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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat (and running between the wickets), while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this (by preventing the ball from leaving the field, and getting the ball to either wicket) and dismiss each batter (so they are "out"). Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side either catching the ball after it is hit by the bat and before it hits the ground, or hitting a wicket with the ball before a batter can cross the crease in front of the wicket. When ten batters have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information. (Full article...)

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The Adelaide leak was the revelation to the press of a dressing-room incident during the third Test, a cricket match played during the 1932–33 Ashes series between Australia and England, more commonly known as the Bodyline series. During the course of play on 14 January 1933, the Australian Test captain Bill Woodfull was struck over the heart by a ball delivered by Harold Larwood. Although not badly hurt, Woodfull was shaken and dismissed shortly afterwards. On his return to the Australian dressing room, Woodfull was visited by the managers of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team, Pelham Warner and Richard Palairet. Warner enquired after Woodfull's health, but the latter dismissed his concerns in brusque fashion. He said he did not want to speak to the Englishman owing to the Bodyline tactics England were using, leaving Warner embarrassed and shaken. The matter became public knowledge when someone present leaked the exchange to the press and it was widely reported on 16 January. Such leaks to the press were practically unknown at the time, and the players were horrified that the confrontation became public knowledge.

In the immediate aftermath, many people assumed Jack Fingleton, the only full-time journalist on either team, was responsible. This belief may have affected the course of his subsequent career. Fingleton later wrote that Donald Bradman, Australia's star batsman and the primary target of Bodyline, was the person who disclosed the story. Bradman always denied this, and continued to blame Fingleton; animosity between the pair continued for the rest of their lives. Woodfull's earlier public silence on the tactics had been interpreted as approval; the leak was significant in persuading the Australian public that Bodyline was unacceptable. (Full article...)

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The 2007 Cricket World Cup warm-up matches were held prior to the 2007 Cricket World Cup, between 5 March and 9 March 2007. All 16 nations that were qualified to take part in the World Cup participated in a series of matches to prepare, experiment with different tactics and to help them acclimatise to conditions in the West Indies. The warm-up matches were not classified as One Day Internationals by the International Cricket Council (ICC), despite sharing some of main features of this form of cricket, but some of the playing regulations were different from standard internationals in order to allow teams to experiment. For example, the main change allowed for thirteen different players to play in a match – nine players being allowed to both bat and bowl, with two only being able to bowl and two only being able to bat – instead of the eleven players normally allowed.

Several of the teams voiced concerns of various matters involving the stadia and practicing facilities: many of the stadiums were considered incomplete, whilst some teams claimed that the pitches were uneven, resulting in an unsafe experience to be batting in. Ultimately none of the stadia used in the warm-up games were used in any other part of the tournament except for the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Jamaica, which hosted the opening ceremony but no matches. (Full article...)


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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 inning per side.

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

ICC Test Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 24 2,914 121
2  New Zealand 18 2,166 120
3  England 32 3,493 109
4  Australia 17 1,844 108
5  Pakistan 24 2,247 94
6  West Indies 24 2,024 84
7  South Africa 16 1,273 80
8  Sri Lanka 27 2,095 78
9  Bangladesh 15 694 46
10  Zimbabwe 10 346 35
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 13 May 2021
"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  New Zealand 17 2,054 121
2  Australia 25 2,945 118
3  India 29 3,344 115
4  England 27 3,100 115
5  South Africa 20 2,137 107
6  Pakistan 24 2,323 97
7  Bangladesh 24 2,157 90
8  West Indies 27 2,222 82
9  Sri Lanka 21 1,652 79
10  Afghanistan 17 1,054 62
11  Netherlands 2 99 50
12  Ireland 18 818 45
13  Zimbabwe 15 588 39
14  Oman 7 240 34
15  Scotland 5 148 30
16    Nepal 5 119 24
17  United Arab Emirates 9 190 21
18  Namibia 6 97 16
19  United States 8 93 12
20  Papua New Guinea 5 0 0
Reference:ICC ODI rankings, ESPNcricinfo Rankings 3 May 2021
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. See points calculations for more details.
ICC Women's ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 17 2,781 164
2  South Africa 24 2,828 118
3  England 17 1,993 117
4  India 20 2,226 111
5  New Zealand 30 1,864 93
6  West Indies 12 1,025 85
7  Pakistan 15 1,101 73
8  Bangladesh 5 306 61
9  Sri Lanka 11 519 47
10  Ireland 2 25 13
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, 7 April 2021
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 30 8,166 272
2  India 43 11,613 270
3  Australia 30 8,005 267
4  Pakistan 39 10,137 260
5  New Zealand 36 9,181 255
6  South Africa 27 6,717 249
7  Afghanistan 19 4,361 230
8  West Indies 29 6,623 228
9  Sri Lanka 26 5,924 228
10  Bangladesh 23 5,194 226
11  Zimbabwe 26 4,980 192
12  Ireland 29 5,513 190
13  United Arab Emirates 23 4,288 186
14    Nepal 28 5,112 183
15  Scotland 17 3,096 182
16  Papua New Guinea 21 3,769 179
17  Oman 18 3,169 176
18  Netherlands 31 5,436 175
19  Namibia 22 3,482 158
20  Singapore 20 2,835 142
21  Canada 15 1,956 130
22  Qatar 23 2,982 130
23  Hong Kong 23 2,727 119
24  Kenya 12 1,389 116
25  Jersey 21 2,423 115
26  Kuwait 16 1,765 110
27  Italy 10 1,100 110
28  Saudi Arabia 9 965 107
29  Denmark 10 975 98
30  Bermuda 13 1,202 92
31  Malaysia 33 2,920 88
32  Uganda 14 1,222 87
33  Germany 15 1,304 87
34  United States 11 868 79
35  Ghana 10 773 77
36  Guernsey 13 935 72
37  Botswana 13 934 72
38  Austria 8 553 69
39  Nigeria 16 1,065 67
40  Norway 8 499 62
41  Romania 10 602 60
42  Spain 13 766 59
43  Sweden 3 168 56
44  Tanzania 3 167 56
45  Cayman Islands 8 430 54
46  Argentina 12 610 51
47  Belgium 10 499 50
48  Philippines 5 241 48
49  Bahrain 9 424 47
50  Vanuatu 15 704 49
51  Belize 5 209 42
52  Hungary 4 162 41
53  Malawi 12 476 40
54  Fiji 3 105 35
55  Peru 9 294 33
56  Panama 5 162 32
57  Japan 4 126 32
58  Costa Rica 4 126 32
59  Samoa 7 216 31
60  Czech Republic 16 478 30
61  Mexico 11 320 29
62  Luxembourg 12 301 25
63  Portugal 7 173 25
64  Finland 9 204 23
65  Bulgaria 11 240 22
66  Thailand 14 297 21
67  Isle of Man 4 79 20
68  South Korea 4 78 20
69  Malta 10 166 17
70  Mozambique 12 173 14
71  Brazil 9 123 14
72  Bhutan 7 88 13
73  Sierra Leone 5 61 12
74  Maldives 14 138 10
75  Chile 9 85 9
76  Saint Helena 6 55 9
77  Indonesia 4 19 5
78  Myanmar 6 23 4
79  Lesotho 3 0 0
80  Rwanda 3 0 0
81  Eswatini 3 0 0
82  Turkey 5 0 0
83  China 6 0 0
84  Gambia 6 0 0
85  Gibraltar 7 0 0
Reference: ICC T20I rankings, ESPNcricinfo rankings, 25 April 2021
"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.
ICC Women's T20I Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 31 8,967 289
2  England 33 9,538 284
3  India 35 9,344 267
4  New Zealand 28 7,474 267
5  South Africa 30 7,569 252
6  West Indies 26 6,126 236
7  Pakistan 27 6,216 230
8  Sri Lanka 18 3,631 202
9  Bangladesh 26 5,001 192
10  Ireland 13 2,180 168
11  Thailand 26 4,145 159
12  Zimbabwe 11 1,711 156
13  Scotland 10 1,491 149
14    Nepal 11 1,457 132
15  Papua New Guinea 11 1,423 129
16  Samoa 6 749 125
17  United Arab Emirates 11 1,330 121
18  Uganda 13 1,563 120
19  Tanzania 11 1,191 108
20  Indonesia 13 1,129 87
21  Netherlands 10 832 83
22  Kenya 8 654 82
23  Namibia 16 1,099 69
24  Hong Kong 13 875 67
25  Germany 11 727 66
26  China 11 698 63
27  Brazil 11 599 54
28  Vanuatu 6 324 54
29  Japan 5 260 52
30  France 3 143 48
31  United States 4 186 47
32  Belize 6 269 45
33  Argentina 9 398 44
34  Rwanda 10 426 43
35  Myanmar 5 212 42
36  Kuwait 8 337 42
37  Sierra Leone 6 245 41
38  Malaysia 17 687 40
39  Jersey 4 160 40
40  Botswana 11 431 39
41  Nigeria 9 284 32
42  Oman 9 233 26
43  Bhutan 4 91 23
44  South Korea 4 73 18
45  Malawi 10 158 16
46  Chile 10 124 12
47  Singapore 6 61 10
48  Costa Rica 7 68 10
49  Mozambique 12 81 7
50  Mexico 7 43 5
51  Austria 8 9 1
52  Norway 3 0 0
53  Lesotho 3 0 0
54  Fiji 6 0 0
55  Mali 3 0 0
56  Peru 8 0 0
Reference: ICC & ESPNcricinfo, 30 March 2021

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