Cricket: Most Popular Articles
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
A look at where to live stream the ICC Cricket World Cup online, country by country.
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
Cricket is a game piled high with records and statistics. These ten, from Bradman to Gayle, ought to be unbeatable and stand the test of time.
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.
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia in 2013, a series in which India thrashed the visitors.
A full list of links to every video in the ESPN Legends of Cricket series, available free online, including Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
The top five one-day international matches of all time had drama, tension and the very best in individual performances.
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
A full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
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.
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).
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.
Confused about International Cricket Council player rankings? Here's a rundown of how the system works, including the way they are calculated.
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.
A look at Pakistan's infamously temperamental national cricket team, featuring all its World Cup highs and lows and the team's greatest players.
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
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.
A quick reference on cricket fields: their dimensions, what markings are required, and the types of ground cricket can be played on.
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.
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.
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
From 5 July 2015, new fielding restrictions tip ODI cricket away from batters and back towards the fielding team.
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.
A rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
Cricket fights are usually the result of slow-burning tension rather than an outburst of adrenaline-fuelled aggression. Here are five classics.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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.
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
A simple but thorough guide to cricket fielding positions, appropriate for all cricket knowledge levels. Includes every position in one image.
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.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 format involves a group stage and a knockout stage. Here's the full schedule of fixtures.
The death overs are the crunch time in a limited overs cricket match. Learn more at About.com Cricket, including examples.
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
This checklist offers all the equipment needed for a serious cricket match in one place, with detailed explanations of each item.
Here are ten great fast bowlers from Test cricket history who combine pace, sideways movement, and accuracy to run riot against opposing batsmen.
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.
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.
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable Sir Donald Bradman (The Don).
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
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 cricket bowler's economy rate is a measure of how many runs they concede per over. Our cricket glossary entry includes examples to aid understanding.
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.
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.
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
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?
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
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.
A guide to understanding a cricket batting order, including who bats where and a look at their respective roles in the team.
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
Any conversation about corruption in cricket will touch on match fixing and spot fixing. It's important to understand the difference between the two.
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
The bowling average in cricket is the number one statistic by which a cricket player's bowling ability is judged.
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.
It's easy to get caught up in the Indian Premier League circus, but it's important to remember how ridiculous it can be.
A full list of the latest ICC player rankings for men's and women's international cricket, including Test, ODI, and Twenty20 rankings.
A close look at four exhilarating spectacles in a history of the rarest cricket result, the tie, at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
These eight men left their mark on the game of cricket, both by their achievements and by their glorious moustaches.
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
You can usually make a pretty good guess at who will win the Cricket World Cup before the tournament
A revealing interview with an IPL cheerleader, who opens up about racism, sexism, and the nuts and bolts of her work.
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.
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.
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes, often in line with the stumps.
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.
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
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.
A set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
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.
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
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.
A cricket helmet is a protective skull covering worn by cricket players to protect them from head injuries.
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.
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.
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
Defending close to your body in cricket allows you maximum control. We explain why and give hints for defending short and full deliveries.
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.
These ten batsmen left their mark on cricket's biggest stage by scoring more runs than anyone else in the tournament's history.
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.
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.
The 2016 Masters Champions League cricket tournament is free to watch online in most international territories.
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.
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?
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
A brief history of the ebbs and flows of West Indies cricket, including key moments and great Windies players.
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
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.
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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 list of ten of the greatest spin bowlers in Test cricket history, each of whom reached glory in his own unique way.
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
In cricket, fielding restrictions are a set of conditions placed on the fielding team at various times during a limited overs innings.
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.
A regularly updated schedule of men's international cricket fixtures in 2013 for the period from July to December, including Pakistan's tour of South Africa, England's tour of New Zealand, and Australia's tour of India.
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?
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?
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.
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
A cricket hat-trick involves taking three consecutive wickets and is a rare achievement prized by all bowlers.
In cricket, the non-striking batter is expected to walk a few steps down the pitch as the ball is bowled to the striker. This is called 'backing up'.
A selection of quotes by and about Sydney Barnes, an often debated figure but undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.
A selection of the best cricket quizzes on Sporcle, suitable for beginners and experts.
A dot ball in cricket is a delivery from which no runs are scored, and a very important aspect of bowling.
The rundown on the first day/night cricket Test match in November-December 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.
Match fixing is arranging the result of a cricket match in advance, and has a notorious reputation within the game.
The Cricket Monthly's 50 greatest Test cricket performances from 1965-2015 is not a perfect list, but it isn't meant to be. And it gets you thinking.
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
A full calendar of men's international cricket fixtures in 2013 for the period from January to June, including Pakistan's tour of South Africa, England's tour of New Zealand, and Australia's tour of India.
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.
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
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?
In 1993, Shane Warne bowled the 'Ball of the Century' -- a few seconds every cricket fan should know about.
Cricket Australia's new approach to tackling corruption features an amnesty period and an independent hotline.
A one day international (ODI) is a 50-over-per-side cricket match between two national teams, completed in a single day's play.
Gideon Haigh's advice to aspiring cricket writers is to play as much cricket as you can. A sunny afternoon test of his words proved them right.
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.
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.
The forward defensive stroke is the foundation of every cricket player's batting game. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to play it.
A groin protector is a piece of protective gear for cricket players that is worn to protect the genitals.
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.
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
In cricket, a non-striking batter who is run out while backing up too far is said to have been 'Mankaded'.
In cricket, the leg stump is one of three stumps that make up a wicket. It is the stump that stands on the leg side; i.e. on the side away from which the batter is facing.
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.
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
A full toss in cricket is a delivery from a bowler that reaches the batter without bouncing on the pitch. It is usually bowled by accident.
When something interesting happens in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, people talk about it for years. Here are ten classic moments.
Kane Williamson used to be a slow and steady accumulator. Now he's hitting high-octane hundreds in the CLT20. What happened?
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.
A slog in cricket is a baseball-style swing of the bat that relies on strength and timing instead of good technique.
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.
Dibbly-dobbly is a name for slow bowling in cricket that is not particularly threatening to the batter. Includes notes and examples.
We look at five pointers as to whether the first day/night cricket Test, between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide in 2015, was successful.
Batting in partnership in cricket means working together with a partner through your innings. Here's why it's important, and how you can do it well.
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
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.