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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 end 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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Bernard Bosanquet

Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet (13 October 1877 – 12 October 1936) was an English cricketer best known for inventing the googly, a delivery designed to deceive the batsman. When bowled, it appears to be a leg break, but after pitching the ball turns in the opposite direction to that which is expected, behaving as an off break instead. Bosanquet, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex between 1898 and 1919, appeared in seven Test matches for England as an all-rounder. He was chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1905.

Bosanquet played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a moderately successful batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900. As a student, he made several appearances for Middlesex and achieved a regular place in the county side as an amateur. While playing a tabletop game, Bosanquet devised a new technique for delivering a ball, later named the "googly", which he practised during his time at Oxford. He first used it in cricket matches around 1900, abandoning his faster style of bowling, but it was not until 1903, when he had a successful season with the ball, that his new delivery began to attract attention. Having gone on several minor overseas tours, Bosanquet was selected in 1903–04 for the fully representative Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour of Australia. During that tour, he made his Test debut for England and although he largely failed as a batsman, he performed well as a bowler and troubled all the opposing batsmen with his googly.

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The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. The series have varied in length, consisting of between one and seven Test matches, but since 1998 have been consistently five matches. It is one of sport's most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882. It is generally played biennially, alternating between the United Kingdom and Australia. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes, having clinched the 2017-18 series in the third test in Perth.

Although the first Test series played between England and Australia was in the 1876–77 season, the Ashes originated from the solitary Test which the two nations contested in 1882. England lost the match, played at The Oval, and a mock obituary was posted in The Sporting Times, declaring the death of English cricket. It stated that: "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." The Honourable Ivo Bligh adopted the term and, as captain of the English party that travelled to Australia the following winter, promised to bring the "Ashes" home. 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 38 4,397 116
2  South Africa 35 3,712 106
3  England 45 4,772 105
4  New Zealand 23 2,354 102
5  Australia 36 3,663 102
6  Sri Lanka 38 3,668 97
7  Pakistan 24 2,271 95
8  West Indies 32 2,432 76
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, 19 October 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 55 6,916 126
2  India 56 6,739 120
3  New Zealand 41 4,602 112
4  South Africa 42 4,635 110
5  Pakistan 41 4,145 101
6  Australia 37 3,699 100
7  Bangladesh 36 3,342 93
8  Sri Lanka 54 4,240 79
9  West Indies 35 2,545 73
10  Afghanistan 36 2,394 67
11  Zimbabwe 48 2,545 52
12  Ireland 23 904 39
13  Scotland 16 535 33
14  United Arab Emirates 14 298 21
 Netherlands* 6
   Nepal* 7
*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, 28 October 2018
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 36 4,979 138
2  India 38 4,758 125
3  Australia 25 2,953 118
4  England 22 2,586 118
5  New Zealand 25 2,803 112
6  South Africa 21 2,334 111
7  West Indies 22 2,293 104
8  Afghanistan 27 2,490 92
9  Sri Lanka 29 2,518 87
10  Bangladesh 27 2,066 77
11  Scotland 15 927 62
12  Zimbabwe 20 1,097 55
13  United Arab Emirates 13 649 50
14  Netherlands 12 598 50
15  Hong Kong 10 420 42
16  Oman 7 270 39
17  Ireland 19 638 34
   Nepal* 4 105 26
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 4 November 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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