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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game that is 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. Two players from the batting team (the striker and nonstriker) stand in front of either wicket, with one player from the fielding team (the bowler) bowling the ball towards the striker's wicket from the opposite end of the pitch. The striker's goal is to hit the bowled ball and then switch places with the nonstriker, with the batting team scoring one run for each exchange. Runs are also scored when the ball reaches or crosses the boundary of the field or when the ball is bowled illegally.

The most successful side playing international cricket is Australia, which has won eight One Day International trophies, including six World Cups, more than any other country and has been the top-rated Test side more than any other country.[citation needed]

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Sid Barnes

Sidney George Barnes (5 June 1916 – 16 December 1973) was an Australian cricketer and cricket writer, who played 13 Test matches between 1938 and 1948. Able to open the innings or bat down the order, Barnes was regarded as one of Australia's finest batsmen in the period immediately following World War II. He helped create an enduring record when scoring 234 in the second Test against England at Sydney in December 1946; exactly the same score as his captain, Don Bradman, in the process setting a world-record 405-run fifth wicket partnership. Barnes averaged 63.05 over 19 innings in a career that, like those of most of his contemporaries, was interrupted by World War II.

He made his first-class debut at the end of the 1936–37 season when selected for New South Wales, and he was later included in the team for the 1938 Australian tour of England, making his Test debut in the final international of the series. On the resumption of Test cricket after the war, he was picked as the opening partner to Arthur Morris. Barnes was a member of The Invincibles, the 1948 Australian team that toured England without losing a single match. Retiring from cricket at the end of that tour, Barnes attempted a comeback to Test cricket in the 1951–52 season that was ultimately and controversially unsuccessful. (Full article...)

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  • 1871 - Tom Hayward, leading professional batsman from the years before the First World War and scorer of then-record tally of 3518 runs in the 1906 season, is born at Cambridge
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  • 1994 - Australian captain Allan Border retires after being out for 45 runs at Durban. Border held numerous career records: top run scorer (11,174 runs); most Test matches played (156); batted in more Test innings than any other player (265); captained Australia 93 times (all consecutive).

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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
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 38 4,636 122
2  Australia 40 4,798 120
3  England 49 5,443 111
4  South Africa 27 2,671 99
5  New Zealand 32 3,140 98
6  Pakistan 29 2,576 89
7  West Indies 31 2,505 81
8  Sri Lanka 28 2,212 79
9  Bangladesh 22 1,131 51
10  Zimbabwe 7 223 32
11  Ireland 6 58 10
12  Afghanistan 5 0 0
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 11 March 2024
"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.
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 58 7,020 121
2  Australia 45 5,309 118
3  South Africa 37 4,062 110
4  Pakistan 36 3,922 109
5  New Zealand 46 4,708 102
6  England 41 3,934 96
7  Sri Lanka 55 4,947 90
8  Bangladesh 50 4,417 88
9  Afghanistan 35 2,845 81
10  West Indies 44 3,109 71
11  Zimbabwe 34 1,706 50
12  Ireland 29 1,355 47
13  Scotland 36 1,664 46
14  Netherlands 41 1,639 40
15    Nepal 49 1,675 34
16  Namibia 32 1,064 33
17  Canada 11 359 33
18  United States 31 808 26
19  Oman 24 525 22
20  United Arab Emirates 44 542 12
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Last updated 18 March 2024
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 29 4,716 163
2  England 23 2,991 130
3  South Africa 27 3,152 117
4  India 21 2,004 95
5  New Zealand 24 2,262 94
6  West Indies 20 1,768 88
7  Sri Lanka 9 714 79
8  Bangladesh 19 1,505 79
9  Thailand 11 753 68
10  Pakistan 27 1,843 68
11  Ireland 19 675 36
12  Netherlands 9 94 10
13  Zimbabwe 12 122 10
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 26 March 2024
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 71 18,867 266
2  England 48 12,305 256
3  Australia 45 11,460 255
4  New Zealand 63 15,994 254
5  Pakistan 58 14,454 249
6  South Africa 37 9,210 249
7  West Indies 47 11,503 245
8  Sri Lanka 47 11,006 234
9  Bangladesh 49 11,103 227
10  Afghanistan 43 9,357 218
11  Ireland 50 9,718 194
12  Zimbabwe 53 10,222 193
13  Namibia 34 6,534 192
14  Scotland 21 3,987 190
15  Netherlands 23 4,277 186
16  United Arab Emirates 41 7,137 174
17    Nepal 35 6,068 173
18  Oman 27 4,159 154
19  Papua New Guinea 30 4,368 146
20  Canada 18 2,528 140
21  Hong Kong 38 5,158 136
22  Uganda 69 9,181 133
23  United States 9 1,183 131
24  Jersey 19 2,427 128
25  Malaysia 48 6,002 125
26  Kuwait 33 3,896 118
27  Bahrain 41 4,760 116
28  Qatar 21 2,319 110
29  Bermuda 14 1,494 107
30  Kenya 47 4,978 106
31  Saudi Arabia 29 3,009 104
32  Italy 17 1,712 101
33  Tanzania 55 5,149 94
34  Spain 18 1,649 92
35  Germany 33 3,022 92
36  Nigeria 32 2,468 77
37  Singapore 33 2,507 76
38  Guernsey 16 1,212 76
39  Portugal 16 1,167 73
40  Cayman Islands 11 790 72
41  Denmark 23 1,622 71
42  Cambodia 18 1,239 69
43  Belgium 18 1,237 69
44  Isle of Man 15 949 63
45  Vanuatu 20 1,196 60
46  Austria 29 1,682 58
47  Norway 15 852 57
48  Botswana 29 1,543 53
49  Finland 18 953 53
50   Switzerland 16 835 52
51  Malawi 19 933 49
52  Japan 25 1,222 49
53  Czech Republic 24 1,101 46
54  France 16 730 46
55  Sweden 18 759 42
56  Indonesia 26 1,092 42
57  Philippines 17 698 41
58  Romania 28 1,149 41
59  Cook Islands 6 245 41
60  Argentina 11 424 39
61  Mozambique 24 864 36
62  Malta 44 1,535 35
63  Rwanda 70 2,255 32
64  Ghana 33 1,010 31
65  Fiji 10 304 30
66  Thailand 22 620 28
67  Luxembourg 30 845 28
68  Sierra Leone 28 766 27
69  Cyprus 8 206 26
70  Bahamas 10 241 24
71  Belize 3 66 22
72  Hungary 19 367 19
73  Panama 11 206 19
74  Bhutan 19 290 15
75  Serbia 19 214 14
76  Gibraltar 30 385 13
77  Bulgaria 30 289 10
78  Lesotho 9 82 9
79  Estonia 11 60 5
80  China 11 53 5
81  Turkey 7 26 4
82  Maldives 24 76 3
83  Cameroon 14 25 2
84  Myanmar 7 12 2
85  Gambia 9 11 1
86  Eswatini 18 0 0
87  Seychelles 7 0 0
88  Samoa 9 0 0
89  Mali 8 0 0
90  Croatia 10 0 0
91  Greece 6 0 0
References: ICC T20I rankings, As of 23 March 2024
"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 9,073 293
2  England 33 9,262 281
3  India 43 11,252 262
4  New Zealand 30 7,701 257
5  South Africa 29 7,110 245
6  West Indies 27 6,340 235
7  Sri Lanka 31 6,988 225
8  Pakistan 33 7,279 221
9  Bangladesh 30 6,040 201
10  Ireland 32 5,783 181
11  Papua New Guinea 23 3,671 160
12  Thailand 39 6,064 155
13  Zimbabwe 30 4,649 155
14  Scotland 22 3,206 146
15  Netherlands 25 3,073 123
16  United Arab Emirates 47 5,718 122
17  Namibia 33 3,649 111
18  Uganda 48 5,263 110
19  Tanzania 34 3,468 102
20  Indonesia 20 1,955 98
21    Nepal 32 3,101 97
22  Hong Kong 41 3,691 90
23  United States 13 1,054 81
24  Malaysia 43 3,225 75
25  Kenya 39 2,903 74
26  Nigeria 38 2,676 70
27  Rwanda 42 2,874 68
28  Italy 20 1,319 66
29  Jersey 13 839 65
30  Vanuatu 23 1,627 58
31  Canada 9 513 57
32  Greece 11 613 56
33  Germany 15 766 51
34  Isle of Man 11 549 50
35  Spain 6 256 43
36  France 23 973 42
37  Brazil 20 846 42
38  Sweden 16 586 37
39  Sierra Leone 21 632 30
40  Myanmar 13 334 26
41  Botswana 25 641 26
42  Bhutan 12 302 25
43  China 12 294 25
44  Kuwait 21 487 23
45  Samoa 21 386 18
46  Singapore 27 485 18
47  Mozambique 9 154 17
48  Malta 6 100 17
49  Romania 13 207 16
50  Japan 24 363 15
51  Guernsey 8 95 12
52  Bahrain 11 123 11
53  Cook Islands 11 108 10
54  Cameroon 12 111 9
55  Argentina 20 150 8
56  Qatar 20 126 6
57  Denmark 5 29 6
58  Austria 21 46 2
59  Cambodia 13 28 2
60  Oman 7 11 2
61  Norway 11 3 0
62  Eswatini 9 0 0
63  Serbia 7 0 0
64  Philippines 12 0 0
65  Ghana 7 0 0
66  Fiji 21 0 0
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, Updated on 24 March 2024

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