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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each 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 game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the bowler, "bowls" (propels) the ball from one end of the pitch towards the wicket at the other end, with an "over" being completed once they have legally done so six times. The batting side has one player at each end of the pitch, with the player at the opposite end of the pitch from the bowler aiming to strike the ball with a bat. The batting side scores runs when either the bowler unfairly bowls the ball to the batter, the ball reaches the boundary of the field, or the two batters swap ends of the pitch, which results in one run. The fielding side's aim is to prevent run-scoring and dismiss each batter (so they are "out", and are said to have "lost their wicket"). Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the bowled ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side either catching a hit ball before it touches the ground, or hitting a wicket with the ball before a batter can cross the crease line in front of the wicket to complete a run. 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.

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Christopher Henry Gayle, OD (born 21 September 1979) is a Jamaican cricketer who is playing international cricket for the West Indies from 1999. A destructive batter, Gayle is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played Twenty20 cricket, and by some as the best ever. He played a crucial role in the West Indies teams that won 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

He has set numerous records across all three formats of the game. He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is. Gayle is the only player to score more than 14000 runs and hit more than 1000 sixes in T20 cricket He is also the leading run scorer for West Indies in both ODI's and T20I's and along with Brian Lara the only player to score more than 10,000 runs for West Indies in ODI Cricket. In addition to his batting, He has picked up over 200 International Wickets with his Right-arm offbreak spin bowling. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Indian Premier League and held the Orange Cap in 2012. On 23 April 2013, He broke the record for the fastest ever T20 hundred in his landmark knock of 175 runs from 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in the IPL, which is also the highest score ever by a batsman in T20 history. He also equaled the record for the fastest 50 in T20 cricket while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

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  • 1921 - Charlie Macartney (pictured) scores 345 runs in four hours as the Australians total 608 for seven on the first day of the match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. The score remained for 73 years as the highest number of runs hit by a cricketer in one day – it was beaten by Brian Lara's 380 runs on his way to the highest first-class score of 501 not out.
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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 Men's Test Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 19 2,439 128
2  India 23 2,736 119
3  New Zealand 23 2,552 111
4  South Africa 21 2,306 110
5  Pakistan 20 1,865 93
6  England 29 2,551 88
7  Sri Lanka 20 1,637 82
8  West Indies 22 1,685 77
9  Bangladesh 19 966 51
10  Zimbabwe 6 148 25
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 4 May 2022
"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 Men's ODI Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  New Zealand 12 1,505 125
2  England 19 2,353 124
3  Australia 19 2,066 109
4  Pakistan 19 2,005 106
5  India 22 2,304 105
6  South Africa 19 1,872 99
7  Bangladesh 24 2,275 95
8  Sri Lanka 25 2,143 86
9  West Indies 32 2,306 72
10  Afghanistan 16 1,071 71
11  Ireland 20 1,083 54
12  Scotland 18 814 45
13  United Arab Emirates 19 727 38
14  Netherlands 15 529 35
15  Zimbabwe 17 539 32
16  Oman 30 919 31
17  United States 20 544 27
18  Namibia 11 246 22
19    Nepal 18 298 17
20  Papua New Guinea 22 134 6
Reference: ICC Cricket Ratings, Updated on 17 Jun 2022
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 29 4,840 167
2  South Africa 28 3,504 125
3  England 30 3,533 118
4  India 29 2,878 99
5  New Zealand 31 3,030 98
6  West Indies 28 2,481 89
7  Bangladesh 12 936 78
8  Pakistan 26 1,752 67
9  Ireland 5 240 48
10  Sri Lanka 5 233 47
11  Zimbabwe 8 0 0
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 4 May 2022
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 30 8,093 270
2  England 28 7,432 265
3  Pakistan 30 7,826 261
4  South Africa 25 6,336 253
5  Australia 33 8,270 251
6  New Zealand 28 6,996 250
7  West Indies 36 8,623 240
8  Bangladesh 33 7,680 233
9  Sri Lanka 33 7,606 230
10  Afghanistan 14 3,167 226
11  United Arab Emirates 21 4,030 192
12  Zimbabwe 28 5,278 189
13    Nepal 25 4,624 185
14  Ireland 35 6,439 184
15  Namibia 29 5,321 183
16  Scotland 19 3,475 183
17  Oman 19 3,238 170
18  Netherlands 17 2,841 167
19  Papua New Guinea 17 2,575 151
20  Singapore 8 1,194 149
21  Jersey 18 2,329 129
22  Canada 17 2,176 128
23  Qatar 13 1,643 126
24  Hong Kong 10 1,155 116
25  Uganda 26 2,952 114
26  United States 11 1,225 111
27  Bahrain 11 1,153 105
28  Kuwait 10 1,044 104
29  Italy 10 1,015 102
30  Kenya 17 1,694 100
31  Malaysia 18 1,716 95
32  Saudi Arabia 6 562 94
33  Tanzania 10 895 90
34  Bermuda 12 1,053 88
35  Germany 25 2,124 85
36  Spain 12 1,006 84
37  Guernsey 12 839 70
38  Denmark 16 1,090 68
39  Cayman Islands 8 529 66
40  Romania 19 1,238 65
41  Nigeria 23 1,482 64
42  Botswana 8 502 63
43  Belgium 12 670 56
44  Vanuatu 5 270 54
45  Portugal 6 322 54
46  Sweden 7 373 53
47  Austria 10 528 53
48  Norway 12 632 53
49  Argentina 9 435 48
50  Malawi 9 408 45
51  Finland 10 436 44
52  Ghana 13 541 42
53  Luxembourg 12 481 40
54  Malta 26 1,019 39
55  Czech Republic 19 634 33
56  Sierra Leone 10 331 33
57  Hungary 10 319 32
58  Cyprus 6 154 26
59  Bahamas 11 260 24
60  Belize 6 132 22
61  Panama 6 125 21
62  Rwanda 11 206 19
63  Greece 5 86 17
64  Thailand 4 59 15
65  Seychelles 6 54 9
66  Maldives 9 51 6
67  Mozambique 7 38 5
68  Bulgaria 22 110 5
69  Gibraltar 17 4 0
70  Eswatini 6 0 0
71  Serbia 5 0 0
72  Lesotho 6 0 0
73  Estonia 6 0 0
References: ESPNcricinfo, ICC T20I rankings, As of 1 June 2022
"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 21 6,160 293
2  England 26 7,398 285
3  New Zealand 18 4,801 267
4  India 24 6,295 262
5  South Africa 20 5,030 252
6  West Indies 19 4,691 247
7  Pakistan 18 4,027 224
8  Sri Lanka 12 2,476 206
9  Bangladesh 15 2,850 190
10  Thailand 17 2,851 168
11  Zimbabwe 17 2,730 161
12  Ireland 20 3,209 160
13  Scotland 20 3,036 152
14  Papua New Guinea 9 1,174 130
15  United Arab Emirates 11 1,406 128
16    Nepal 15 1,883 126
17  Samoa 6 749 125
18  Tanzania 12 1,340 112
19  Uganda 13 1,350 104
20  Netherlands 15 1,396 93
21  Namibia 22 1,911 87
22  Indonesia 9 761 85
23  Hong Kong 13 1,016 78
24  Kenya 16 1,226 77
25  Germany 16 1,112 70
26  China 8 538 67
27  United States 10 623 62
28  Brazil 9 524 58
29  Vanuatu 6 324 54
30  Japan 5 260 52
31  Malaysia 16 823 51
32  Rwanda 21 1,025 49
33  Belize 3 135 45
34  Myanmar 5 212 42
35  Jersey 4 160 40
36  Canada 8 277 35
37  Nigeria 17 514 30
38  France 12 315 26
39  Oman 5 129 26
40  Botswana 14 317 23
41  Austria 14 316 23
42  Sierra Leone 6 126 21
43  Kuwait 11 201 18
44  South Korea 4 73 18
45  Malawi 4 71 18
46  Bhutan 7 104 15
47  Mexico 3 42 14
48  Costa Rica 4 34 9
49  Mozambique 11 31 3
50  Qatar 5 14 3
51  Norway 4 0 0
52  Fiji 6 0 0
53  Mali 3 0 0
54  Argentina 9 0 0
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 4 May 2022

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