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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
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.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
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.
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.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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.
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.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
What You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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 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.
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.
Men's International Cricket 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Brian Lara In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
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.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
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.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super Over
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
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.
England Cricket: From the Cradle to the Colonies
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.
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?
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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
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.
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
Fixing in Cricket, Part Two: There Is Hope
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
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.
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.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
Outfield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
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.
Bowling
Bowling in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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
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.
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
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.
In Cricket, Getting Stumped Means You're Gone
Stumped is the fifth most common way of getting out in cricket. Here's an explanation, and some classic examples.
Pitch
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
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.
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.
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).
Photo Gallery: Australia's Cricket Stadiums
A photo gallery with information about every ICC Cricket World Cup venue in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cricket Glossary: 'Best bowling'
In cricket, best bowling is the greatest number of wickets taken for the lowest number of runs conceded in a single innings. (Includes examples.)
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.
"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.
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 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 Helmet, A Cricket Gear Essential
A cricket helmet is a protective skull covering worn by cricket players to protect them from head injuries.
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.
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?
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.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
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.
Run
The run is the basic unit of scoring in cricket, and can be scored by a batter or team in a number of ways.
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.
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 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.
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.
Why Do Cricket Players Keep Yelling 'Howzat'?
'Howzat' is an exclamation yelled by cricket players on the fielding team when appealing for the umpire to give a batter out.
Tail
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
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 Quizzes To Test Beginners & Experts
A selection of the best cricket quizzes on Sporcle, suitable for beginners and experts.
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.
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.
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.
Wicket (dismissal)
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
Manuka Oval
Manuka Oval in Canberra is the newest and smallest venue among Australian cricket stadiums, and has a family friendly character. Page 3.
Bumper -- Cricket Glossary
A bumper in cricket (aka bouncer) is a delivery bowled particularly short so it bounces up around the batter's head.
The Gabba
The Brisbane Cricket Ground, colloquially known as The Gabba, is the premier sporting venue in Queensland. Page 2.
'Catches Win Matches': Catching a Cricket Ball
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
The Best Things About Dating A Cricket Fan
Have you somehow wound up dating a cricket fan? Well, don't worry -- there are some good points to cricket, too.
All-rounder
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
Partnership -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, a partnership is a period of play in which two batters are batting together.
Wicket (pitch)
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
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.
Bowler
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
Century
A cricket century is a hundred runs by one player in a single innings.
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.
The WACA Ground
The WACA in Perth, famous for being a fast bowler's paradise, looks likely to be replaced by a new stadium in 2018. Page 6.
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