Cricket: Most Popular Articles
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 top five one-day international matches of all time had drama, tension and the very best in individual performances.
A full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
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.
Here are ten great fast bowlers from Test cricket history who combine pace, sideways movement, and accuracy to run riot against opposing batsmen.
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.
Cricket fights are usually the result of slow-burning tension rather than an outburst of adrenaline-fuelled aggression. Here are five classics.
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.
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 format involves a group stage and a knockout stage. Here's the full schedule of fixtures.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
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.
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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.
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is back for 2013 with 76 matches in eight weeks.
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
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
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.
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.
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.
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
Wirral Cricket Club entered the gutter of cricket's worst team innings as they were bowled out for just three runs.
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
The USACA Facebook admin, presumably Secretary Kenwyn Williams, has provided the cricket world with a lengthy lesson on how not to use social media.
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.
KP dancing in a lungi as Dhoni looks on with his wrists tied. Just another IPL gala.
A set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
Chris Gayle's Instagram feed shows the cricket life can also be the high life.
Kings XI Punjab are playing like the complete Twenty20 team, and George Bailey deserves the credit.
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
How can you explain the loss of six wickets for two runs, including a hat-trick?
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
Slow bowlers don't usually bowl bouncers, but Shane Warne sometimes did. Includes video links.
AB de Villiers' straight six into a rubbish bin heralded the start of an irresistible IPL innings.
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
When the police showed up, Umar Akmal got out of there.
Cricket umpiring legend Simon Taufel thinks players can learn a lot from umpires -- especially if they ask.
The End of the About.com Cricket Blog
Corey Anderson bowled an over that featured 18 runs, 2 wickets, 2 wides, and 2 sixes. Where else but the IPL?
In 'On Warne', Gideon Haigh explains why Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were so important to one another.
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.
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
A return to jaw-dropping form for a legendary all-rounder, a triumphant reminder of a young batsman's long-established talent, and more.
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
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.
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.
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
After a number of high profile incidents, spot fixing and match fixing have become a disease that plagues cricket, spreading doubt and cynicism.
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
A one day international (ODI) is a 50-over-per-side cricket match between two national teams, completed in a single day's play.
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 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.
Any conversation about corruption in cricket will touch on match fixing and spot fixing. It's important to understand the difference between the two.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
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.
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket 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.
Amid a tidal wave of words about Sachin Tendulkar's exit from international cricket, three articles stood out.
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
These ten batsmen left their mark on cricket's biggest stage by scoring more runs than anyone else in the tournament's history.
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.
A rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
In cricket, best bowling is the greatest number of wickets taken for the lowest number of runs conceded in a single innings. (Includes examples.)
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
Mahela Jayawardene's Test record is stunning, but it's the one-day cricket arena where he first caught my attention.
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.
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
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 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 look at high-profile cases of depression among top-level cricketers including Marcus Trescothick, Iain O'Brien, Michael Yardy, Scott Boswell, and Lou Vincent.
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 definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
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 collection of quotes by and about former England opener Sir Jack Hobbs, the top run-scorer in cricket history.
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
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.
Seven Sri Lankan cricketers -- mostly unknowns -- stand head and shoulders above all other one-day bowlers of their generation. Why?
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
A slog in cricket is a baseball-style swing of the bat that relies on strength and timing instead of good technique.
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
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'.
Thanks to the ICC and batsman Ed Cowan, we can now get a sense of how it feels to face Mitchell Johnson.
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.
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
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 Women's Cricket World Cup 2013 has no semi-final stage, making fairytales less likely.
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.
You can usually make a pretty good guess at who will win the Cricket World Cup before the tournament
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
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.
Stumped is the fifth most common way of getting out in cricket. Here's an explanation, and some classic examples.
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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.
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
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.
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
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.
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
The 2012 ICC Women's World Cup (wwc13) format involves eight teams competing across two group stages and a playoff stage.
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
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.
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 cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
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.
A definition of the word 'infield' as it is used in cricket.
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
A cricket hat-trick involves taking three consecutive wickets and is a rare achievement prized by all bowlers.
A royal duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off the first ball of the innings.
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
Details about the single-visa scheme for Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, with information about buying tickets.
A collapse in cricket occurs when several wickets fall in quick succession, severely damaging the team's innings.
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).
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 in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
The Sachin farewell Tests were a sideshow, but now we have some real Test cricket: the Ashes.
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.