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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 20-metre (22-yard) 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, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player (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 catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players 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.

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Arthur Edward Jeune "James" Collins (18 August 1885 – 11 November 1914), typically now known by his initials A. E. J. Collins, was an English cricketer and soldier. He held, for 116 years, the record of highest score in cricket: as a 13-year-old schoolboy, he scored 628 not out over four afternoons in June 1899. Collins's record-making innings drew a large crowd and increasing media interest; spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby were drawn away to watch the junior school house cricket match in which Collins was playing. Despite this achievement, Collins never played first-class cricket. Collins's 628 not out stood as the record score till January 2016 when an Indian boy, Pranav Dhanawade, scored 1009 in a school game.

Collins joined the British Army in 1902 and studied at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, before becoming an officer in the Royal Engineers. He served in France during the First World War, where he was killed in action in 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres. Collins had been mentioned in despatches and also represented the Royal Military Academy at cricket and rugby union.

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The 2007 Cricket World Cup warm-up matches were held prior to the 2007 Cricket World Cup, between March 5 and March 9, 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. Read more...


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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 43 5,007 116
2  New Zealand 33 3,570 108
3  South Africa 42 4,397 105
4  Australia 44 4,566 104
5  England 53 5,490 104
6  Sri Lanka 51 4,737 93
7  Pakistan 32 2,803 88
8  West Indies 39 2,995 77
9  Bangladesh 25 1,898 68
10  Zimbabwe 11 138 13
 Ireland* 2
 Afghanistan* 2
*Countries that have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking
Reference: Cricinfo rankings page, ICC Rankings, 18 March 2019
"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 59 7,259 123
2  India 71 8,508 120
3  New Zealand 54 6,071 112
4  South Africa 55 6,181 112
5  Australia 53 5,701 108
6  Pakistan 43 5,147 97
7  Bangladesh 42 3,792 90
8  Sri Lanka 62 4,734 76
9  West Indies 44 3,351 76
10  Afghanistan 40 2,554 64
11  Zimbabwe 48 2,497 52
12  Ireland 27 1,169 43
13  Scotland 16 535 33
14  United Arab Emirates 17 263 15
15    Nepal 10 152 15
16  Netherlands 6 50 8
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.
Reference: Cricinfo Rankings page,ICC ODI rankings 2 April 2019
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 39 5,280 135
2  India 47 5,726 122
3  England 25 3,036 121
4  Australia 30 3,613 120
5  South Africa 25 2,960 118
6  New Zealand 29 3,367 116
7  West Indies 30 2,932 98
8  Afghanistan 30 2,798 93
9  Sri Lanka 30 2,580 86
10  Bangladesh 30 2,321 77
11  Scotland 18 1,092 61
12  Zimbabwe 20 1,097 55
13  Netherlands 15 777 52
14    Nepal 7 303 43
15  United Arab Emirates 16 681 43
16  Hong Kong 10 420 42
17  Ireland 25 925 37
18  Oman 10 269 27
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 12 March 2019
"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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