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A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman during a game of cricket.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players. It is set on a cricket field centred on a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with two wickets each comprising a bail balanced on three stumps. For each phase of play, or innings, a batting side tries to score as many runs as possible after striking the cricket ball thrown at the wicket (or delivery) with the bat, while a bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player (so they are "out"). Means of dismissal can include being bowled, when the ball directly 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 end and the teams swap roles. The side with the most runs generally wins, though there are exceptions where the game is drawn instead. 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 (one per team) who record all the match's statistical information.
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Sid Barnes

Sidney George Barnes (5 June 1916 – 16 December 1973) was an Australian cricketer and cricket writer, who played 13 Test matches between 1938 and 1948. Able to open the innings or bat down the order, Barnes was regarded as one of Australia's finest batsmen in the period immediately following the Second World War. He helped create an enduring record when scoring 234 in the second Test against England at Sydney in December 1946; exactly the same score as his captain, Don Bradman, in the process setting a world-record 405 run fifth wicket partnership. Barnes averaged 63.05 over 19 innings in a career that, like those of most of his contemporaries, was interrupted by the Second World War.

He made his first-class début at the end of the 1936–37 season when selected for New South Wales and was later included in the team for the 1938 Australian tour of England, making his Test début in the final international of the series. On the resumption of Test cricket after the war, he was picked as the opening partner to Arthur Morris. Barnes was a member of The Invincibles, the 1948 Australian team that toured England without losing a single match. Retiring from cricket at the end of that tour, Barnes attempted a comeback to Test cricket in the 1951–52 season that was ultimately and controversially unsuccessful.

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These were the 10 squads picked to take part in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, the fourth instalment of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament. The tournament was held in India from 7 October to 5 November 2006. Teams could name a preliminary squad of 30, but only 14-man squads were permitted for the actual tournament, and these had to be submitted by 7 September, one month before the start of the tournament.

Several of the squads were changed during or before the tournament due to injuries or suspensions; Pakistan changed their captains three times before the tournament had begun, and also sent home two players due to doping allegations. Both India and Zimbabwe had to replace a player during the tournament, which required the permission of the International Cricket Council's Technical Committee. Read more...

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The captains of the sixteen countries of the 2007 Cricket World Cup assemble together.
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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 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 29 3,634 125
2  South Africa 35 3,712 106
3  Australia 33 3,499 106
4  New Zealand 23 2,354 102
5  England 39 3,772 97
6  Sri Lanka 38 3,668 97
7  Pakistan 21 1,853 88
8  West Indies 29 2,235 77
9  Bangladesh 19 1,268 67
10  Zimbabwe 8 12 2
 Ireland* 1 0 0
 Afghanistan* 1 0 0
*Countries that have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking
Reference: ICC Rankings, 23 July 2018
"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 51 6,470 127
2  India 48 5,819 121
3  New Zealand 41 4,602 112
4  South Africa 39 4,245 110
5  Pakistan 37 3,844 104
6  Australia 37 3,699 100
7  Bangladesh 27 2,477 92
8  Sri Lanka 48 3,818 80
9  West Indies 32 2,217 69
10  Afghanistan 28 1,758 63
11  Zimbabwe 42 2,242 53
12  Ireland 20 766 38
13  Scotland 16 535 33
14  United Arab Emirates 13 236 18
 Netherlands* 6
   Nepal* 6
*Netherlands and Nepal have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking; eight matches are needed to qualify.
"Matches" is the no. matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
Reference: ICC Rankings, 12 August 2018
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 30 3,972 132
2  India 37 4,601 124
3  Australia 21 2,570 122
4  England 21 2,448 117
5  New Zealand 22 2,542 116
6  South Africa 18 2,058 114
7  West Indies 21 2,219 106
8  Afghanistan 25 2,287 91
9  Sri Lanka 27 2,287 85
10  Bangladesh 27 2,066 77
11  Scotland 15 927 62
12  Zimbabwe 18 1,006 56
13  United Arab Emirates 12 608 51
14  Netherlands 12 598 50
15  Hong Kong 10 420 42
16  Oman 7 270 39
17  Ireland 17 589 35
   Nepal* 4 105 26
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 6 August 2018
"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.
*Nepal have not played enough matches to have an official ranking


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