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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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""Don Tallon

"Don Tallon (1916–1984) was an "Australian "cricketer who played 21 "Test matches as a "wicket-keeper between 1946 and 1953. He was widely regarded by his contemporaries as Australia's finest ever wicket-keeper and one of the best in Test history, with an understated style, an ability to anticipate the "flight, "length and "spin of the ball and an efficient "stumping technique. Tallon toured England as part of "Don Bradman's "Invincibles of 1948 and was recognised as one of the "Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1949 for his performances during that season. During his Test career, Tallon made 58 "dismissals comprising 50 "catches and 8 stumpings. His early cricket was played in "Bundaberg where he was selected to represent Queensland Country against the "England cricket team during the infamous "Bodyline tour. Following the "Second World War and the retirement or unavailability of other candidates, he was finally given an opportunity to play Test cricket, making his debut against "New Zealand in 1946 aged 30. Following the Invincibles tour, poor health dogged Tallon, causing him to miss the 1949–50 tour of "South Africa. He retired from first-class cricket in 1953 and returned to Bundaberg, assisting his brother in running a "corner store. He died in Bundaberg aged 68.

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""Botham batting for England at Trent Bridge in 1983

Sir "Ian Botham is a former international "cricketer and captain of the "England cricket team. He has claimed "five-wicket hauls (taken five or more "wickets in an "innings) in "Test cricket on 27 occasions, more than any other English cricketer. A five-wicket haul is regarded as a notable achievement, and fewer than 40 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers. Botham is generally considered one of the greatest "all-rounders of all time. He was named as a "Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1978, and "Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year four years later. In 1992 he was awarded an "Order of the British Empire (OBE), and he was "knighted for his services to cricket and charity work in 2007. Two years later, he was honoured by the "International Cricket Council, who named him as one of 55 initial inductees into the "ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is sixth overall in all-time Test five-wicket haul takers.

He made his international debut for England on 26 August 1976 in a "One Day International (ODI) against the "West Indies. He made his Test cricket debut just under a year later against "Australia, and it was during the first innings of this match that he claimed his first international five-wicket haul. It is against Australia that he has claimed the most five-wicket hauls, doing so on nine occasions. Three of these came during the "1981 Ashes series and, along with the two "centuries he scored, saw the series dubbed "Botham's Ashes". He twice claimed eight wickets in an innings, playing at "Lord's on each occasion, against "Pakistan in 1978 and the West Indies in 1984. Including these performances, Botham has collected a five-wicket haul at Lord's eight times, more so than on any other ground.

Botham never managed to take five-wickets in an innings in ODI cricket, despite playing 116 matches and claiming 145 wickets, making him England's fourth highest wicket-taker in the format. His best return was four wickets, which he achieved on three occasions. ("Full list...)

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A "cricket ball bearing the name of "Lord's Cricket Ground.
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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  "India 44 5,313 121
2  "South Africa 39 4,484 115
3  "Australia 40 4,174 104
4  "New Zealand 35 3,489 100
5  "England 49 4,829 99
6  "Sri Lanka 46 4,374 95
7  "Pakistan 34 2,988 88
8  "West Indies 36 2,606 72
9  "Bangladesh 26 1,833 71
10  "Zimbabwe 14 12 1
Reference: ICC Rankings, 10 February 2018
"Matches" is no. matches + no. series played in the 12–24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
"ICC ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  "India 62 7,595 123
2  "South Africa 59 6,912 117
3  "England 64 7,496 117
4  "New Zealand 62 7,081 114
5  "Australia 57 6,376 112
6  "Pakistan 51 4,875 96
7  "Bangladesh 39 3,518 90
8  "Sri Lanka 72 6,063 84
9  "West Indies 45 3,358 75
10  "Afghanistan 40 2,228 56
11  "Zimbabwe 52 2,691 52
12  "Ireland 30 1,267 42
Reference: ICC Rankings, 16 March 2018
"Matches" is the no. matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
"ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  "Pakistan 26 3,272 126
2  "Australia 20 2,513 126
3  "India 36 4,341 121
4  "New Zealand 26 3,013 116
5  "West Indies 22 2,538 115
6  "England 21 2,402 114
7  "South Africa 23 2,551 111
8  "Sri Lanka 33 2,921 89
9  "Afghanistan 27 2,385 88
10  "Bangladesh 24 1,846 77
11  "Scotland 11 737 67
12  "Zimbabwe 15 915 61
13  "United Arab Emirates 16 827 52
14  "Netherlands 9 441 49
15  "Hong Kong 13 599 46
16  "Papua New Guinea 6 235 39
17  "Oman 9 345 38
18  "Ireland 15 534 36
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women, 18 March 2018
"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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