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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
The materials, dimensions, and major brands of cricket bats, for your quick reference.
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.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
Sir Donald Bradman In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable 'The Don'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
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.
Death overs
The death overs are the last five to ten overs of a team's innings in a limited over cricket match.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty20
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
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.
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.
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.
Sachin Tendulkar In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
Brian Lara In Quotes
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Ashes Alive!
Day three match summary and key links on the first Test of Ashes 2013/14.
Golden duck
A golden duck is the dismissal of a batter in a cricket match for zero runs off their first ball.
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.
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.
Little Master Cricket Review
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
A comparatively tame IPL 2014 Opening Ceremony
KP dancing in a lungi as Dhoni looks on with his wrists tied. Just another IPL gala.
Caught
'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.
India Crush Australia, For A Change
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia.
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?
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.
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.
The Shane Warne Bouncer
Slow bowlers don't usually bowl bouncers, but Shane Warne sometimes did. Includes video links.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
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.
A New Cricketing Dawn for New Zealand
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.
Toss
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first.
'Catches Win Matches': Catching a Cricket Ball
Catching is very important in cricket. Here are two common ways to catch a cricket ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Run rate
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs.
How to stop Glenn Maxwell
The immensely talented Australian is ripping the IPL apart, but he can be stopped.
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
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?
Angel in the IPL outfield
Australian Test player Steven Smith is performing divine fielding feats in the Indian Premier League.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
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.
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.
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.
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
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
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.
Opener
An opener in cricket is one of two batters who start, or 'open', a team's 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.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the average number of runs a bowler concedes per wicket taken.
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.
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'.
What Is The Top Order In Cricket?
An explanation of the top order in cricket and its role in a cricket team.
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.
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.
"It's in the bag," says AB
AB de Villiers' straight six into a rubbish bin heralded the start of an irresistible IPL 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.
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.
Super Over
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)
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.
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.
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.
Bowling
Bowling in cricket is the act of propelling the ball towards the batter, with the main aim of getting them out.
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.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
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.
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?
Bowler
In cricket, a bowler is a player who is skilled at bowling and whose main objective is to take wickets.
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.
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.
Pair
A pair in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for a duck (zero runs) in both innings of a match.
Pitch
In cricket, the pitch is the 22-yard flat, rolled strip of grass or artificial turf in the centre of the field.
The Art of Spin Bowling in 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.
All-rounder
A cricket all-rounder is a player who bats and bowls well.
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.
Tail
The tail of a cricket batting order is the last three or four players listed, usually the weakest batters in the team.
What Is The 'Middle Order' In Cricket?
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.
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.
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.
Yorker
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes.
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.
Not out
A not out batter in a cricket innings has started batting but has not yet been dismissed or retired.
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
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.
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.
Umpire
A cricket umpire is an impartial authority responsible for making judgements on the field in accordance with the Laws of Cricket.
Honours Even in Women's Ashes
The only Test of the 2013 Women's Ashes between England and Australia ended in a draw after some epic performances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 'Free Hit' in Cricket: a Gut Punch to Every...
A free hit in cricket is a kind of wild card for batters to hit out without fear of being caught or bowled out.
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).
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.
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.
Infield -- Cricket Glossary
A definition of the word 'infield' as it is used in cricket.
Innings
An innings in cricket is one completed turn at bat, either for a team or for a player.
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.
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.
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.
India Win Champions Trophy 2013
India have beaten England in the Champions Trophy, with Ishant Sharma standing tall for a change.
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.
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