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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.
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.
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 top five one-day international matches of all time had drama, tension and the very best in individual performances.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 format involves a group stage and a knockout stage. Here's the full schedule of fixtures.
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.
Cricket fights are usually the result of slow-burning tension rather than an outburst of adrenaline-fuelled aggression. Here are five classics.
A full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
Here are ten great fast bowlers from Test cricket history who combine pace, sideways movement, and accuracy to run riot against opposing batsmen.
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia.
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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.
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
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.
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
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.
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.
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
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.
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.
After a number of high profile incidents, spot fixing and match fixing have become a disease that plagues cricket, spreading doubt and cynicism.
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 materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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 set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
A guide to understanding a cricket batting order, including who bats where and a look at their respective roles in the team.
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.
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
A rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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 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 one day international (ODI) is a 50-over-per-side cricket match between two national teams, completed in a single day's play.
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
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.
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.
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
In 1993, Shane Warne bowled the 'Ball of the Century' -- a few seconds every cricket fan should know about.
A tribute to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, whose tragic death in 2014 sent shockwaves through the global cricket community.
A look at Pakistan's infamously temperamental national cricket team, featuring all its World Cup highs and lows and the team's greatest players.
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
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 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 selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
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?
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 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.
Day three match summary and key links on the first Test of Ashes 2013/14.
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
A close look at four exhilarating spectacles in a history of the rarest cricket result, the tie, at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Amid a tidal wave of words about Sachin Tendulkar's exit from international cricket, three articles stood out.
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
In cricket, nets are a set of practice pitches surrounded by netting to prevent balls from being hit far from the batter.
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
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.
A return to jaw-dropping form for a legendary all-rounder, a triumphant reminder of a young batsman's long-established talent, and more.
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.
A royal duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off the first ball of the innings.
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
In cricket, fast bowling is a bowling technique that relies primarily on delivering the ball at high speed.
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?
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.
The 2012 ICC Women's World Cup (wwc13) format involves eight teams competing across two group stages and a playoff stage.
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
The New Zealand cricket team has started 2013 in the worst possible fashion, collapsing to 45 all out against South Africa.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is back for 2013 with 76 matches in eight weeks.
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
England have won the 2013 Ashes in England without ever looking totally convincing, while Ryan Harris has impressed for Australia.
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
The USACA Facebook admin, presumably Secretary Kenwyn Williams, has provided the cricket world with a lengthy lesson on how not to use social media.
The Sachin farewell Tests were a sideshow, but now we have some real Test cricket: the Ashes.
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
In 'On Warne', Gideon Haigh explains why Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were so important to one another.
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.
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'.
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
Kings XI Punjab are playing like the complete Twenty20 team, and George Bailey deserves the credit.
Mahela Jayawardene's Test record is stunning, but it's the one-day cricket arena where he first caught my attention.
Wirral Cricket Club entered the gutter of cricket's worst team innings as they were bowled out for just three runs.
Chris Gayle's Instagram feed shows the cricket life can also be the high life.
Corey Anderson bowled an over that featured 18 runs, 2 wickets, 2 wides, and 2 sixes. Where else but the IPL?
India have beaten England in the Champions Trophy, with Ishant Sharma standing tall for a change.
Slow bowlers don't usually bowl bouncers, but Shane Warne sometimes did. Includes video links.
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.
How can you explain the loss of six wickets for two runs, including a hat-trick?
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
England have an enormous task ahead of them if they are to draw or win the Ashes from 0-2 down.
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
AB de Villiers' straight six into a rubbish bin heralded the start of an irresistible IPL innings.
A pair in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for a duck (zero runs) in both innings of a match.
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.
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 collection of quotes by and about former England opener Sir Jack Hobbs, the top run-scorer in cricket history.
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 brief history of the ebbs and flows of West Indies cricket, including key moments and great Windies players.
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
Have you somehow wound up dating a cricket fan? Well, don't worry -- there are some good points to cricket, too.
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
The Women's Cricket World Cup 2013 has no semi-final stage, making fairytales less likely.
A dot ball in cricket is a delivery from which no runs are scored, and a very important aspect of bowling.
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
Thanks to the ICC and batsman Ed Cowan, we can now get a sense of how it feels to face Mitchell Johnson.
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.
You can usually make a pretty good guess at who will win the Cricket World Cup before the tournament
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.
Kane Williamson used to be a slow and steady accumulator. Now he's hitting high-octane hundreds in the CLT20. What happened?
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.
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).
In cricket, spot fixing is arranging a particular event in advance (such as a wide or a no ball).
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
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
A bouncer in cricket is a short-pitched delivery that bounces up and passes the batter at or above chest or head height.
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
These ten batsmen left their mark on cricket's biggest stage by scoring more runs than anyone else in the tournament's history.
Should Yusuf Pathan have been given out obstructing in the KKR vs PWI match in IPL 2013?
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.
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
Stumped is the fifth most common way of getting out in cricket. Here's an explanation, and some classic examples.
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.
A list of ten of the greatest spin bowlers in Test cricket history, each of whom reached glory in his own unique way.