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A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman during a game of cricket
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 an oval-shaped field, usually between 150 and 200 yards in diameter, at the centre of which lies a 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible, while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings. In professional cricket, the length of a game ranges from 20 overs of six bowling deliveries per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches ("Tests") and One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed into the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. The ICC, the game's governing body, has ten full members. The game is popular in Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies, Southern Africa and England.

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The Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of men's One Day International (ODI) cricket. The tournament is world's third largest and most viewed sporting event and according to the ICC, it is the most important tournament and the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. The finals of the Cricket World Cup are contested by all ten Test-playing and ODI-playing nations, together with other nations that qualify through the World Cup Qualifier. The first Cricket World Cup contest was organised in England in 1975. A separate Women's Cricket World Cup has been held every four years since 1973.

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Botham batting for England at Trent Bridge in 1983

Sir Ian Botham is a former international cricketer and captain of the England cricket team. He has claimed five-wicket hauls (taken five or more wickets in an innings) in Test cricket on 27 occasions, more than any other English cricketer. A five-wicket haul is regarded as a notable achievement, and fewer than 40 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers. Botham is generally considered one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1978, and Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year four years later. In 1992 he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE), and he was knighted for his services to cricket and charity work in 2007. Two years later, he was honoured by the International Cricket Council, who named him as one of 55 initial inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is sixth overall in all-time Test five-wicket haul takers.

He made his international debut for England on 26 August 1976 in a One Day International (ODI) against the West Indies. He made his Test cricket debut just under a year later against Australia, and it was during the first innings of this match that he claimed his first international five-wicket haul. It is against Australia that he has claimed the most five-wicket hauls, doing so on nine occasions. Three of these came during the 1981 Ashes series and, along with the two centuries he scored, saw the series dubbed "Botham's Ashes". He twice claimed eight wickets in an innings, playing at Lord's on each occasion, against Pakistan in 1978 and the West Indies in 1984. Including these performances, Botham has collected a five-wicket haul at Lord's eight times, more so than on any other ground.

Botham never managed to take five-wickets in an innings in ODI cricket, despite playing 116 matches and claiming 145 wickets, making him England's fourth highest wicket-taker in the format. His best return was four wickets, which he achieved on three occasions. (Full list...)


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Diagram of a wicket, which consists of two bails resting on three stumps.
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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 innings per side.

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

ICC Test Championship
Rank Change Team Matches Points Rating
1 Steady  South Africa 27 3353 124
2 Steady  Australia 35 4088 117
3 Increase  Pakistan 26 2718 105
4 Decrease  England 39 4063 104
5 Decrease  Sri Lanka 31 3126 101
6 Decrease  India 29 2793 96
7 Steady  New Zealand 30 2787 93
8 Steady  West Indies 26 1962 75
9 Increase  Bangladesh 21 676 32
10 Decrease  Zimbabwe 13 228 18
Reference: ICC Rankings, 16 November 2014
ICC ODI Championship
Rank Change Team Matches Points Rating
1 Increase  Australia 48 5623 117
2 Decrease  India 67 7835 117
3 Decrease  South Africa 50 5587 112
4 Decrease  Sri Lanka 70 7569 108
5 Steady  England 45 4804 107
6 Steady  Pakistan 53 5184 98
7 Steady  New Zealand 33 3158 96
8 Steady  West Indies 46 4395 96
9 Steady  Bangladesh 30 2154 72
10 Steady  Zimbabwe 33 1824 55
11 Steady  Afghanistan 13 550 42
12 Steady  Ireland 9 297 33
Reference: ICC Rankings, 23 November 2014
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Change Team Matches Points Rating
1 Steady  Sri Lanka 23 3006 131
2 Steady  India 16 2009 126
3 Steady  Pakistan 27 3256 121
4 Steady  South Africa 26 3076 118
5 Steady  Australia 26 3041 117
6 Steady  New Zealand 22 2414 110
7 Steady  West Indies 25 2742 110
8 Steady  England 25 2481 99
9 Steady  Ireland 12 1046 87
10 Steady  Bangladesh 16 1147 72
11 Steady  Netherlands 14 951 68
12 Steady  Afghanistan 12 743 62
13 Steady  Zimbabwe 11 573 52
14 Steady  Scotland 10 512 51
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- Steady    Nepal 3 190 63
- Steady  Hong Kong 3 90 30
- Steady  United Arab Emirates 3 0 0
Reference: ICC Rankings, 9 November 2014

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