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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
Brian Lara In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cricket Bat Basics
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sir Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
The worst innings ever
Wirral Cricket Club entered the gutter of cricket's worst team innings as they were bowled out for just three runs.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
Cricket life, "gangsta life"
Chris Gayle's Instagram feed shows the cricket life can also be the high life.
'Ask the umpires what they think' - Taufel
Cricket umpiring legend Simon Taufel thinks players can learn a lot from umpires -- especially if they ask.
Ashes Over?
England have an enormous task ahead of them if they are to draw or win the Ashes from 0-2 down.
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.
Kings XI keep on winning
Kings XI Punjab are playing like the complete Twenty20 team, and George Bailey deserves the credit.
Test Cricket: Back to Reality
The Sachin farewell Tests were a sideshow, but now we have some real Test cricket: the Ashes.
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.
"It's in the bag," says AB
AB de Villiers' straight six into a rubbish bin heralded the start of an irresistible IPL innings.
The Shane Warne Bouncer
Slow bowlers don't usually bowl bouncers, but Shane Warne sometimes did. Includes video links.
A comparatively tame IPL 2014 Opening Ceremony
KP dancing in a lungi as Dhoni looks on with his wrists tied. Just another IPL gala.
'Catches Win Matches': Catching a Cricket Ball
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
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.
How to stop Glenn Maxwell
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
All the madness of the IPL in one over
Corey Anderson bowled an over that featured 18 runs, 2 wickets, 2 wides, and 2 sixes. Where else but the IPL?
The End of the About.com Cricket Blog
The End of the About.com Cricket Blog
Pakistan cricketer flees own wedding
When the police showed up, Umar Akmal got out of there.
In cricket, things fall apart quickly
How can you explain the loss of six wickets for two runs, including a hat-trick?
The perfect cadence of Warne and McGrath
In 'On Warne', Gideon Haigh explains why Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were so important to one another.
Angel in the IPL outfield
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
Ashes Alive!
Day three match summary and key links on the first Test of Ashes 2013/14.
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.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score 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.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
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.
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.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
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.
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.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
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.
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.
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.)
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
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.
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.
Super Over
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
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.
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.
All-rounder
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
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.
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.
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?
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
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.
Fixing in Cricket, Part Two: There Is Hope
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
Outfield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
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.
List A Cricket -- 'An Explanation' (feat....
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
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.
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.
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.
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
A 35km victory parade for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's cricketers were welcomed home from the World T20 with an epic open-top bus parade.
Sri Lanka Win 2014 World Twenty20
Sri Lanka beat India to win the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, its first world cricket title since 1996.
What 'Retired Hurt' Means In Cricket
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
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.
Short of Internationals, First-Class Cricket Is...
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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.
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.
Pitch
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
Getting to Cricket World Cup 2015
Details about the single-visa scheme for Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, with information about buying tickets.
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.
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).
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.
Bowling
Bowling in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
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.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
Not out
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
Donald Bradman's Legacy
Links and excerpts about Sir Donald Bradman on the occasion of his 105th birth anniversary.
Wicket (pitch)
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
Bowler
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
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