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Cricket

Biography

How, you may ask, did such an odd game ever come about? We delve back into the medieval past, and also have a stab at explaining the rules to those of you not yet fully familiar with them

Cricket: the Basics

Cricket, lovely cricket. It became especially lovely in 2005 when England took the Ashes series from Australia in one of the most thrillingly well-fought contests in living memory. The England team's success helped to bring the sport to a whole new generation of fans.

Cricket: the Basics
The Sport's Origins

The Sport's Origins

Nobody knows precisely how or when the game of cricket originated, but it seems likely that it had something to do with Kentish shepherds.

The Rules

Unless you have been made to play at school, you may well find the rules of cricket quite baffling. (And even those of us who were found that they didn’t fully sink in until many years later.) Americans, whose basic bat-and-ball game is baseball, often say that cricket looks an oddly static game. The “pitcher” - by whom they mean the bowler - pitches the ball, and then everybody just stands around as though nothing has happened. What’s that about?

The Rules