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Cricket: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
India Cricket Team Profile
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.
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.
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.
Australia Cricket Team Profile
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.
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.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
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.
Cricket Ball Basics
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
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.
Sir Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
Men's International Cricket Fixtures:...
A full schedule of men's international cricket fixtures in the first half of 2014. including England in Australia and India in New Zealand.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
The Best Articles About Sachin Tendulkar's...
Amid a tidal wave of words about Sachin Tendulkar's exit from international cricket, three articles stood out.
Nets - Cricket Glossary
In cricket, nets are a set of practice pitches surrounded by netting to prevent balls from being hit far from the batter.
Test Cricket: Back to Reality
The Sachin farewell Tests were a sideshow, but now we have some real Test cricket: the Ashes.
Ashes Alive!
Day three match summary and key links on the first Test of Ashes 2013/14.
Below-Par England Win Ashes 2013
England have won the 2013 Ashes in England without ever looking totally convincing, while Ryan Harris has impressed for Australia.
Ashes Over?
England have an enormous task ahead of them if they are to draw or win the Ashes from 0-2 down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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.
Cricket Bat Basics
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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.
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.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
Zimbabwe Cricket Team Profile
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.
How to stop Glenn Maxwell
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
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.
Pakistan cricketer flees own wedding
When the police showed up, Umar Akmal got out of there.
Angel in the IPL outfield
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
A comparatively tame IPL 2014 Opening Ceremony
KP dancing in a lungi as Dhoni looks on with his wrists tied. Just another IPL gala.
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.
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.
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.
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.
England Cricket Team Profile
Cricket as we know it was born in England but the game has moved well beyond its borders. This England cricket team profile tracks its progress from early dominance to becoming part of a global calendar, including a timeline and stars of the past and today.
Sri Lanka Cricket Team Profile
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.
'Ask the umpires what they think' - Taufel
Cricket umpiring legend Simon Taufel thinks players can learn a lot from umpires -- especially if they ask.
South Africa Cricket Team Profile
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?
Diamond duck
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.
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.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
Brian Lara In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
New Zealand Cricket Team Profile
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.
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.
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.
Fixing in Cricket, Part Two: There Is Hope
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
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.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
Super Over
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
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.
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.
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
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.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
Pitch
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
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
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.
Martin Crowe's Five Best Innings
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.
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.
What's it like to face a 150km/h fast bowler?
Thanks to the ICC and batsman Ed Cowan, we can now get a sense of how it feels to face Mitchell Johnson.
Sledging
In cricket, sledging is the practice of verbally targeting an opposition player with the intent to put them off their game and gain an advantage.
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
Four
In cricket, a four is the scoring of four runs with a shot that bounces before touching or crossing the boundary of the field.
Women's Cricket World Cup 2013: No Semi-Finals?
The Women's Cricket World Cup 2013 has no semi-final stage, making fairytales less likely.
Royal duck
A royal duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off the first ball of the innings.
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
Leg before wicket (LBW)
Leg before wicket (LBW) is a way of getting out in cricket in which the ball hits the batter when it would have hit the wicket.
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.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
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.
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.
Over
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.
international cricket, 2013 calendar, cricket...
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The Match-Losing Innings
Yuvraj Singh's 11 off 21 in the 2014 World T20 final was the latest example of what's become known as the 'match-losing innings'.
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.
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.
Cricket life, "gangsta life"
Chris Gayle's Instagram feed shows the cricket life can also be the high life.
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.
Walking
Walking in cricket is a batter leaving the field of play on the assumption that they are out, before (or in some cases against) the umpire's decision.
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.
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.
Bowler
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
Bowling
Bowling in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
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.
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.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
India Win Champions Trophy 2013
India have beaten England in the Champions Trophy, with Ishant Sharma standing tall for a change.
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.
Cricket Jaffas Aren't For Eating, But They Are...
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
The Number '50' is Important in Cricket. Here's...
The half-century is an important milestone for batters in cricket and is noted in their career records.
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.
The Bye: A Wicketkeeper's Worst Enemy
A bye (or byes) in cricket are any runs scored off a ball that does not touch the bat or any part of the batter.
Wicket (pitch)
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
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.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
Infield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'infield' as it is used 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).
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
Short of Internationals, First-Class Cricket Is...
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
Bowled
'Bowled', one of the ten ways of getting out in cricket, is when the bowler hits the batter's stumps and dislodges a bail.
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.
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.
What's your favourite cricket sound?
There's the 'tock' of leather on willow, the 'death rattle' of stumps being shattered... and my own (rather unusual) choice.
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.
Caught
'Caught', one of the ten ways of getting out in cricket, is when a batter's shot is caught cleanly by a fielder before it touches the ground.
Draw
A draw in cricket is a match that concludes before the team batting last completes its innings.
Outfield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
Not out
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
It's IPL time, again
The Indian Premier League is back for 2014 with more trademark madness -- and hopefully no nefariousness.
Shane Warne: "The Greatest Cricketer of Our Era"
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Could Ellyse Perry Be the First Women's Cricket...
Given her dominant performances with bat and ball in the 2014 Women's Ashes, Ellyse Perry's impact on women's cricket could extend well beyond the boundary rope.
What's a Wide in Cricket? (Hint: Not Good for...
A explanation of what constitutes a cricket 'wide' -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- and how it is punished.
Pair
A pair in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for a duck (zero runs) in both innings of a match.
All-rounder
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
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.
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