Cricket - An Interesting Game

 


Cricket is an interesting and popular game that originated in the British Colonies of the late seventeenth century. Cricket was played beforehand by teams of soldiers, seamen, and fishermen, but it was popularized by cricket clubs in the late nineteenth century. Cricket has played an important part in the history of mankind and many notable people in the world have played a significant role in its development.

Two prominent figures who played a significant role in the history of cricket are Sir Henry Parkes and George Best. Both played an important role in establishing the rules of the game and the tactics for playing the game. In the early eighteen hundreds cricket played an integral part in England's victory over Australia in the first Test cricket match. It was George Best, who scored the winning runs and later became the first player to be appointed Test Match referee. He refereed the matches in all four Tests, which went a complete turnaround from what had happened earlier in the Tests.

In the late nineteen hundreds cricket became a regular season game. The matches were always played between eleven players, with two teams each having eleven players. These were played every two weeks, with the teams alternating between one and two days between each match. Matches were played in an overgrown cricket ground that was also known as Lord's Cricket Ground. This ground has since been renamed Lord's Cricket Stadium.

As the sport developed so did the cricket equipment that players used. In 1894 there were no openers or bats when cricket began. Initially a spinner, known as a "stumper", was used, which consisted of a metal stick having a hair cut out of it. The stump was hit on purpose to stop the batsmen hitting the ball into the stumps or to prevent the batsman from running out. Batting was not allowed to commence until the summer had been replaced by a bowler who used a stick with a finger in the middle of it, to flick the ball over the wicket keeper's head.

International cricket began as part of the Twenty20 competition. Batting was permitted to commence after the stumper, which was still being used by the cricket administrators, had been replaced by the bowler. There are believed to be no variations of this arrangement in international cricket, ever since it was introduced. The bat still has a cover over the head; the reason why the bumper was replaced by the bowler. The batsmen do not wear protective helmets like the bowlers, but only the socks that are knee-high. They do not wear protective pads, protective eyewear like the bowlers do, but only the batting helmet with a net.

When a cricket match is being played with eleven players, each player receives two runs each time that they bat, or putt their ball past the bat of the other team. When a match is played with fifteen players, each player gets three runs each time that they hit the ball past the bat of an opponent. Matches are normally played for three hours and forty-five minutes, and a three hour break is given in half times during the day.

A batsman is scored when he advances from his position to the first position to a third position, or vice versa. When a run is being scored by an individual player, he does not necessarily have to occupy the same position as his team mate. A batsman can advance to a fourth position if his team mate has already occupied a place in the fourth position. It takes one extra stroke for a batsman to become the highest run scorer in a match.

The batsman scores runs when he strikes the ball with the bat or even the finger, or field the ball with any part of the hand. He may also hit the ball with any part of the foot. A bowler makes runs when he strikes the ball with the bowling equipment which includes the spiked bat, stumps and the finger in the fingers. Bowling is usually followed by wickets when a batsman and a bowler are playing in an elimination or semi-final match. The score is the sum of all runs plus the number of wickets bowler takes to win the match.

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