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Last Updated: Thursday February 24 2005 11:27 GMT

Basics

AB de Villiers

There are 11 players in a cricket team. One team bats, the other fields. Then they swap over.

A player called a bowler carries the ball towards two sets of wooden sticks called stumps, which are 22 yards apart at either end of a piece of ground called the wicket.

The bowler's job is to let go of the ball and try and direct it towards one set of stumps, hoping it will hit them and knock tiny pieces of wood, called bails, off the top of them.

A player from the opposing team, called a batsman, stands to one side of the set of the stumps the bowler is aiming at, waiting for them to deliver the ball.

The batsman tries to stop the ball hitting the stumps, using a piece of wood called a bat.



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