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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 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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Arthur Edward Jeune "James" Collins (18 August 1885 – 11 November 1914), typically now known by his initials A. E. J. Collins, was an English cricketer and soldier. He held, for 116 years, the record of highest score in cricket: as a 13-year-old schoolboy, he scored 628 not out over four afternoons in June 1899. Collins's record-making innings drew a large crowd and increasing media interest; spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby were drawn away to watch the junior school house cricket match in which Collins was playing. Despite this achievement, Collins never played first-class cricket. Collins's 628 not out stood as the record score till January 2016 when an Indian boy, Pranav Dhanawade, scored 1009 in a single innings.

Collins joined the British Army in 1902 and studied at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, before becoming an officer in the Royal Engineers. He served in France during the First World War, where he was killed in action in 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres. Collins had been mentioned in despatches and also represented the Royal Military Academy at cricket and rugby union. (Full article...)

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 sixth for the highest number of centuries in a career along with Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar and Younis Khan, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid. (Full article...)

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  • 1924 - Jack MacBryan fields for two-and-three-quarter hours for England in the fourth Test against South Africa at Manchester. The rest of the three-day Test is then rained off and MacBryan, a specialist batsman, neither bowls nor bats and is never picked again for a Test match.
  • 1949 - Brian Close makes his Test debut, a record for the youngest Englishman to do so, at 18 years and 149 days old.
  • 1956 - Jim Laker takes 10-53 against Australia at Manchester, a bowling record.
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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 inning per side.

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

ICC Men's Test Team Rankings
1  New Zealand222,764126
2  India252,987119
3  Australia171,844108
4  England353,753107
5  Pakistan242,24794
6  South Africa191,67588
7  West Indies272,11478
8  Sri Lanka272,09578
9  Bangladesh1677949
10  Zimbabwe1134231
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 12 July 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
1  New Zealand172,054121
2  England323,793119
3  Australia252,945118
4  India303,471116
5  South Africa222,267103
6  Pakistan272,52493
7  Bangladesh292,63991
8  West Indies272,22282
9  Sri Lanka272,07177
10  Afghanistan171,05462
11  Netherlands733648
12  Ireland231,06746
13  Zimbabwe1764638
14  Scotland725837
15  Oman724034
16    Nepal511924
17  United Arab Emirates919021
18  Namibia69716
19  United States89312
20  Papua New Guinea500
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Updated on 18 July 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
1  Australia182,955164
2  England202,370119
3  South Africa242,828118
4  India232,535110
5  New Zealand211,94793
6  West Indies171,42784
7  Pakistan201,49675
8  Bangladesh530661
9  Sri Lanka1151947
10  Ireland22513
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 19 July 2021
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
1  England277,474277
2  India256,811272
3  New Zealand236,048263
4  Pakistan328,371261
5  Australia286,931248
6  South Africa245,874245
7  Afghanistan122,826236
8  West Indies286,581235
9  Sri Lanka163,607225
10  Bangladesh132,921225
11  Zimbabwe193,628191
12  Ireland183,388188
13    Nepal193,556187
14  Scotland112,035185
15  United Arab Emirates112,023184
16  Papua New Guinea142,501179
17  Netherlands203,504175
18  Oman101,732173
19  Namibia142,204157
20  Singapore121,678140
21  Qatar111,422129
22  Canada101,263126
23  Hong Kong131,572121
24  Jersey131,481114
25  Kenya8894112
26  Italy6663111
27  Kuwait8866108
28  Saudi Arabia4428107
29  Denmark6606101
30  Bermuda656895
31  Malaysia201,72386
32  Uganda1084785
33  Germany975984
34  United States864481
35  Botswana1078679
36  Nigeria537575
37  Guernsey964572
38  Norway535571
39  Austria1065065
40  Romania1382664
41  Spain845757
42  Bahrain422757
43  Belgium950256
44  Tanzania316756
45  Philippines524148
46  Mexico731345
47  Cayman Islands313244
48  Vanuatu1043544
49  Belize520942
50  Argentina520641
51  Peru517936
52  Malta1242435
53  Fiji310535
54  Malawi931235
55  Panama516232
56  Samoa515932
57  Costa Rica412632
58  Japan412632
59  Luxembourg1235830
60  Thailand717525
61  Bulgaria1331324
62  Portugal511924
63  Czech Republic1635622
64  Finland510621
65  South Korea47820
66  Mozambique917519
67  Isle of Man47719
68  Greece59419
69  Bhutan44712
70  Maldives7659
71  Saint Helena6559
72  Brazil5398
73  Chile5194
74  Gibraltar5133
75  Myanmar310
76  Serbia500
77  China400
78  Turkey300
79  Eswatini300
80  Rwanda300
81  Lesotho300
82  Indonesia300
References: ICC T20I rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 18 July 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
1  Australia318,967289
2  England3610,209284
3  India3810,146267
4  New Zealand287,474267
5  South Africa307,569252
6  West Indies296,962240
7  Pakistan306,778226
8  Sri Lanka183,631202
9  Bangladesh265,001192
10  Ireland172,885170
11  Thailand264,145159
12  Zimbabwe111,711156
13  Scotland142,056147
14    Nepal111,457132
15  Papua New Guinea111,423129
16  Samoa6749125
17  United Arab Emirates111,330121
18  Uganda131,563120
19  Tanzania111,191108
20  Indonesia131,12987
21  Kenya141,17984
22  Netherlands1083283
23  Namibia221,61373
24  Hong Kong1387567
25  Germany1172766
26  China1169863
27  Brazil1159954
28  Vanuatu632454
29  Japan526052
30  France314348
31  Rwanda1675147
32  United States418647
33  Belize626945
34  Argentina939844
35  Myanmar521242
36  Kuwait833742
37  Sierra Leone624541
38  Malaysia1768740
39  Jersey416040
40  Botswana1544730
41  Nigeria1541828
42  Oman923326
43  Bhutan49123
44  South Korea47318
45  Malawi1015816
46  Chile1012412
47  Singapore66110
48  Costa Rica76810
49  Mozambique12817
50  Mexico7335
51  Austria891
52  Norway300
53  Lesotho300
54  Fiji600
55  Mali300
56  Peru800
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 15 July 2021


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