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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 each on a "cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 20-metre (22-yard) "pitch with a target at each end called the "wicket (a set of three wooden "stumps upon which two "bails sit). Each phase of play is called an "innings, during which one team "bats, attempting to score as many "runs as possible, whilst their opponents "bowl and "field, attempting to minimise the number of runs scored. When each innings ends, the teams usually swap roles for the next innings (i.e. the team that previously batted will bowl/field, and vice versa). The teams each bat for one or two innings, depending on the type of match. The winning team is the one that "scores the most runs, including any "extras gained. The nature of the game allows for certain results when neither team wins; a draw where a timed match has been completed with the team batting last still batting, even though one team has at that point scored more runs; a tie where both teams have scored exactly the same number of runs when the team batting last has completed its innings; and a no result where little or no play has been possible because of climatic or other conditions (usually rain or bad light ending play before the allotted balls have been completed).

There are various "formats ranging from "Twenty20, played over a few hours with each team batting for a single "innings of 20 "overs (i.e. 120 deliveries), to "Test matches, played over five days with unlimited overs and the teams each batting for two innings of unlimited length. Traditionally cricketers play in all-white "kit, but in "limited overs cricket they wear club or team colours. In addition to the basic kit, some players wear "protective gear to prevent injury caused by the ball, which is a hard, solid spheroid made of compressed "leather with a slightly raised sewn seam enclosing a "cork core which is layered with tightly wound string.

"Historically, cricket's origins are uncertain and the earliest definite reference is in south-east England in the middle of the 16th century. It spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire, leading to the first international matches in the second half of the 19th century. The game's governing body is the "International Cricket Council (ICC), which has over 100 members, twelve of which are "full members who play Test matches. The game's rules are held in a code called the "Laws of Cricket which is owned and maintained by "Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London.

The sport is followed primarily in "Australasia, the "United Kingdom, "Ireland, the "Indian subcontinent, "southern Africa and the "West Indies. "Women's cricket, which is organised and played separately, has also achieved international standard. The most successful side playing "international cricket is "Australia, having won seven "One Day International trophies, including five "World Cups, more than any other country, and having been the "top-rated Test side more than any other country.

 More about "cricket – its "laws, "history, "statistics and "international structure.

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""Adam Gilchrist.

"Adam Craig Gilchrist, "AM ("/ˈɡɪlkrɪst/; born 14 November 1971), nicknamed "Gilly" or "Churchy", is a former Australian international "cricketer and "former captain of "Australian national team. Widely regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper–batsman in the history of the game, Gilchrist held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in "One Day International (ODI) cricket until it was surpassed by "Kumar Sangakkara in 2015 and the most by an Australian in "Test cricket.

He was captain of "Middlesex in the domestic arena. Gilchrist was selected for the state under-17 team, and in 1989 he was offered a scholarship by London-based "Richmond Cricket Club, a scheme he now supports himself. During his year at Richmond, he also played junior cricket for Old Actonians Cricket Club's under 17 team, with whom he won the Middlesex League and Cup double. He moved to Sydney and joined the Gordon Club in "Sydney Grade Cricket, later moving to Northern Districts.

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"The Ashes is a "Test cricket series played between "England and "Australia. The series have varied in length, consisting of between one and seven Test matches, but since 1998 have been consistently five matches. It is one of sport's most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882. It is generally played biennially, alternating between the "United Kingdom and "Australia. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes, having clinched the 2017-18 series in the third test in Perth.

Although the first Test series played between England and Australia was in the "1876–77 season, the Ashes originated from the solitary Test which the two nations contested in "1882. England lost the match, played at "The Oval, and a mock "obituary was posted in "The Sporting Times, declaring the death of English cricket. It stated that: "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." "The Honourable "Ivo Bligh adopted the term and, as captain of the English party that travelled to Australia the following winter, promised to bring the "Ashes" home. "Read more...

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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  "India 29 3,634 125
2  "South Africa 32 3,589 112
3  "Australia 33 3,499 106
4  "New Zealand 23 2,354 102
5  "England 39 3,772 97
6  "Sri Lanka 31 2,914 94
7  "Pakistan 21 1,853 88
8  "Bangladesh 16 1,202 75
9  "West Indies 22 1,484 67
10  "Zimbabwe 8 12 2
 "Ireland* 1 0 0
 "Afghanistan* 1 0 0
*Countries that have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking
Reference: ICC Rankings, 15 June 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  "England 45 5,599 124
2  "India 45 5,492 122
3  "South Africa 34 3,842 113
4  "New Zealand 41 4,602 112
5  "Pakistan 32 3,279 102
6  "Australia 34 3,474 102
7  "Bangladesh 24 2,220 93
8  "Sri Lanka 43 3,302 77
9  "West Indies 29 1,989 69
10  "Afghanistan 28 1,758 63
11  "Zimbabwe 37 2,021 55
12  "Ireland 20 766 38
13  "Scotland 16 535 33
14  "United Arab Emirates 13 236 18
 "Netherlands* 4 50 13
   "Nepal* 4 0 0
*Netherlands and Nepal have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking; eight matches are needed to qualify.
"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.
Reference: ICC Rankings, 16 June 2018
"ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  "Pakistan 25 3,270 131
2  "Australia 15 1,894 126
3  "India 32 3,932 123
4  "New Zealand 22 2,542 116
5  "England 17 1,951 115
6  "South Africa 18 2,058 114
7  "West Indies 18 2,048 114
8  "Afghanistan 25 2,287 91
9  "Sri Lanka 27 2,287 85
10  "Bangladesh 24 1,686 70
11  "Netherlands 10 584 58
12  "Zimbabwe 14 817 58
13  "Scotland 13 715 55
14  "United Arab Emirates 12 608 51
15  "Hong Kong 10 420 42
16  "Oman 7 270 39
17  "Ireland 15 538 36
   "Nepal* 4 105 26
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women, 17 June 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.
*Nepal have not played enough matches to have an official ranking


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