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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.

Stuart Broad relishes return to bowling

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Stuart Broad has described thoroughly enjoying his return to bowling for the first time in more than two months, despite pulling up weary afterwards.England seamer Broad was one of 18 bowlers to return to individual training programmes at venues around the country last Thursday and Friday amid a slight easing …

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SLC’s new stadium project suspended after backlash

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s new stadium project in Colombo, which was proposed only several days ago, has been suspended, following the Sri Lanka government’s rowing back of its commitment to its construction.Although on Sunday, government minister Bandula Gunawardana appeared with Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Shammi Silva to announce the construction of …

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Is Sourav Ganguly eyeing ICC chairman position?

9:39 PM ISTNagraj GollapudiCloseNews editor, ESPNcricinfoNagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfoFirdose MoondaIs Sourav Ganguly a dark horse to replace his countryman Shashank Manohar, the outgoing ICC chairman?Ever since it emerged that Manohar would not stand for another term after his tenure ends with the ICC annual conference in July, …

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England Women could follow men into training within weeks

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England’s women’s squad could return to training within weeks in hopes of playing their international series against India and South Africa behind closed doors this season.Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of women’s cricket, said a planned return of elite women’s players was “hopefully just a few weeks away” following …

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CSA braced for just ‘half a season’ in 2020-21

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Cricket South Africa is preparing for four different scenarios ahead of the 2020-21 summer with the most likely being a reduced domestic season, with matches expected to be played behind closed doors. The Mzansi Super League (MSL) remains a priority but CSA is reluctant to play the tournament behind closed …

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