For cricket newbies, the sport involves two teams
of eleven who play with willow bats, leather balls and wickets.
Although the rules are different, cricket has some similarities
to American baseball.
two teams bat in successive innings and attempt to score runs.
One team takes the field whilst the other team bats. Batters come
up two at a time and stand at opposite ends of the cricket field.
One batsman is the striker and one the non-striker. Both may score
runs, but only the striker gets to bat the ball.
team on the field must stop the batsmen from scoring runs. On
this team, there is a wicket-keeper and a bowler. The bowler delivers
the ball to the striker. Each member of the team on the field
takes a turn at being bowler until ten of the batsmen are out.
At that point the teams switch and the team that was on the field
gets a turn to score runs.
course, it's a bit more complex than that, but those are the cricket
basics. Skill in batting, bowling, and fielding takes concentration
and practice. Advanced techniques can make the ball more difficult
to strike or to field.
Whether you are a beginner, an expert player or
you just love the sound of leather on willow, check out more about
the game in news updates, live scores, fan forums, pictures and
video clips at top sites that have just what you're looking for...
More about cricket around the Web:
Cricket Council - The ICC is the official home of cricket
online. Check out live scores, updates and complete rules available for downloading.
- You name it, it's here - including video and audio reports,
live scores, news stories and updates, pictures, fixtures and
results, and player stats and profiles in a comprehensive, searchable
database of over 45000 players and officials.
Sports Academy - Cricket
- From the basic moves and equipment to more developed skills
in the master classes videos, the BBC will have you moving from
a tail-ender to an all rounder with links to local clubs plus
the latest cricket news from around the world...
365 - Cricket live coverage, photos, news and opinions
on this site with international coverage. If you have a gripe
or want to tell everyone why you love cricket, stop in at the
very active forum to chat with others who share your passion...
Explanation of Cricket - This archived page is one of
the best overall explanations of the game of cricket. It assumes
that you know nothing and gives a very easy to understand background
on how cricket is played and how a batsman gets out. If you are
not at all familiar with cricket...start here to make sense of
the action on the field...
- the Home of Cricket - Lords is part of the Marylebone
Cricket Club and the site is distinctly British. If you're looking
for a good history of the Ashes or news on local teams and matches
in England, this is the place...
World - Good coverage of international cricket with news,
in-depth articles, and an active forum. Links to club and school news, postcards plus a fun and games section
that has a few activities to keep you busy when there are no matches