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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.
How to Watch Cricket World Cup 2015 Online
A look at where to live stream the ICC Cricket World Cup online, country by country.
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.
How to Watch IPL 2015 Cricket Online
A rundown of where to watch IPL 2015 online depending on your location in the world.
10 Cricket Records That May Never Be Broken
Cricket is a game piled high with records and statistics. These ten, from Bradman to Gayle, ought to be unbeatable and stand the test of time.
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.
India Crush Australia, For A Change
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin were the stars in India's first Test win over Australia in 2013, a series in which India thrashed the visitors.
Watch ESPN Legends of Cricket, Free and Online
A full list of links to every video in the ESPN Legends of Cricket series, available free online, including Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.
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.
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.
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.
Screamer
A screamer in a cricket match is a memorably great catch.
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.
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 You Need To Know About Cricket Bats
How big is a cricket bat? What is it made of? Who makes them? All these questions are in this quick reference guide to cricket bats.
How ICC Player Rankings Are Calculated
Confused about International Cricket Council player rankings? Here's a rundown of how the system works, including the way they are calculated.
The Six: Cricket's Home Run
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dimensions and Markings of Cricket Fields
A quick reference on cricket fields: their dimensions, what markings are required, and the types of ground cricket can be played on.
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.
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.
Wisden's Greatest All-Time Test Cricket Eleven
Wisden Cricket Almanack's All-Time Test Cricket World XI includes such legends as Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shane Warne.
New Fielding Restrictions in ODIs for 2015
From 5 July 2015, new fielding restrictions tip ODI cricket away from batters and back towards the fielding team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Average (batting)
The batting average in cricket is the average number of runs a batter scores per innings.
What is a Diamond Duck in Cricket?
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.
Strike rate (batting)
In cricket, a batter's strike rate is the speed at which they score runs.
What Run Rate Means In Cricket, And How To...
Run rate in cricket is the speed at which a team scores its runs. Here's how you calculate it, with some examples of crazy run rates in cricket.
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.
Here's What You Need To Play Cricket (Tip: Keep...
If all you want to do is play cricket, there are really only two things you need. Don't let the complexities of a full match put you off.
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.
What Are The Death Overs In Cricket?
The death overs are the crunch time in a limited overs cricket match. Learn more at About.com Cricket, including examples.
Sachin Tendulkar: What He Said, and What They...
A collection of quotes by and about the biggest run-scoring phenomenon of international cricket history.
Checklist: What You Need For A Cricket Match
This checklist offers all the equipment needed for a serious cricket match in one place, with detailed explanations of each item.
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 To Calculate Net Run Rate in Cricket
Net run rate (NRR) is used in cricket to rank a team's performance in a league or cup competition. Here's how you calculate it.
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.
Short of Internationals, First-Class Cricket Is...
A definition of first-class cricket, with notes and examples to explain it in more detail.
A Collection of Quotes By and About Sir Donald...
A collection of quotes by and about Test cricket's most revered player, Australia's incomparable Sir Donald Bradman (The Don).
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.
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.
A Definition of 'Economy Rate' in Cricket, and...
A cricket bowler's economy rate is a measure of how many runs they concede per over. Our cricket glossary entry includes examples to aid understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Twenty20, The Razzle-Dazzle Short-Form Version...
Twenty20 is a short form of cricket in which each team bats for 20 overs.
Bangladesh Cricket: Finding Their Feet
Bangladesh is still a young member of international cricket's elite group. But with a new generation of talented players, it has plenty of potential.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Lara: Quotes By and About a Cricket Legend
A collection of quotes by and about the outstanding West Indies cricket batsman Brian Lara.
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.
Wasim Akram in Quotes
A selection of quotes by and about Wasim Akram, the greatest left-arm swing bowler in cricket history.
How to Calculate Bowling Average In Cricket
The bowling average in cricket is the number one statistic by which a cricket player's bowling ability is judged.
What Does It Mean When Cricket Players Wear...
If you're confused about what sort of cricket is played in whites and what is played in colours, here's what you need to know.
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.
The Latest ICC Player Rankings
A full list of the latest ICC player rankings for men's and women's international cricket, including Test, ODI, and Twenty20 rankings.
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.
From Miandad to Merv: Eight Great Cricket...
These eight men left their mark on the game of cricket, both by their achievements and by their glorious moustaches.
Leg side
The leg side (or on side) in cricket is the half of the field behind the batter.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Yorker: A Toe-Crushing Cricket Weapon
A yorker is a bowling delivery in cricket that pitches at the batter's toes, often in line with the stumps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Helmet, A Cricket Gear Essential
A cricket helmet is a protective skull covering worn by cricket players to protect them from head injuries.
Cricket World Cup 2015 Could See The First 500...
If these four conditions are right, the 2015 World Cup in Australia & NZ could see the first team total of 500 in one day cricket history.
"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.
'Batter' or 'Batsman': Which is Better in...
Why I prefer to use the term 'batter' instead of 'batsman' in cricket writing.
Why You Should Play Close to Your Body in Cricket
Defending close to your body in cricket allows you maximum control. We explain why and give hints for defending short and full deliveries.
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.
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.
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.
A Profile of Sir Donald Bradman, Cricket's 'Don'
Donald Bradman (aka 'The Don') is the best cricket player to have played the game. Read more about this cricket legend in a detailed player profile.
How to Watch Masters Cricket League 2016 Online...
The 2016 Masters Champions League cricket tournament is free to watch online in most international territories.
“Play In The V,” They Say....
When you're batting in cricket, playing 'in the V' or 'with a straight bat' is a simple but effective way of minimising the risks of getting out.
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?
Off side
The off side in cricket is the half of the field in front of the batter.
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.
Strike rate (bowling)
A bowler's strike rate in cricket is the average number of balls they bowl per wicket.
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.
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.
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.
Bowling Maiden Overs, Not Bowling Maidens Over
A maiden in cricket is an over from which no runs are conceded by the bowler.
The Toss in Cricket: What It Is, And How It Can...
In cricket, the toss is the flipping of a coin to decide which team will bat first. The toss can be crucial in deciding the outcome of a match.
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.
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.
What Are Fielding Restrictions In Cricket?
In cricket, fielding restrictions are a set of conditions placed on the fielding team at various times during a limited overs innings.
ICC #CWC15: Australia Seize the Day, NZ Stumble...
A full report of Australia's near-perfect victory in the final of Cricket World Cup 2015 against New Zealand, who had won so many fans in the lead-up.
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.
Why Mankading Is So Controversial In Cricket
Mankading, or running out a backing up batter, is one of cricket's most controversial acts. But it's completely legal. What's the problem?
Will New Fielding Restrictions Halt the Rise of...
As one day cricket changes its stripes again, will it enter a new era of low scores and gritty contests? Or will the run-fests continue?
A Definition of 'Test Match' in 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.
Match fee -- Cricket Glossary
A cricketer's match fee is the amount of money they are paid to take part in a cricket match.
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.
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'.
Quotes About Sydney Barnes: A Great Cricketer,...
A selection of quotes by and about Sydney Barnes, an often debated figure but undoubtedly one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history.
Cricket Quizzes To Test Beginners And Experts
A selection of the best cricket quizzes on Sporcle, suitable for beginners and experts.
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.
Cricket's First Day/Night Test Is Coming In...
The rundown on the first day/night cricket Test match in November-December 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.
A Brief Explanation of Match Fixing in Cricket
Match fixing is arranging the result of a cricket match in advance, and has a notorious reputation within the game.
The 50 Greatest Test Performances 1965-2015
The Cricket Monthly's 50 greatest Test cricket performances from 1965-2015 is not a perfect list, but it isn't meant to be. And it gets you thinking.
Little Master Cricket, An Addictive Ragdoll...
Little Master Cricket is a small, fun, and very addictive arcade cricket game for PC, Mac and iOS.
Duck
A duck in cricket is the dismissal of a batter for zero runs.
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.
What Makes A Great Cricket Player?
What is it that makes Kumar Sangakkara a great cricket player? Here we take a look at some of the qualities that make certain cricketers great.
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 Brainlessness (Or Not) of Twenty20 Cricket
After MS Dhoni's remarks that he uses his brain too much in Twenty20, should we believe that the shortest form of cricket is really that brainless?
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.
"Tell Us Your Secrets" -- Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia's new approach to tackling corruption features an amnesty period and an independent hotline.
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.
Playing Cricket Improves Your Cricket Writing
Gideon Haigh's advice to aspiring cricket writers is to play as much cricket as you can. A sunny afternoon test of his words proved them right.
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.
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.
How to Play the Forward Defensive Stroke in...
The forward defensive stroke is the foundation of every cricket player's batting game. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to play it.
Groin protector
A groin protector is a piece of protective gear for cricket players that is worn to protect the genitals.
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.
What It Means to Retire In A Cricket Match
An explanation of what it means to 'retire hurt' or 'retire out' in cricket, including Graeme Smith's famous example.
Mankad -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, a non-striking batter who is run out while backing up too far is said to have been 'Mankaded'.
Leg stump -- Cricket Glossary
In cricket, the leg stump is one of three stumps that make up a wicket. It is the stump that stands on the leg side; i.e. on the side away from which the batter is facing.
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.
Cricket Jaffas Aren't For Eating, But They Are...
An explanation of what 'jaffa' means in cricket, with notes and video examples.
Appeal
An appeal in cricket is the bowling and fielding team's act of asking the umpire to give a batter out.
If You Want to Give a Cricket Batter a Gift,...
A full toss in cricket is a delivery from a bowler that reaches the batter without bouncing on the pitch. It is usually bowled by accident.
Ten Famous Moments in Boxing Day Test History
When something interesting happens in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, people talk about it for years. Here are ten classic moments.
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?
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 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.
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.
Dibbly-dobbly -- Cricket Glossary
Dibbly-dobbly is a name for slow bowling in cricket that is not particularly threatening to the batter. Includes notes and examples.
Was the First Day/Night Cricket Test a Success?
We look at five pointers as to whether the first day/night cricket Test, between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide in 2015, was successful.
The Importance of Batting in Partnership in...
Batting in partnership in cricket means working together with a partner through your innings. Here's why it's important, and how you can do it well.
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 Bowl an Outswinger in Cricket
Bowling an outswinger in cricket is complicated at first, but if you practice with these steps, you can add this dangerous delivery to your arsenal.

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