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The aim of cricket

The aim of cricket

Cricket is basically a simple game - score more than the opposition.

Two teams, both with 11 players, take it in turns to bat and bowl.

When one team is batting, they try and score as many runs as they can by hitting the ball around an oval field.

The other team must get them out by bowling the ball overarm at the stumps, which are at either end of a 22-yard area called a wicket.

The bowling team can get the batsmen out by hitting the stumps or catching the ball.

Once the batting team is all out, the teams swap over and they then become the bowling side.

Each time a team bats it is known as their innings. Teams can have one or two innings depending on how long there is to play.

The Ashes Test matches are over five days so England and Australia have two innings each to score as many runs as they can.

Whoever scores the most runs wins. But a cricket match can be drawn too.

That happens when the team bowling last fails to get all the batsmen out.

see also
How runs are scored
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
The field of play
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
LBW explained
08 Nov 06 |  Laws & Equipment
Understanding the no-ball law
29 Aug 10 |  Laws & Equipment
When is a 'wide ball' called?
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
Understanding byes and leg byes
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment

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