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How to Watch IPL 2015 Cricket Online
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
How to Watch Cricket World Cup 2015 Online
A look at where to live stream the ICC Cricket World Cup online, country by country.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
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 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.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
What You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
Sir Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
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.
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.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
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.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
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.
Brian Lara In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
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.
Fixing in Cricket, Part Two: There Is Hope
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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'.
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
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.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
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.
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.
Not out
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
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.
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
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.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
Super Over
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
Match fee -- Cricket Glossary
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob Moody: one of cricket's unsung heroes
A middle-aged family man from Melbourne is among the most influential figures in world cricket -- at least, as far as fans are concerned.
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.
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.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
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.
XI -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, XI is used as shorthand for the number of players in a cricket team.
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.
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.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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.
Pitch
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
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.
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.
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
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.
Tail
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
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.
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.
Corker
A corker in cricket is a particularly outstanding delivery from a bowler.
Pinch hitter -- Cricket Glossary
A pinch hitter in cricket is a player sent out to bat earlier than usual with instructions to score quickly.
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.
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.
India Crush Australia, For A Change
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia.
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.
Outfield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allan Border Medal -- Cricket Glossary
The Allan Border Medal is an annual award presented by Cricket Australia to the outstanding Australian player of the previous 12 months.
Drop
A drop in cricket is a dropped catch -- that is, a failed attempt to catch a ball hit in the air.
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.
All-rounder
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
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.
Short of Internationals, First-Class Cricket Is...
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Wicket (dismissal)
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
Cricket Jaffas Aren't For Eating, But They Are...
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
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.
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.
Hutch -- Cricket Glossary
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Backing up (batting) -- Cricket Glossary
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'.
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.
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?

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