Cricket

Introduction to cricket

Cricket is a game that can appear very confusing to the beginner with an array of rules, bizarre terminology and games that can last five days and still end in a draw!

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The laws of cricket

Cricket should be a straighforward game with the simple aim of scoring more runs than you opponents, but over the years a system of laws has developed to make it seem more baffling to the newcomer than it really is. If you're trying to get to grips with the rules of cricket, then our guide to laws of the game should have you as well versed as an umpire – well almost!

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Cricket terms explained

Cricket has an extensive number of terms associated with it and it's important to know your bails from your balls and your maiden from your nighwatchman. We've compiled a list of some of the most commonly used terms, to ensure that you don't get stumped by the cricketing terminology.

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How to get involved in cricket

The profile of cricket is on the up, thanks mainly to Twenty20 Cricket, which has introduced the game to a whole new generation of fans. Inevitably there's plenty of budding cricketers wanting to give it a go or return to a game they last played at school. Here's some top advice on where to turn if you want to get started in cricket...

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Cricket fielding positions and players

To understand the basic cricket fielding positions we've compiled a quick guide to cricket players and their on field positions so you know your silly mid off from your short fine leg.

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Get fit playing Twenty20 cricket

Twenty20 cricket arrived in the early 2000s and has subsequently made a huge impact on the domestic and international cricketing landscape. The game is much faster than its traditional five-day Test and one-day (40 or 50-over) cricket counterparts.

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The rules of Twenty20 cricket

The laws of Twenty20 cricket essentially follow those of traditional one-day, 40 and 50-over cricket matches. In Twenty20 cricket, each team is allowed one innings to try and score as many runs as they can within a period of 20 overs (120 balls).

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Improve your batting skills with our cricketing shots guide

Batting is something that comes naturally for some cricketers but can also be a nightmare for others. Once padded up with cricket bat in hand, the key thing to remember is keeping your eye on the ball. The stance of the batsman is always important, standing up straight with no gap between cricket bat and pad. There are a variety of cricketing shots to play, all depending on which ball has been delivered by the bowler. These are the top 10...

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The importance of warming up for cricket

Cricket is game requiring explosive bursts of power followed by periods of relative inactivity, meaning that warming up is an essential part of any cricketer’s preparations. From a pre-match warm up, to keeping warm during the game, and a post-game warm-down, cricketers should not neglect warm-up and stretching if they are going to stay fit and injury free.

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An introduction to beach cricket

Beach cricket is an informal version of the game played out on the beach and involving just about anyone who wants to play. Everyone is free to and usually does make up the rules as they go, making it an ideal game for the family, friends and frustrated cricketers.

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