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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 ends 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.

Adam Zampa wants to be more than a white-ball specialist

Australia legspinner Adam Zampa wants to change the perception of him as a limited-overs specialist as he targets more opportunities to develop in the longer format.After losing his place during the World Cup, Zampa reasserted himself as Australia’s premier white-ball spinner during the 2019-20 season, but is desperate for the …

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Vernon Philander’s Kolpak deal at Somerset cancelled

Somerset have announced that Vernon Philander’s contract with the club has been cancelled by mutual consent.Philander, who played his final Test match for South Africa against England in January after announcing his retirement from international cricket, had signed a two-year deal with the county on a Kolpak registration.All existing Kolpak …

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Ewie Cronje dies aged 80

Ewie Cronje, the former Free State Cricket president and father of the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje has died. Cronje was suffering from stomach cancer. He was 80.Cronje played 27 first-class matches for Free State between 1960 and 1971 but was better known for his time in administration. He …

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Afghanistan’s Shafiqullah banned for six years

After admitting to the charges of corruption issued against him by the Afghanistan Cricket Board, including one that said he was trying to fix a match in the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League, wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah has been banned from all cricket-related activities for six years. An ACB release on Sunday mentioned …

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Jhye Richardson undergoes further shoulder surgery

Jhye Richardson, the Australia fast bowler, has undergone further surgery to stabilise the shoulder he dislocated last year which led to him missing the World Cup and Ashes tour.Richardson suffered the original injury in the second ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah last March when he dived in the outfield. It …

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