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A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman during a game of cricket
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 on an oval-shaped field, usually between 150 and 200 yards in diameter, at the centre of which lies a 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible, while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings. In professional cricket, the length of a game ranges from 20 overs of six bowling deliveries per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches ("Tests") and One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. The ICC, the game's governing body, has ten full members. The game is popular in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies, Southern Africa and England.

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Sid Barnes
Sid Barnes (1916–1973) 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 most of his contemporaries, was interrupted by the Second World War. Barnes had a reputation as an eccentric and was frequently the subject of controversy. This included a celebrated libel case, following his exclusion from the national team in 1951–52 for "reasons other than cricket ability". He was later involved in an incident where, acting as twelfth man, he performed his duties on the ground in a suit and tie (rather than 'whites'), carrying a bizarre range of superfluous items. Despite this reputation, Barnes was a shrewd businessman who used the opportunities afforded by cricket to supplement his income through trading, journalism and property development.

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Gavaskar has scored the third-highest number of centuries in Tests for India.

Sunil Gavaskar is a former international cricketer who represented and captained the Indian cricket team. In a career spanning over 16 years he made 35 centuries (100 or more runs) at the international level. Described as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and scored 10,122 runs. Gavaskar's record of 34 Test centuries stood for almost two decades before Tendulkar surpassed it in December 2005. He was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1971 and as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1980. In February 2012, the International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted him into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. As of 2012, he is the third-highest run scorer for India in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Making his Test debut against the West Indies in March 1971, Gavaskar scored his first century in the third Test of the same series. In the final Test at Port of Spain he scored centuries in both innings of the match with scores of 124 and 220, becoming the second Indian player to perform the feat. He became the first player to score two centuries in a Test match for the third time, when he made 107 and 182 not out in a match against the West Indies in December 1978. Gavaskar's highest Test score of 236 not out came against the West Indies at Chennai in 1983, an Indian record at that time. He has scored 150 or more runs in a Test match innings on twelve occasions. Gavaskar was most successful against the West Indies and Australia scoring 13 and 8 centuries respectively.

Gavaskar made his One Day International (ODI) debut against England at Headingley in 1974. (Full list...)

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The captains of the sixteen countries of the 2007 Cricket World Cup assemble together.
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  • 1977 - India is bowled out for 83 in the second innings of the 3rd Test against England in Madras, a record low innings score at the time[1]

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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 40 4,969 124
2  South Africa 35 3,888 111
3  Australia 40 4,174 104
4  New Zealand 35 3,489 100
5  England 49 4,829 99
6  Sri Lanka 43 4,058 94
7  Pakistan 34 2,988 88
8  West Indies 36 2,606 72
9  Bangladesh 23 1,651 72
10  Zimbabwe 14 12 1
Reference: ICC Rankings, 8 January 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  South Africa 53 6,386 120
2  India 56 6,680 119
3  New Zealand 57 6,650 117
4  England 56 6,483 116
5  Australia 54 6,077 113
6  Pakistan 51 4,875 96
7  Bangladesh 36 3,349 93
8  Sri Lanka 69 5,674 82
9  West Indies 43 3,260 76
10  Zimbabwe 43 2,305 55
11  Afghanistan 41 2,129 52
12  Ireland 28 1,240 44
Reference: ICC Rankings, 19 January 2018
"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.
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  New Zealand 18 2,262 126
2  Pakistan 23 2,843 124
3  India 28 3,385 121
4  England 17 2,029 119
5  West Indies 22 2,538 115
6  South Africa 20 2,238 112
7  Australia 15 1,665 111
8  Sri Lanka 27 2,385 88
9  Afghanistan 25 2,157 86
10  Bangladesh 17 1,289 76
11  Scotland 11 737 67
12  Zimbabwe 13 842 65
13  United Arab Emirates 16 827 52
14  Netherlands 9 441 49
15  Hong Kong 13 599 46
16  Papua New Guinea 6 235 39
17  Oman 9 345 38
18  Ireland 15 534 36
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women, 3 January 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.


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