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.
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 full list, with examples, of the cricket dismissals that make up the ten ways of getting out.
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.
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.
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.
An overview of the ICC ranking system, including the basic points of cricket ranking calculation and the quirks of the system.
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.
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.
You're watching your first game of cricket and have no idea what's going on. Here's what you need to know.
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 duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
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.
A set of step-by-step instructions on how to form a long barrier, the best way of stopping a rolling cricket ball.
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.
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
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 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.
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
In this quick reference on the cricket ball, you'll learn about its materials, required dimensions, and the important rules regarding its use.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is back for 2013 with 76 matches in eight weeks.
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
In cricket, nets are a set of practice pitches surrounded by netting to prevent balls from being hit far from the batter.
Day three match summary and key links on the first Test of Ashes 2013/14.
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
AB de Villiers' straight six into a rubbish bin heralded the start of an irresistible IPL innings.
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 list of ten of the greatest spin bowlers in Test cricket history, each of whom reached glory in his own unique way.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with an orthodox cup, the most basic method of catching a cricket ball.
The debate over whether cricket could benefit from Olympic participation evolves as the game changes. Here are a few arguments in favour.
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.
The USACA Facebook admin, presumably Secretary Kenwyn Williams, has provided the cricket world with a lengthy lesson on how not to use social media.
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
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 return to jaw-dropping form for a legendary all-rounder, a triumphant reminder of a young batsman's long-established talent, and more.
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
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.
Some argue that modern cricket would benefit from Olympic participation, but that remains unlikely. Here's why.
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.
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
Most amateur cricket players will never know what it's like to face genuinely fast bowling, but these professionals offer some insight.
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 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.
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.
A set of step-by-step instructions on catching with a reverse cup, the best method for catching a cricket ball above chest height.
After a number of high profile incidents, spot fixing and match fixing have become a disease that plagues cricket, spreading doubt and cynicism.
Corey Anderson bowled an over that featured 18 runs, 2 wickets, 2 wides, and 2 sixes. Where else but the IPL?
Slow bowlers don't usually bowl bouncers, but Shane Warne sometimes did. Includes video links.
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
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.
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.
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
KP dancing in a lungi as Dhoni looks on with his wrists tied. Just another IPL gala.
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 rundown of what constitutes a no ball -- an illegal delivery for which the fielding team is penalised -- in cricket, with reasons and examples.
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.
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.
In cricket, spin bowling is a bowling technique that relies primarily on varying degrees of sideways movement off the pitch, rather than high speed.
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.
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.
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
A collection of quotes by and about legendary Australian cricket player Shane Warne, who is considered the best leg spinner of all time.
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
Mahela Jayawardene's Test record is stunning, but it's the one-day cricket arena where he first caught my attention.
Any conversation about corruption in cricket will touch on match fixing and spot fixing. It's important to understand the difference between the two.
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.
You can usually make a pretty good guess at who will win the Cricket World Cup before the tournament
A super over is a one-over-per-side contest to decide the winner of a tie in a Twenty20 cricket match.
A definition of the word 'outfield' as it is used in cricket.
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.
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.
In cricket, best bowling is the greatest number of wickets taken for the lowest number of runs conceded in a single innings. (Includes examples.)
Seven Sri Lankan cricketers -- mostly unknowns -- stand head and shoulders above all other one-day bowlers of their generation. Why?
In salvaging a draw with India and winning the Test series, the New Zealand cricket team now has a reference point for resilience and pride.
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
Bowling in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
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.
Despite the acknowledged existence of spot fixing in cricket, match fixing of results remains improbable.
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.
'Caught', one of the ten ways of getting out in cricket, is when a batter's shot is caught cleanly by a fielder before it touches the ground.
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
A definition of the term 'cow corner' as it is used to describe an area on a cricket field, with a video example.
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.
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.
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.
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
A complete set of links to each episode of BBC's cricket history series featuring England, West Indies, Australia, and England.
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, sledging is the practice of verbally targeting an opposition player with the intent to put them off their game and gain an advantage.
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's innings.
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.
A collection of quotes by and about former England opener Sir Jack Hobbs, the top run-scorer in cricket history.
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
Stumped is the fifth most common way of getting out in cricket. Here's an explanation, and some classic examples.
The 2012 ICC Women's World Cup (wwc13) format involves eight teams competing across two group stages and a playoff stage.
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.
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.
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
India have beaten England in the Champions Trophy, with Ishant Sharma standing tall for a change.
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.
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.
Chris Gayle's Instagram feed shows the cricket life can also be the high life.
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.
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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.
A definition of List A cricket and a look into its history, which features legendary umpire Dickie Bird in an unfamiliar role.
A full explanation of cricket's DRS, including examples and a run-down of the technologies used to uphold or overturn on-field decisions.
Thanks to the ICC and batsman Ed Cowan, we can now get a sense of how it feels to face Mitchell Johnson.
How can you explain the loss of six wickets for two runs, including a hat-trick?
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
A five-for in cricket, also known as a five-wicket bag, is five wickets taken by one bowler in a single innings.
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.
A free hit in cricket is a kind of wild card for batters to hit out without fear of being caught or bowled out.
The Women's Cricket World Cup 2013 has no semi-final stage, making fairytales less likely.
In cricket, fast bowling is a bowling technique that relies primarily on delivering the ball at high speed.
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
A description of what a bail is in cricket, how it is used, and what dimensions it should have.
The only Test of the 2013 Women's Ashes between England and Australia ended in a draw after some epic performances.
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
A dot ball in cricket is a delivery from which no runs are scored, and a very important aspect of bowling.
The cricket pitch, or the 22-yard area in which the ball is bowled, can also be referred to as the wicket.
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
Sri Lanka beat India to win the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, its first world cricket title since 1996.
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
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'.
An explanation of what day/night cricket is, the advantages it offers and disadvantages it produces, and its history.
The half-century is an important milestone for batters in cricket and is noted in their career records.
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).
A bouncer in cricket is a short-pitched delivery that bounces up and passes the batter at or above chest or head height.
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
The first definition of 'wicket' in cricket is the dismissal of a batter, who is said to have 'lost their wicket'.
A pair in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for a duck (zero runs) in both innings of a match.
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.