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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

Australia's Phil Hughes reacts after being dismissed for 86 runs
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Phil Hughes has never regained consciousness after he was struck by the ball during a short delivery in the Sheffield match in Sydney. Doctors further shed light on the real cause of the cricketer's demise. (3:02 pm)

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Australia's Phil Hughes plays a shot during the second day's play of the third test cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground
Phil Hughes No More: Australian Batsman Dies at 25

By IBTimes AU

The 25-year-old cricketer succumbed to death two days after he had been hit on the head by a bouncer. (5:19 pm)

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Australia's Phil Hughes celebrates reaching his century during the one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground January 11, 2013.
Cricket Community Takes to Twitter Their Mourning of Phil Hughes’ Passing

By IBTimes AU

Phil Hughes dies Thursday after two days of battling a head injury. The cricket community offered their thought on his passing through Twitter. (5:11 pm)

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Australia's Phil Hughes reacts after being dismissed for 86 runs
Australian Cricketer Phil Hughes Was Wearing an 'Out-dated' Helmet

By IBTimes AU

The UK company, which manufactured the helmet Hughes was wearing when he got hit by a bouncer, claimed that it was out-dated. (Nov 27)

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