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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 a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) 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 (and running between the wickets), while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this (by preventing the ball from leaving the field, and getting the ball to either wicket) and dismiss each batter (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 either catching the ball after it is hit by the bat and before it hits the ground, or hitting a wicket with the ball before a batter can cross the crease in front of the wicket. When ten batters 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.

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Bernard Bosanquet

Bernard James Tindal Bosanquet (13 October 1877 – 12 October 1936) was an English cricketer best known for inventing the googly, a delivery designed to deceive the batsman. When bowled, it appears to be a leg break, but after pitching the ball turns in the opposite direction to that which is expected, behaving as an off break instead. Bosanquet, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex between 1898 and 1919, appeared in seven Test matches for England as an all-rounder. He was chosen as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1905.

Bosanquet played cricket for Eton College from 1891 to 1896, before gaining his Blue at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a moderately successful batsman who bowled at fast-medium pace for Oxford University between 1898 and 1900. As a student, he made several appearances for Middlesex and achieved a regular place in the county side as an amateur. While playing a tabletop game, Bosanquet devised a new technique for delivering a ball, later named the "googly", which he practised during his time at Oxford. He first used it in cricket matches around 1900, abandoning his faster style of bowling, but it was not until 1903, when he had a successful season with the ball, that his new delivery began to attract attention. Having gone on several minor overseas tours, Bosanquet was selected in 1903–04 for the fully representative Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour of Australia. During that tour, he made his Test debut for England and although he largely failed as a batsman, he performed well as a bowler and troubled all the opposing batsmen with his googly. ( Full article...)

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These were the 10 squads picked to take part in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, the fourth instalment of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament. The tournament was held in India from 7 October to 5 November 2006. Teams could name a preliminary squad of 30, but only 14-man squads were permitted for the actual tournament, and these had to be submitted by 7 September, one month before the start of the tournament.

Several of the squads were changed during or before the tournament due to injuries or suspensions; Pakistan changed their captains three times before the tournament had begun, and also sent home two players due to doping allegations. Both India and Zimbabwe had to replace a player during the tournament, which required the permission of the International Cricket Council's Technical Committee. ( Full article...)


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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 inning per side.

Twenty20 International cricket is played over 20 overs, with one inning per side.

ICC Men's Test Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1   New Zealand 21 2,593 123
2   India 24 2,914 121
3   Australia 17 1,844 108
4   England 35 3,753 107
5   Pakistan 24 2,247 94
6   West Indies 24 2,024 84
7   South Africa 16 1,273 80
8   Sri Lanka 27 2,095 78
9   Bangladesh 15 694 46
10   Zimbabwe 10 346 35
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 13 June 2021
"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 Men's ODI Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1   New Zealand 17 2,054 121
2   Australia 25 2,945 118
3   India 29 3,344 115
4   England 27 3,100 115
5   South Africa 20 2,137 107
6   Pakistan 24 2,323 97
7   Bangladesh 27 2,438 90
8   West Indies 27 2,222 82
9   Sri Lanka 24 1,876 78
10   Afghanistan 17 1,054 62
11   Netherlands 7 336 48
12   Ireland 21 897 43
13   Zimbabwe 15 588 39
14   Scotland 7 258 37
15   Oman 7 240 34
16     Nepal 5 119 24
17   United Arab Emirates 9 190 21
18   Namibia 6 97 16
19   United States 8 93 12
20   Papua New Guinea 5 0 0
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Updated on 7 June 2021
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 Women's ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1   Australia 18 2,955 164
2   South Africa 24 2,828 118
3   England 17 1,993 117
4   India 20 2,226 111
5   New Zealand 21 1,947 93
6   West Indies 12 1,025 85
7   Pakistan 15 1,101 73
8   Bangladesh 5 306 61
9   Sri Lanka 11 519 47
10   Ireland 2 25 13
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 11 April 2021
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1   England 22 6,088 277
2   India 25 6,811 272
3   New Zealand 23 6,048 263
4   Pakistan 30 7,818 261
5   Australia 23 5,930 258
6   South Africa 19 4,703 248
7   Afghanistan 12 2,826 236
8   Sri Lanka 13 2,957 227
9   Bangladesh 13 2,921 225
10   West Indies 18 3,992 222
11   Zimbabwe 19 3,628 191
12   Ireland 18 3,388 188
13     Nepal 19 3,556 187
14   Scotland 11 2,035 185
15   United Arab Emirates 11 2,023 184
16   Papua New Guinea 14 2,501 179
17   Netherlands 20 3,504 175
18   Oman 10 1,732 173
19   Namibia 14 2,204 157
20   Singapore 12 1,678 140
21   Qatar 11 1,422 129
22   Canada 10 1,263 126
23   Hong Kong 13 1,572 121
24   Jersey 13 1,481 114
25   Kenya 8 894 112
26   Italy 6 663 111
27   Kuwait 8 866 108
28   Saudi Arabia 4 428 107
29   Denmark 6 606 101
30   Bermuda 6 568 95
31   Malaysia 20 1,723 86
32   Uganda 10 847 85
33   Germany 9 759 84
34   United States 8 644 81
35   Botswana 10 786 79
36   Nigeria 5 375 75
37   Guernsey 9 645 72
38   Norway 5 355 71
39   Austria 10 650 65
40   Spain 8 457 57
41   Bahrain 4 227 57
42   Romania 8 453 57
43   Belgium 9 502 56
44   Tanzania 3 167 56
45   Philippines 5 241 48
46   Mexico 7 313 45
47   Cayman Islands 3 132 44
48   Vanuatu 10 435 44
49   Belize 5 209 42
50   Argentina 5 206 41
51   Peru 5 179 36
52   Fiji 3 105 35
53   Malawi 9 312 35
54   Panama 5 162 32
55   Samoa 5 159 32
56   Costa Rica 4 126 32
57   Japan 4 126 32
58   Malta 7 214 31
59   Luxembourg 12 358 30
60   Thailand 7 175 25
61   Portugal 5 119 24
62   Czech Republic 16 356 22
63   Finland 5 106 21
64   South Korea 4 78 20
65   Mozambique 9 175 19
66   Isle of Man 4 77 19
67   Bulgaria 9 159 18
68   Bhutan 4 47 12
69   Maldives 7 65 9
70   Saint Helena 6 55 9
71   Brazil 5 39 8
72   Chile 5 19 4
73   Gibraltar 5 13 3
74   Myanmar 3 1 0
75   China 4 0 0
76   Turkey 3 0 0
77   Eswatini 3 0 0
78   Rwanda 3 0 0
79   Lesotho 3 0 0
80   Indonesia 3 0 0
References: ICC T20I rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 6 June 2021
"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.
ICC Women's T20I Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1   Australia 31 8,967 289
2   England 33 9,538 284
3   India 35 9,344 267
4   New Zealand 28 7,474 267
5   South Africa 30 7,569 252
6   West Indies 26 6,126 236
7   Pakistan 27 6,216 230
8   Sri Lanka 18 3,631 202
9   Bangladesh 26 5,001 192
10   Ireland 17 2,885 170
11   Thailand 26 4,145 159
12   Zimbabwe 11 1,711 156
13   Scotland 14 2,056 147
14     Nepal 11 1,457 132
15   Papua New Guinea 11 1,423 129
16   Samoa 6 749 125
17   United Arab Emirates 11 1,330 121
18   Uganda 13 1,563 120
19   Tanzania 11 1,191 108
20   Indonesia 13 1,129 87
21   Kenya 14 1,179 84
22   Netherlands 10 832 83
23   Namibia 22 1,613 73
24   Hong Kong 13 875 67
25   Germany 11 727 66
26   China 11 698 63
27   Brazil 11 599 54
28   Vanuatu 6 324 54
29   Japan 5 260 52
30   France 3 143 48
31   Rwanda 16 751 47
32   United States 4 186 47
33   Belize 6 269 45
34   Argentina 9 398 44
35   Myanmar 5 212 42
36   Kuwait 8 337 42
37   Sierra Leone 6 245 41
38   Malaysia 17 687 40
39   Jersey 4 160 40
40   Botswana 15 447 30
41   Nigeria 15 418 28
42   Oman 9 233 26
43   Bhutan 4 91 23
44   South Korea 4 73 18
45   Malawi 10 158 16
46   Chile 10 124 12
47   Singapore 6 61 10
48   Costa Rica 7 68 10
49   Mozambique 12 81 7
50   Mexico 7 43 5
51   Austria 8 9 1
52   Norway 3 0 0
53   Lesotho 3 0 0
54   Fiji 6 0 0
55   Mali 3 0 0
56   Peru 8 0 0
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 12 June 2021

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