Friday, December 19, 2014 2:30 AM EST


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

A security officer stands near the pitch in the rain as the match was stopped due to bad weather during the fourth day's play of the first Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane November 24, 2013.
Josh Hazelwood Takes Five Wickets On Test Debut, Family Friends Make AU $50,000 Each

By IBTimes AU

Josh Hazelwood's exploits at the second Test Match. (5:31 pm)


Australia's Steve Smith hits a six during the first day of the third Ashes cricket test against England at the WACA ground in Perth December 13, 2013.
Australia Will Look To Drive Home The Advantage In The Second Test Match

By IBTimes AU

After winning the first Test Match, Australia are favourites to win the second as well. (Dec 16)


Australia's Steve Smith celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis (not in picture) during the fifth day of the third cricket test match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, March 5, 2014.
Steve Smith Appointed Australian Test Captain

By IBTimes AU

Steve Smith has been appointed Captain in the next three Test Matches and a vice captain under Michael Clarke for the long term. (Dec 15)


Australian cricketer Sean Abbott walks with the funeral procession for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes in Macksville, December 3, 2014. Abbott was the bowler who delivered the ball which struck Hughes during a first class cricket match on Nov. 25. The
Sean Abbott Takes 6-14 And Record Crowd Come In To Watch David Warner's Century At Adelaide

By IBTimes AU

Seam Abbott and David Warner bury their unfortunate past brush with Phillips Hughes and play brilliant cricket. (Dec 13)


Australia's Michael Clarke, Nathan Lyon (2nd L), Mitchell Johnson (2nd R) and Steve Smith (R) celebrate taking the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar (not pictured) during the first day of the second test cricket match in Port Elizabeth, Februa
Shane Warne Praises Lyon Hearted Performance

By IBTimes AU

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon bowled superbly to take five wickets in the first Indian innings of the series. (Dec 12)


India's Virat Kohli acknowledges his 100 against New Zealand during the second innings of play on day five of the second international test cricket match at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, February 18, 2014.
Steve Waugh Thinks Indian Captain Virat Kohli Plays Like An Australia Batsman

By IBTimes AU

The Indian captain lives up to the expectations and delivers for his team with a century. (Dec 12)


Australia's Mitchell Johnson (L) and Nathan Lyon celebrate the wicket of Dale Steyn (not in picture) during the third day of the third cricket test match against South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, March 3, 2014.
Australia Still Ahead But India Fight Back At The End Of Third Day's Play At Adelaide

By IBTimes AU

Australia are just ahead after the third day's play at Adelaide. (Dec 11)


Australia's Steven Smith plays a shot on the second day of their third cricket test match against South Africa in Cape Town, March 2, 2014.
Thank The Selectors For Steven Smith’s Century

By IBTimes AU

The selector's provided Steven Smith the extra rope to continue in the national side even though he was not performing. Now he is repaying them with lots of runs. (Dec 11)


India's Virat Kohli rolls on the ground after avoiding a ball
India Skipper Virat Kohli Hit By Mitchell Johnson Bouncer [Update]

By IBTimes AU

The Indian skipper was hit by the very first ball he faced in the test match in Adelaide. (Dec 11)


India's captain Sourav Ganguly (R) accepts the Border-Gavaskar trophy from Sanil Gavaskar (L) and Allan Border on the final day of the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground January 6, 2004. The match was drawn, with India retaining the trophy after the
Predicting Australia vs India Test Matches: The Home Advantege

By IBTimes AU

Taking cue from the last part where there were emperical evidance to conclude that the result of the first Test Match and the form of their respective captains play a very important part in the outcome of a Test Series between Australia and India I w... (Dec 11)