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A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman during a game of cricket
A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman
during a game of cricket.

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on an oval-shaped field, usually between 150 and 200 yards in diameter, at the centre of which lies a 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible, while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings. In professional cricket, the length of a game ranges from 20 overs of six bowling deliveries per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches ("Tests") and One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into 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. The ICC, the game's governing body, has ten full members. The game is popular in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies, Southern Africa and England.

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Douglas Jardine in 1932

Douglas Jardine (1900–1958) was an English cricketer and captain of the England cricket team from 1931 to 1933–34. A right-handed batsman, he played 22 Test matches for England, captaining the side in 15 of those matches, winning nine, losing one and drawing five. Jardine is best known for captaining the English team during the 1932–33 Ashes tour of Australia, in which his team employed Bodyline tactics against Donald Bradman and other opposing Australian batsmen. A controversial figure among cricketers, Jardine was well known for his dislike of Australian players and crowds and was unpopular in Australia, particularly for his manner and especially so after the Bodyline tour. He retired from all first-class cricket in 1934 following a tour to India. Jardine was a qualified solicitor but did not work much in law, working in banking and, later on, journalism. He joined the Territorial Army in the Second World War, most of which he spent in India. After the war, he worked as a secretary to a paper manufacturer and returned to journalism. While on a business trip in 1957, he became ill with what proved to be lung cancer and died aged 57 in 1958.

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Ten squads were picked to take part in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, the fourth instalment of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament. The tournament was held in India from 7 October to 5 November 2006. Teams could name a preliminary squad of 30, but only 14-man squads were permitted for the actual tournament, and these had to be submitted by 7 September, one month before the start of the tournament.

Several of the squads were changed during or before the tournament due to injuries or suspensions; Pakistan changed their captains three times before the tournament had begun, and also sent home two players due to doping allegations. Both India and Zimbabwe had to replace a player during the tournament, which required the permission of the International Cricket Council's Technical Committee. (Full list...)

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The captains of the sixteen countries of the 2007 Cricket World Cup assemble together.
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ICC Rankings

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket, and produces team rankings for the various forms of cricket played internationally.

Test cricket is the longest form of cricket, played up to a maximum of five days with two innings per side.

One Day International cricket is played over 50 overs, with one innings per side.

Twenty20 International cricket is played over 20 overs, with one innings per side.

ICC Test Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  South Africa 29 3308 114
2  India 32 3535 110
3  Australia 40 4376 109
4  Pakistan 28 2977 106
5  New Zealand 36 3578 99
6  England 40 3940 99
7  Sri Lanka 35 3123 89
8  West Indies 33 2504 76
9  Bangladesh 22 1026 47
10  Zimbabwe 10 53 5
Reference: ICC Rankings, 7 January 2016
Reliance ICC ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 45 5733 127
2  India 57 6457 114
3  South Africa 57 6362 112
4  New Zealand 52 5767 111
5  Sri Lanka 67 6956 104
6  England 56 5639 101
7  Bangladesh 37 3571 97
8  Pakistan 57 4983 87
9  West Indies 38 3256 86
10  Afghanistan 25 1185 47
11  Ireland 15 683 46
12  Zimbabwe 55 2466 45
Reference: ICC Rankings, 12 January 2016
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  New Zealand 20 2635 132
2  India 22 2894 132
3  West Indies 18 2192 122
4  South Africa 23 2734 119
5  England 20 2279 114
6  Australia 19 2099 110
7  Pakistan 28 2924 104
8  Sri Lanka 25 2444 98
9  Afghanistan 22 1725 78
10  Bangladesh 23 1708 74
11  Netherlands 10 667 67
12  Zimbabwe 19 1105 58
13  Scotland 11 622 57
14  United Arab Emirates 14 757 54
15  Ireland 11 526 48
16  Oman 12 442 37
17  Hong Kong 15 440 29
Insufficient matches
 Papua New Guinea 5 44
Reference: ICC Rankings, 4 May 2016
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.


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