.
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.
Match fee -- Cricket Glossary
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
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.
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.
Test match
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.
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.
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.
Overthrow -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, an overthrow is an extra run scored after the fielding team throws the ball past the stumps at either end of the pitch.
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.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
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.
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.
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.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
The Biggest Shocks of Cricket World Cup History
You can usually make a pretty good guess at who will win the Cricket World Cup before the tournament
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.
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.
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.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
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.
"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.
Sir Donald Bradman Profile
Quite simply, Donald Bradman (aka 'The Don') is the best cricket player to have played the game. Read more about this amazing batsman and cricket legend in this player profile.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
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.
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.
Six
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fixing in Cricket, Part One: The Disease
After a number of high profile incidents, spot fixing and match fixing have become a disease that plagues cricket, spreading doubt and cynicism.
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.
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.
West Indies Cricket: From Colonialism to...
A brief history of the ebbs and flows of West Indies cricket, including key moments and great Windies players.
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.
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?
Five Cricketers Who Could Switch Sixes For Home...
The notion of any cricket player transferring their skills to Yankee Stadium remains a fantasy -- but in the Twenty20 era, we can at least dream.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
The Cricket World Cup's Most Prolific Batsmen
These ten batsmen left their mark on cricket's biggest stage by scoring more runs than anyone else in the tournament's history.
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.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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.
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?
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
The 'Free Hit' in Cricket: a Gut Punch to Every...
A free hit in cricket is a kind of wild card for batters to hit out without fear of being caught or bowled out.
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?
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.
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
What Is The Top Order In Cricket?
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
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 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.
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.
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.
What Is A 'Bump Ball' In Cricket?
A bump ball in cricket is when a ball is hit directly into the ground and ricochets up to a fielder, giving the impression of a catch.
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.
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.
Sir Jack Hobbs In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about former England opener Sir Jack Hobbs, the top run-scorer in cricket history.
2013: The International Cricket Year in Numbers
From a new record Twenty20 International innings, to a curious equality on the Test and ODI wicket-taking lists, to one player's domination of women's cricket, there should be something from the international cricket year in numbers to interest every cricket observer.
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.
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.
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'.
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).
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
Tie
A tie is a rare result in cricket where both teams have scored exactly the same number of runs when the team batting last completes its innings.
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.
Forget the Corruption Allegations: Here's the...
With the spectre of corruption in the wings, IPL 2014 features some of the world's best cricketers in 60 T20 matches in the UAE and India.
Wicket (pitch)
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
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.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
Tail
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
Shane Warne: "The Greatest Cricketer of Our Era"
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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?
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
Pair
A pair in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for a duck (zero runs) in both innings of a match.
Not out
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
What Is The 'Middle Order' In Cricket?
The middle order of a cricket team is the set of players who bat in the middle positions of the team batting order, usually the team's best strokemakers.
2013 ICC Women's World Cup: Tournament Format
The 2012 ICC Women's World Cup (wwc13) format involves eight teams competing across two group stages and a playoff stage.
Wicket (dismissal)
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
Box
A box is a piece of cricket protective gear designed to protect the genitals.
The Super Sri Lankans of One Day Cricket
Seven Sri Lankan cricketers -- mostly unknowns -- stand head and shoulders above all other one-day bowlers of their generation. Why?
Match referee
A match referee in international cricket matches oversees a match from off the field and upholds the ICC Cricket Code of Conduct and Laws of Cricket.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
India Crush Australia, For A Change
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia.
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.
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
A Brief Explanation of Match Fixing in Cricket
Match fixing is arranging the result of a cricket match in advance, and has a notorious reputation within the game.
Ten Famous Moments in Boxing Day Test History
When something interesting happens in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, people talk about it for years. Here are ten classic moments.
Win
In Test and first-class cricket, a team achieves a win when it scores more runs than the opposition and dismisses its opponents twice. In ODI and Twenty20 cricket, a win is achieved by scoring more runs than the opposition.
ICC World Cup 2015: Quarter-Finals Preview
We have our ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-finalists. Here's a form guide for each team, a look at the key players, and some predictions.
The USACA Social Media Debacle
The USACA Facebook admin, presumably Secretary Kenwyn Williams, has provided the cricket world with a lengthy lesson on how not to use social media.
Cricket Glossary: 'Bouncer' (Sounds Friendly;...
A bouncer in cricket is a short-pitched delivery that bounces up and passes the batter at or above chest or head height.
Chest guard
In cricket, a chest guard is a piece of protective gear worn over the wearer's chest.

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