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Kevin Pietersen - No.1 ODI Ranked

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    Mr. Pietersen has reached the world number 1 ranking for one day international cricket. His professionalism to the game and his non defeatist attitude are superb.

    IMO, he is by FAR the best thing to happen to English cricket for a very long time.
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    When you're in the dog doo, you can count on the South Africans.

    KP in the cricket, and Mike Catt in the rugby.
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    COME ON IRELAND! (ps i hate cricket)
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    [Mar 27, 2007]
    I really dis-like cricket aswell but thats because i dont know the rules. Can anyone explain the rules of cricket and what Overs and that caper is?
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    and 'Maidens' while we're at it please.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]There have been a number of references to cricket being "a bit like baseball". Yeah, right. Cricket is nothing like baseball. It's a serious sport. (lol) No mascots running around or driving ATV's, no "entertainment". We go for the beer, I mean the sport.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]So, here's a quick description of what it takes, then one that's a little longer.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Cricket is a game played by 2 teams - one team is "in" and the other team which is not in, goes out and tries to get the team that's in, out. Each team has 11 players and 2 players from the side which is in are in at the same time. Once 10 of the 11 players on the side who are in are out, the team that's out go in, and the team that's in come out and try to get the team that was out who are now in, out. Each time a player who is in is out, this is refered to as a "Wicket". Whichever team is in tries to score runs while the team which is out tries to stop them scoring runs at the same time as trying to get them out. Just to confuse ya'll, both teams play in the same color - white. Whichever team scores the most runs wins the match, but if the winning team is the second team to go in then they do not win by the exceeded number of runs, but by the number of wickets in hand. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]OK, now for the long description:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In a cricket match, there are two sides with eleven players
    each. There are two main varieties of cricket, regular
    cricket and "one-day" cricket. One day cricket is a recent
    invention and I'll talk about it separately later.

    The length of a cricket match can be whatever. Generally,
    the more important the match, the longer. The longest
    matches are the international ones, where one country pits
    11 players against another country. These matches are
    called "tests" and last five days. They usually play eight
    to ten hours a day, so it's quite a long game. Scoring is
    in "runs" like baseball but at a much higher rate. In a
    test match it's quite common for each side to score over
    five hundred (!) runs.

    In a cricket match each side (teams are called "sides") is
    up twice. The first team bats, the second team bats, the
    first team bats, the second team bats, and whaddaya know,
    it's five days later. Whoever scores the most runs wins, of
    course. What baseball calls a "half-inning," cricket calls
    "innings." So the first team has its "first innings," then
    the second team (whoops! side) has its "first innings", the
    each side has its "second innings."

    This is what happens when a side has its innings: they send
    up their first *two* in their batting order. In cricket,
    two "batsmen" are up at a time, not one. They bat and bat
    and bat and bat until one of them is out. Then he sits
    down, and the third man in the order replaces him. Then
    those two bat and bat and bat until one of them is out.
    Then that person is replaced by the fourth person in the
    order, and so on. This goes on until ten of the eleven are
    out. Then the innings are over, because the last person
    cannot bat alone, you need two to bat in cricket. After ten
    people are out, the other team has their innings.

    Cricket in played with the batsmen in the middle of an oval
    shaped field (the "cricket ground"). There is no foul ter-
    ritory in cricket. You can hit the ball in any direction,
    including directly behind you. Cricket bats have a flat
    edge (well, it's slightly rounded) so that the batsman can
    direct the ball in a preferred direction. Batting in
    cricket is way more involved than in baseball. There are
    several different "strokes" (not "swings"), and batsmen are
    often known for being good at particular ones rather than
    others. Cricket is the game that gave us the saying "dif-
    ferent strokes for different blokes" (true!).

    So how do two guys bat? OK. In cricket, there are no
    bases. Each batsman is standing at either end of a rec-
    tangular area in the middle of the cricket ground, kind of
    long and thin like a bowling alley (not *that* long and
    thin). Here's where the real cricketers will get me: I
    think the central area, which is called the "pitch", is
    about 66 ft. long and 10 ft. wide.

    Batting is like this: one batsman receives the ball (I'll
    say how very shortly) and hits the ball in any direction to
    the outer part of the cricket ground. While the fieldsmen
    are chasing the ball and trying to throw it back to the
    center, the two batsmen *change places*. This scores one
    run. If they have time, they change places again. That
    scores another run. If they have time, they change places
    again, etc.

    --------------------------
    | |
    B1| |B2
    | |
    --------------------------

    In the above diagram, the rectangle is the pitch and B1 and
    B2 are the batsmen. Say B2 hits the ball. While it's away
    from the center, B1 and B2 run and change places as many
    times as possible. Each time they do, they score one run.

    The outer edge of the cricket ground is marked with a rope.
    This is called the "boundary." If a hit ball touches or
    goes over this rope to the outside, it scores four runs
    automatically without the batsmen having to run at all. If
    a batsman hits a fly ball that lands outside the rope, that
    scores six runs automatically. These are known as "fours"
    and "sixes" and also "boundaries." Incidentally, if the ball
    is hit just far enough for the batsmen to change places
    once, scoring one run, this is called a "single."

    In cricket, the pitchers are called "bowlers." Here are the
    main differences from baseball:

    Bowlers cannot *throw* the ball. They must bowl it. The
    crucial difference is: when you throw a ball, at the end of
    the motion you are straightening your elbow. When you bowl,
    your elbow is straight almost the whole time (except at the
    very beginning) so you're making this wide circular arc with
    your arm.

    You can bowl overarm or underarm, but 99.99% of the time the
    ball is bowled overarm.

    When you bowl the ball toward the batsman, it's OK for the
    ball to bounce off the ground before it reaches him. In
    fact, 99.9% of the time, this is exactly what happens.

    In cricket, unlike baseball, the bowler can take a running
    start. In fact, the "fast bowlers," as they're called, are
    running at a flat-out sprint when they release the ball.
    Where are they? They are on the opposite side of the pitch
    from the batsman who is going to bat. How do you decide
    which side of the pitch? I'll explain that shortly.

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    B1| |
    BL| |B2 WK
    | |
    --------------------------

    Here's the same picture from before, with the bowler "BL"
    drawn in. The batsman who's not batting is standing off to
    the side, which is what really happens. The bowler has to
    release the ball before he crosses the line. Remember the
    bowler is not just standing there, he has run in from 'way
    outside your CRT :) I've just drawn him in where he approxi-
    mately is when he releases the ball. That guy "WK" behind
    the batsman is the wicketkeeper, the cricket version of the
    catcher. The wicket (more on what that is later) is
    directly behind the batsman, directly in front of the wick-
    etkeeper, and actually there's one on each side.

    So, we can see now what the team that's "out in the field"
    is doing. One guy's bowling, one's the wicketkeeper, the
    other nine are standing at strategic spots all the way
    around the cricket ground.

    Wow! I *think* I'm now ready to explain how the game is
    played! Wasn't it worth the wait? Here goes:

    In cricket, there are no balls and strikes. Instead of try-
    ing to "strike out" the batsman, the bowler is trying to
    "take his wicket." Instead of a strike zone, there is a
    wooden thing called a "wicket" directly behind the batsman.
    It has three vertical pieces and two horizontal ones and
    looks like this:

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    | | |
    | | |
    | | |
    | | |
    | | |
    | | |

    The vertical pieces are called "stumps" and the crosspieces
    "bails." The whole thing is about two feet tall and maybe
    nine or ten inches wide. When you hit the wicket with the
    ball one or both of the crosspieces will fall off. This is
    central to getting a batsman out.

    Pay attention, this is the crux of the matter here: the
    bowler bowls the ball to the batsman in such a way as to try
    to knock the wicket over. The batsman isn't just trying to
    score runs, he's "defending his wicket."

    Listen carefully, this is almost always the point that
    drives baseball players crazy: when the batsmen hit the
    ball in cricket, they DO NOT HAVE TO RUN!!! If the batsman
    hits the ball and it only goes ten feet, and there is no
    chance for him and his "partner" to change places, they
    don't. They just stand there. At first, that sounds like
    the weirdest thing, but you have to look at it in the con-
    text of protecting your wicket. If the bowler bowls the
    ball really really well, it may be all the batsman can do
    but protect the wicket. Remember, in cricket you keep bat-
    ting until you're out ("your wicket is taken") so this is
    vitally important!

    Remember when I said in cricket the batsmen have lots of
    different strokes? Well, they're classified as "defensive
    strokes" and "offensive strokes." The defensive strokes are
    not designed to score any runs, but rather to dribble the
    ball away a few feet, protecting the wicket.

    Now I have to explain about "overs." Before I said I'd get
    around to telling you how they know which side to throw
    from. This is it. A cricket innings is divided into
    "overs." In one over, a bowler delivers six balls from the
    same side of the cricket pitch. When this is done, a dif-
    ferent bowler delivers six balls from the other side.
    That's the next over. Then a different bowler from *that*
    one (might be the first bowler, but doesn't have to be)
    bowls the next over from the first side again.

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    | |
    B1| |B2
    BL1 | | BL2

    --------------------------

    Are we clear? In over #1, bowler 1 (BL1) bowls from left to
    right six times. Then, in over #2, BL2 bowls from right to
    left six balls. Then, in over #3, BL1 (or somebody else)
    bowls from left to right six balls. Who bowls is a strategy
    thing. The only catch is, one bowler can't bowl one over,
    then run over to the other side and bowl the next over.
    Overs are also very important in cricket statistics (like
    baseball, cricket is statistics-laden). You see things like
    runs per over, etc. Also they're used to time things "you
    wouldn't believe what happened in the 37th over", you'll
    hear people say.

    Now if BL1 bowls the ball to batsman 2 (B2) and B2 gets an
    even number of runs (including 0) he will face the next ball
    also. But if B2 gets an odd number of runs, he and B1 will
    be on the opposite sides of the pitch from where they
    started, so on the next ball, BL1 would actually be bowling
    to B1. If B1 hit an odd number of runs, but it was the
    *last* ball of the over, he would again wind up facing the
    next ball, but on the other side of the pitch, and from the
    bowler BL2.

    There are several other ways a batsman can be made out
    besides having the wicket knocked over by the bowled ball.
    Here are some of the more common ones:

    If the batsman hits a fly ball and it is caught, he is out,
    just like in baseball.

    If the ball hits the batsman's leg and an umpire rules it
    would have hit the wicket if the leg hadn't been there, the
    batsman is out because he must "defend his wicket" only with
    his bat, not with his leg. This is called "lbw" which
    stands for "leg before wicket."

    The batsmen are only "safe" (the cricket term is "making
    your ground") when they are on the *outside* of the outer
    lines which demarcate the pitch (actually, the pitch has
    more lines than I've drawn, but it'll do for now). When
    either batsman is inside the lines, such as when they're
    running to exchange places, they can be made out by knocking
    over the wicket closest to them. There is no tagging in
    cricket.

    Also, when the batsman makes a stroke, his momentum may
    carry him inside the line. If he's missed the ball, but the
    ball hasn't hit the wicket, the wicketkeeper may have caught
    it. In this case, the wicketkeeper can get the batsman out
    by knocking over the wicket (the wicketkeeper is standing
    directly behind the wicket, which is directly behind the
    batsman) before the batsman can get back across the line.

    Here's some odds and ends: the wicketkeeper wears a leather
    glove on *each* hand. The fieldsmen do not wear any sort of
    glove. When the batsmen run in cricket, they take their
    bats with them. To "make their ground" (be in safe terri-
    tory) it is not necessary for them to physically cross the
    line, all they have to do is touch safe territory with the
    tip of their bat. In fact, when batsman score more than one
    run at a time in cricket, you'll see them run to the other
    side, stop before they get to the line, touch their bat just
    over the line, and then turn and run back.

    Review :)
    Cricket is played by two sides of 11.
    Each side is up twice.
    The first side is up, they send two guys to the field.
    The two batsmen stand at either end of the rectangular
    pitch.
    The bowler delivers the first ball of the first over.
    The batsman tries to hit the ball and/or defend his wicket.
    He hits the ball in any direction in an oval-shaped field
    with a relatively flat-bladed bat.
    If he hits the ball, he does not have to run.
    If he hits the ball a little, he and his partner change
    places.
    If he hits it far enough, he may get a "boundary."
    If he gets out (wicket knocked over, fly ball caught, etc.)
    he leaves the field and is replaced by the next guy in the
    batting order.
    But the two men keep batting until one of them is out.
    When ten men are out, the innings is over and the other team
    is up.
    When each team has been up twice, the game is over.
    If it's a test match, five days have elapsed.
    The team with the most runs wins.
    As in baseball, if the last team is having their last
    innings ("bottom of the ninth") and they surpass the other
    team's run count, the game ends immediately at that point.

    One new piece of terminology: two batsmen are up at a time
    in cricket. The one who is actually facing the next ball is
    called the "striker." He is also known as being "on
    strike."

    A piece of cricket strategy: recall that the striker is out
    "lbw" if the ball hits his leg, and the umpire rules it
    would have hit the wicket if the leg hadn't been there.
    Well, the bowler is well aware of this fact. A large part
    of the bowler's strategy is to try and spin the ball around
    the striker's bat and into the wicket. But you also need to
    know that a large part of the bowler's strategy is also to
    try and spin the ball around the striker's bat and into his
    leg! When a batsman is given out lbw you'll often hear that
    he was "trapped lbw". This is an acknowledgment of the fact
    that the bowler did it on purpose.

    Also the "on" side in cricket is also called the "leg" side.
    And yet another thing I forgot: how international teams are
    chosen. Each of the cricket-playing nations (I'll mention
    these in the next post) has a national board known as the
    "selectors" who choose who will represent that country in
    the next international match. Remember, there's no
    substitution in cricket except in certain cases of injuries.
    So the selectors decide who exactly will play. From what I
    have personally seen, I think the selectors take more
    collective **** than anyone else connected with cricket.
    You haven't heard anything until you hear a few cricket fans
    start talking about their nation's selectors.

    OK, new stuff:
    I already told you that the length of a cricket match
    varies. How it works is: the length of the match is agreed
    upon before the match starts. For example, in a test match,
    the agreed-upon time is five days. When the five days are
    up, the match is over. So, while there is no rigid "clock"
    as in American football, cricket matches do have an implicit
    time limit.

    If a cricket match is not completely finished when time runs
    out, the match is a draw, no matter how lopsided the score
    may be. This has strategic consequences. Supposing in a
    test match the first side has their first innings, and they
    are so good they bat and bat and bat and bat for five days,
    they've scored over a thousand runs and the other side
    hasn't batted yet. Guess what! The game's a draw! You
    didn't win!

    Well, cricket has a way around this, it's called
    "declaring." At any time the captain of the team that is
    batting may "declare" that their innings are over, even
    though maybe they are only in the middle of the batting
    order. The team immediately takes the field, and the other
    team has their innings.

    So, suppose you're the captain of the first side to bat in a
    test match. Your team bats and bats and bats for the first
    two days, and you've only had six wickets taken. You could
    keep batting until your other four wickets are taken, but
    you're worried that the game won't finish in five days. For
    the game to finish, of course, you have to take all ten
    wickets of the opposing side *twice*. So, you declare.
    This gets you immediately to work on the job of taking the
    other side's wickets.

    Other cricket matches, below the skill level of
    international cricket, are allocated less time than five
    days. This is because as the skill level goes down, the
    batsmen aren't as good and it's easier to get them out, so
    the whole thing takes less time.

    Oh, by the way...suppose during a cricket match it starts to
    rain and play stops waiting for the rain to stop. Supposing
    during a test match it rains for two days straight.
    Surprise! The time is NOT MADE UP! Only got three days to
    play a five- day match? Better hurry!

    Are we having fun yet? Time to move on to the exciting
    topic of "extras," also known as "sundries." In baseball,
    not every pitch goes perfectly. There are wild pitches,
    passed balls, balks, etc. Weird things happen in cricket
    too, and collectively they are called "extras." The main
    ones are "no balls", "wides", "byes", and "leg-byes."

    A "no ball" results when the bowler bowls the ball
    illegally. There are several possibilites here. For
    example, if the bowler throws the ball, rather than bowling
    it, that is a "no ball." A "wide" is another type of
    illegal ball, one that is bowled so far wide of the batsman
    that the umpire feels it is unreachable.

    The penalty is the same in either case. The batting team is
    awarded one run, and the illegal ball is *not counted* as
    part of the over. OK? An over is six balls. The bowler
    bowls three times. There's three left in the over. Then he
    bowls a wide or a no-ball. There's *still* three balls left
    in the over.

    Now in cricket statistics (which I'll have a section on
    later) the runs for each time are tallied next to the name
    of the batsman who scored them. But runs accrued by no-ball
    or wide are tallied in a separate column labelled "extras",
    the point being no batsman gets credit for having scored
    them.

    A "bye" in cricket is just like a passed ball in baseball.
    The bowler bowls the ball, it goes right past the striker,
    doesn't hit the wicket, and the wicketkeeper fails to stop
    the ball and it goes way out into the field. If the two
    batsmen think they can get away with it, they will start
    running and score runs. These runs are tallied as "extras"
    although they are not "penalty" runs as in wides and no-
    balls.

    A "leg-bye" is the same as a bye, except the ball bounces
    off the batsman's body somewhere. You remember from before,
    if the ball hits the batsman's leg and the umpire feels it
    would have hit the wicket, the batsman is out lbw. But if
    the umpire doesn't think it would have hit the wicket, and
    the ball bounces out into the field, the batsmen can run.
    However, this is not allowed if the umpire thinks the
    striker stuck his body purposely in the ball's way. It has
    to be an accident.

    One last point on extras: if the bowler delivers a wide or
    a no-ball and the ball goes out into the field, the batsmen
    can also run. If they do, the runs scored are counted as
    extras. But if they run, they are not awarded the one
    penalty run that they get if they just stand there.

    Oh, here's something I should have mentioned earlier but I
    forgot. When a batsman is out in cricket, he is not
    *automatically* out. Even if he hits an easy pop fly which
    is caught, even if his wicket is blown to smithereens by the
    ball, the batsman is not out *yet*. Someone on the fielding
    team has to ask an umpire "is this guy out?" and the umpire
    will then call the guy out. The umpire WILL NOT call a
    player out unless he is asked (the cricket term is
    "appealed") by the fielding team.

    The actual phrase used to appeal to the umpire is "how's
    that?" which is such a standard phrase you may as well write
    it "howzat?" Since *all* outs must be preceded by the call
    howzat, one thing you will sometimes see is a wicketkeeper
    rather obnoxiously calling "how's that" to the umpire after
    virtually every delivery of the ball in which anything
    remotely questionable happens.
    The signal the umpire makes to signal a batsman out is
    holding up one finger.

    ONE DAY CRICKET

    One day cricket has been around about twenty-five or thirty
    years, I have been told. Apparently, ticket sales were
    declining in international test matches. People only wanted
    to attend on the last day, they weren't happy sitting at the
    cricket ground eight to ten hours and going home having no
    idea who was going to win the match. So they came up a
    one-day version of cricket, which, while decried by the
    purists, is nonetheless today a very popular form of the
    game.

    There are two major rule changes in one-day cricket, and
    several minor ones. Major change #1: each side is only up
    once. Major change #2: each of the two innings of the
    match has a set maximum number of overs. It's as if in
    baseball your team was told the pitcher was only going to
    pitch a maximum of 15 balls to your team, regardless of
    whether you'd had three out or not. In fact, one-day
    cricket is also commonly known as "limited-overs" cricket.
    Typically in an international match each side is given fifty
    overs. Another rule change, each bowler can only bowl some
    set maximum number of overs (typically ten). To understand
    this, recall that in cricket there is no substitution. You
    have to decide before the match who you're going to put it.
    Without this rule, in a one-day match you would be tempted
    to send in two bowlers and nine hot bats. But if no one
    person can bowl more than ten overs in a fifty-over innings,
    your team must have at least five who can bowl. This
    restores some balance to the game.

    There are also restrictions on the way you can place your
    fieldsmen in a one-day match, but that's beyond the scope of
    this description.

    I'm still leaving out descriptions of bowling and the major
    types of strokes. Should I try and do anything with these?
    I mean, without pictures, I don't know how anyone can really
    visualize what's going on.


    OK, review from parts 1&2, this is a cricket ground:

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    The cricket ground is oval shaped with a rectangular area
    called the "pitch" in the middle. Here's a closer look at
    the pitch:
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    B2| |
    || |B1|WK
    L E R | |
    O W ---------------------------
    B

    The "BOWLER" is running in from the left to deliver the ball
    to the batsman "B1." Behind B1 is "|" the wicket he's
    defending. Behind that is "WK" the wicketkeeper. On the
    other side of the pitch is "B2", the other batsman who's up.
    Below B2 is "|" the other wicket.

    The bowler bowls six balls to the batsman, and that's called
    an "over." In my last post I mentioned a bowler can't bowl
    two overs in a row, but I neglected to mention that you also
    cannot change bowlers in the middle of an over.

    Let me explain about player substitutions: except in a few
    limited circumstances involving injury to a player, there
    are no substitutions in cricket. The same eleven players
    bat and field for the entire match. Bowlers act as
    fieldsmen when they are not actually bowling. When a bowler
    is not good with a bat, you put him at the bottom of your
    batting order and hope for the best. When a player is a
    good bowler and also a good batsman he is called an "all-
    rounder".

    Let me explain about the captain: cricket teams don't have
    a head coach or manager as in major American sports.
    Instead, one of the players is the "captain," also commonly
    called the "skipper," and he does the things that a manager
    would do such as setting the batting order, placing the
    fieldsmen, etc.

    Having looked over my previous post, I think it's now time
    to mention some of the major strategy points of cricket.
    Cricket strategy is very intricate, but there are one or two
    Very Big Considerations that should be brought out early.
    The first Really Big Thing is this notion "you bat 'til
    you're out." Let me make a baseball analogy. Suppose you're
    a baseball player and you're a very good hitter, like Barry
    Bonds. You're so good your team expects you to get two hits
    per game. Suppose you're up in the first inning and you
    strike out. Guess what! In baseball, that's OK! You'll
    have approximately four other chances in the game to get
    your hits. Cricket is *very* different.

    Suppose you're a cricket player ("cricketer") and you're a
    very good batsman. You're so good your side expects you to
    score about 80 runs every time you're up. Now suppose you
    go up to bat for your team, and on the very first ball, your
    wicket is knocked over. Guess what! You don't get another
    chance! You're out! You're finished! You're done! That's
    it! Your teammates will have to get those 80 runs for you,
    because you're not coming back! True, your team will have a
    second innings, but they're expecting you to score 80 runs
    in those innings too.

    The point is the cricket batsman's head is on a chopping
    block with every ball. The most obvious manifestation of
    this situation is that you will see many batsmen batting
    conservatively when they first start batting, and
    progressively get more aggresive as they score runs. And
    it's why there can be a lot of tension in the air of a
    cricket match even when not much seems to be happening to
    the casual eye.

    The situation between bowler and batsman has many variables
    not in baseball. Let me start with the bowler.

    The bowler takes a running start. He can run from any
    direction, at any speed. The fact that he's running as he
    releases the ball not only adds to the speed of the ball,
    but also he can twist his whole body into the delivery and
    put a really wicked spin on the ball. You know how in
    baseball, the ball is replaced every time it's hit, or
    there's any suspicion that it is not perfectly round? Well
    in cricket they use the same ball for a very long time. The
    old rule was you used the same ball for the entire match,
    but that has been relaxed somewhat. Still the ball is only
    replaced about once a day or every other day, and as it gets
    lumpier, it flies and bounces more and more irregularly.
    And don't forget the bowler bowls the ball overhanded and it
    bounces off the ground. The ground in a cricket pitch
    should be smooth but of course ground isn't perfect, and
    combined with the spin the bowler puts on the ball and the
    fact that it's lumpy, it's an intriguing proposition for a
    batsman.

    There's a lot of different ways to place the fieldsmen in a
    round field. I can't describe it explicitly without
    pictures, but suffice it to say that there are definite
    positions for fieldsmen in cricket, and when you place your
    players, it's based on who's batting, who's bowling, what
    types of balls you will bowl in this over, and based on all
    that, and weather conditions etc., which way you think the
    ball is likely to go when the batsman hits it.
    Now the batsman also has more choices than the baseball
    batter. As in baseball, the batsman wants to hit the ball
    where nobody is standing. But because there are many
    different cricket strokes, both offensive and defensive, the
    bat has a flat blade, and there is no foul territory,
    there's just a lot more that a batsman can do.
    Now, suppose two batsmen are up (it's called a
    "partnership") and one is a lot better than the other? You
    want the better batsman to face as many balls as possible.
    Who receives the next ball depends on what over is it and
    whether you have hit an odd or even number of runs lately.
    So, if you're the better batsman and you're receiving the
    ball, you want to hit an even number of runs. Notice that
    if you get a boundary that's either 4 or 6 runs, both even
    numbers. If you're the weaker batsman you'll try to hit a
    single (which we recall is one run) so as to get the better
    player to face the bowler. On the last ball of an over, a
    good player may purposely try and hit a single so that he
    will continue to face the ball when the next over starts.

    I'm honestly not sure if it's useful at this point to
    enumerate some of the more common types of balls and
    strokes. I think I'll leave them out for now. But you
    should know the difference between the on and off sides.

    OFF SIDE (right handed batsman)
    ---------------------------
    | |
    -----------|-------------------------|B1|WK--------
    | |
    ---------------------------
    ON SIDE (right handed batsman)

    Suppose the batsman B1 in the above picture is batting
    right- handed. The entire cricket ground is then divided by
    an imaginary line (the long dotted line in the middle of the
    drawing). The batsman's strong side is called the "on" side
    of the field. The other side is called the "off" side.
    These terms are used in naming field positions (mid-on vs.
    mid-off, for example) and in general commentary of what's
    going on in the match.


    Cricket terminology: you can win a cricket match by runs or
    by wickets. It happens like this. Suppose you are the
    second team to bat, and it's your second innings, therefore
    the last innings of the match. One of two things can
    happen: your run total surpasses that of the other team, in
    which case you win; or your tenth and last wicket is taken
    and you still have less runs than the other team, in which
    case you lose.

    Suppose team A has scored 550 runs in its two innings. Your
    team B is batting its second innings. Unfortunately, your
    last wicket is taken when you only have 530 runs. The
    expression is "team A won by 20 runs" which is worded the
    same as any baseball game (lot more runs, though).

    The other situation is different. Suppose you have 549 runs
    and your batsman hits a boundary 6 when you're only on your
    seventh wicket. The four runs added to your score give you
    555 runs, and the match ends immediately. You win. But it
    is not common to say "you won by 5 runs." Instead, the
    correct expression is "team B beat team A by *three
    wickets*." I spend all this time explaining this point
    because it's an important example of cricket thinking: you
    had three more wickets with which to keep batting and
    scoring runs, but you didn't need them.
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    Nice
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    Are they Iron Maidens??

    Get half way through the first sentence of those rules and god even more board than watching the equivelant time frame of Cricket on the telly. Yawn!!!

    Its a toffs sport same as Rugby although i have respect for anyone stupid enough to play Rugby! The sport of biscally bendy rules to say the least!!!
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    Jebus Spense!

    I'll stick with the short explanation if it means not reading through all that!
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    Rugby - Toffs??? You should've seen us on tour in Amsterdam this weekend mate. Common as muck we are.
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    Hahahahahahaha, he must be mortified, only scoring 3 runs and being caught by the "muppet" himself.

    Maybe he should learn to keep his big mouth shut.
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