Still trying to figure out cricket. It's not as easy as one might let you think. For instance, here's the intro on wikipedia:
, a player from the fielding team, bowls
a hard, fist-sized cricket ball
from the vicinity of one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching the batsman
, a player from the opposing team. In defence of the wicket, the batsman plays the ball with a wooden cricket bat
. Meanwhile, the other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders
, players who retrieve the ball in an effort to stop the batsman scoring runs, and if possible to get him or her out
. The batsman — if he or she does not get out — may run between the wickets, exchanging ends with a second batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been waiting near the bowler's wicket. Each completed exchange of ends scores one run
. Runs are also scored if the batsman hits the ball to the boundary
of the playing area. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.
Sounds pretty easy doesn't it? Well keep reading:
The aim of the bowler's team is to get each batsman out
(this is called a "taking a wicket", or a "dismissal").
Dismissals are achieved in a variety of ways
. The most direct way is for the bowler to bowl the ball so that the batsman misses it and it hits the stumps
, dislodging a bail
. While the batsmen are attempting a run, the fielders may dismiss either batsman by using the ball to knock the bails off the set of stumps to which the batsman is closest before he has grounded himself or his bat in the crease
. Other ways for the fielding side to dismiss a batsman include catching
the ball off the bat before it touches the ground, or having the batsman adjudged "leg before wicket
" (abbreviated "L.B.W." or "lbw") if the ball strikes the batsman's body and would have gone on to hit the wicket.
Once the batsmen are not attempting to score any more runs, the ball is "dead", and is bowled again (each attempt at bowling the ball is referred to as a "ball" or a "delivery").
The game is divided into overs
of six (legal) balls. At the end of an over another bowler from the fielding side bowls from the opposite end of the pitch. The two umpires also change positions between overs (the umpire previously at square-leg becomes the bowler's umpire at what is now the bowling end, and vice versa
). The fielders also usually change positions between overs.
Once out, a batsman is replaced by the next batsman in the team's line-up. (The batting side can reorder their line-up at any time, but no batsman may bat twice in one innings.) The innings
(singular) of the batting team ends when the tenth batsman is given out, leaving one batsman not out but without a partner. When this happens, the team is said to be "all out". (In limited overs cricket
ends either when the batting team is all out or a predetermined number of overs has been bowled.) At the end of an innings, the two teams exchange roles, and the side that has been fielding bats.
A team's score is reported in terms of the number of runs scored and the number of batsmen that have been dismissed. For example, if five batsmen are out and the team has scored 224 runs, they are said to have scored 224 for the loss of 5 wickets (commonly shortened to "224 for five" and written 224/5 or, in Australia, "five for 224" and 5/224).