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Cricket

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that is first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, cricket had developed to the point where it had become the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has 104 member countries. With its greatest popularity in the Test  playing countries, cricket is the world's second most popular sport after Association football.

The rules of the game are known as the Laws of Cricket. These are maintained by the ICC and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which holds the copyright. A cricket match is played on a cricket field at the centre of which is a pitch. The match is contested between two teams of eleven players each. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible without being dismissed ("out") while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the other team’s batsmen and limit the runs being scored. When the batting team has used all its available overs or has no remaining batsmen, the roles become reversed and it is now the fielding team’s turn to bat and try to outscore the opposition.

There are several variations in the length of a game of cricket. In professional cricket this ranges from a limit of 20 overs per side (Twenty20) to a game played over 5 days (Test cricket). Depending on the form of the match being played, there are different rules that govern how a game is won, lost, drawn or tied.

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Articles About Cricket

Cricket CLT20 2014: Kings XI Punjab Get The Better Of Hobart Hurricanes

By IBTimes AU

Punjab all-rounder Thisara Perera adjudged man of the match. (Sep 19)

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By IBTimes AU

Sania Mirza and Caroline Wozniacki took to twitter to discuss their love lives. (Sep 19)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, INDIA, RORY MCILROY

Cricket CLT20 2014: Kolkatta Stun Chennai In First Group Match

By IBTimes AU

Turning the match on its head, Ryan Ten Doeschate and Andre Russell shine in Kolkatta win. (Sep 19)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, INDIA

Australian Pacer Mitchell Johnson
Australian Cricketer Mitchell Johnson Suffering From A Rib Injury; Will Sit Out Of Champions League T20

By IBTimes AU

Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson, was suffering from rib pain since the one-day international series in Zimbabwe. (Sep 18)

MORE TOPICS: INDIA, AUSTRALIA, PAKISTAN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ZIMBABWE

Michael Clarke Misses Train For ODIs Against Pakistan, Phil Hughes Steps In

By IBTimes AU

Owing to a hamstring injury, Michael Clarke has been excluded from the Australian team outbound for the ODI series against Pakistan at the beginning of October. Phil Hughes will replace him for the three-match one day series. Hughes was initially not included in the squad for the one-dayers. (Sep 17)

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Pakistan vs Australia: Ajmal To Start Remedial Work After The Ban

By IBTimes AU

The race against time begins as Pakistan's star off spinner, Saeed Ajmal, has started remedial work on his action after being banned from bowling in international cricket last Tuesday. Ajmal's ban was shocking for the cricketing world. (Sep 14)

MORE TOPICS: PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA

India's Shikhar Dhawan is bowled by England's Chris Woakes during the international T20 cricket match at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham
Aaron Finch Named New T20 Captain for Australia

By IBTimes AU

Aaron Finch was named as the new Twenty20 captain for Australia. He took the responsibility from George Bailey. (Sep 09)

MORE TOPICS: PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, INDIA

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By IBTimes AU

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Australia Cricket News: Australia vs South Africa Tri-Series Final - Preview

By IBTimes AU

An inevitable final clash between Australia and South Africa will be witnessed today at Harare. Fans have long expected the season to end like this despite the earlier upsetting defeat to the Aussies. (Sep 06)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE

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Brett Lee Becoming An Actor Soon With Upcoming Film 'Un-Indian' Opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee

By IBTimes AU

Brett Lee will be starring as the lead actor in the upcoming romantic comedy based in India. (Sep 05)

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