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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.

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Donald Bradman

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Bradman's meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.

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Brian Lara is a former cricketer and captain of the West Indies cricket team. He was a skilled batsman, and was known for his ability to bat for long and high-scoring innings. From his debut in international cricket in 1990 to his retirement in 2007, Lara scored 11,953 runs in Tests and 10,405 in One Day Internationals (ODI), accumulating a total of 53 centuries. His accomplishments with the bat saw him chosen as the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year in 1994, as well as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1995.

Lara scored a Test century for the first time in his fifth Test match in 1993 against Australia. His score of 277 in that match is the fourth-highest maiden century in Test history. The 375 he made against England in 1994 was the highest individual Test score for nine years, until Matthew Hayden surpassed it in 2003. Lara regained the world record in 2004 when he made an unbeaten 400, once again against England. It is also the only quadruple century in Test cricket. The unbeaten 153 he scored against Australia in 1999 was rated as the second-best Test innings of all time by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2001. He has scored more than 200 runs on nine occasions, the highest after Donald Bradman. Alongside Sir Donald Bradman, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle, he is one of four batsmen who have scored triple centuries on two occasions. Lara scored 34 centuries during his Test career, the highest number by a West Indian player. He is ranked third for the highest number of centuries in a career along with Sunil Gavaskar and Jacques Kallis, behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. Read more...


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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
RankTeamMatchesPointsRating
1 India425,046120
2 Australia404,320108
3 New Zealand333,449105
4 South Africa313,177102
5 England454,593102
6 Sri Lanka433,93592
7 Pakistan332,79585
8 West Indies332,67581
9 Bangladesh261,56660
10 Afghanistan419549
11 Zimbabwe914016
12 Ireland300
Reference: Cricinfo rankings page, ICC Rankings, 6 January 2020
"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
RankTeamMatchesPointsRating
1 England546,745125
2 India617,364121
3 New Zealand434,837112
4 Australia505,543111
5 South Africa475,193110
6 Pakistan515,01998
7 Bangladesh463,96386
8 Sri Lanka564,52081
9 West Indies554,37279
10 Afghanistan432,44057
11 Ireland291,46651
12 Zimbabwe351,53844
13 Netherlands622237
14 Scotland1553436
15 Namibia818323
16 Oman817422
17   Nepal815219
18 United States811514
19 United Arab Emirates1514410
20 Papua New Guinea1700
Reference: Cricinfo Rankings page,ICC ODI rankings 22 December 2019
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. See points calculations for more details.
ICC T20I Championship
RankTeamMatchesPointsRating
1 Pakistan318366270
2 Australia266986269
3 England215568265
4 South Africa184720262
5 India4110645260
6 New Zealand246056252
7 Afghanistan235422236
8 Sri Lanka296830236
9 Bangladesh235212227
10 West Indies306757225
11 Zimbabwe214082194
12   Nepal214000190
13 Scotland234310187
14 Ireland366630184
15 United Arab Emirates264781184
16 Netherlands315547179
17 Oman183187177
18 Papua New Guinea305277176
19 Namibia253829153
20 Hong Kong192726144
21 Singapore222954134
22 Qatar212749131
23 Canada192399126
24 Saudi Arabia111331121
25 Jersey252848114
26 Italy121326111
27 Kenya181952108
28 Kuwait131354104
29 Denmark141438103
30 Bermuda13120292
31 Germany18152785
32 United States15120881
33 Botswana19149479
34 Ghana1077377
35 Uganda14106976
36 Norway1070971
37 Guernsey16112770
38 Austria1177270
39 Malaysia26177268
40 Nigeria16105866
41 Romania849562
42 Sweden846558
43 Tanzania633456
44 Spain1687355
45 Cayman Islands843054
46 Philippines943348
47 Argentina1777145
48 France626745
49 Vanuatu2086943
50 Belize937742
51 Luxembourg1039439
52 Bahrain726137
53 Peru1345835
54 Fiji621035
55 Malawi1862435
56 Panama929132
57 Belgium929032
58 Samoa1031832
59 Japan1031732
60 Costa Rica825232
61 Mexico1752031
62 Hungary618030
63 Bulgaria823129
64 Czech Republic1747828
65 Thailand1436926
66 Israel717325
67 Portugal921524
68 Finland1329623
69 Bhutan818023
70 South Korea1021722
71 Isle of Man714921
72 Mozambique1834919
73 Chile1426519
74 Sierra Leone56112
75 Brazil1314311
76 Maldives1111410
77 Saint Helena121099
78 Malta131088
79 Myanmar9233
80 Indonesia730
81 Gibraltar1200
82 Lesotho600
83 Rwanda600
84 Eswatini600
85 Gambia600
86 China1100
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 11 January 2020
"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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