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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 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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Adam Gilchrist.

Adam Craig Gilchrist AM (/ˈɡɪlkrɪst/; born 14 November 1971) is an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer and captain of the Australia national cricket team. He was an attacking left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australia national team through his aggressive batting. Widely regarded as the greatest wicket-keeper–batsman in the history of the game, Gilchrist held the world record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in One Day International (ODI) cricket until it was surpassed by Kumar Sangakkara in 2015 and the most by an Australian in Test cricket.

His strike rate is amongst the highest in the history of both ODI and Test cricket; his century against England at Perth in December 2006 is the fourth-fastest century in all Test cricket. He was the first player to have hit 100 sixes in Test cricket. His 17 Test centuries and 16 in ODIs are both second only to Sangakkara by a wicket-keeper. He holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003 and 2007). His 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time. He is one of the only three players to have won three World Cup titles.

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Gavaskar has scored the third-highest number of centuries in Tests for India.

Sunil Gavaskar is a former international cricketer who represented and captained the Indian cricket team. In a career spanning over 16 years he made 35 centuries (100 or more runs) at the international level. Described as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and scored 10,122 runs. He was the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs and held the record for most runs until Allan Border surpassed it. Gavaskar's record of 34 Test centuries stood for almost two decades before Tendulkar surpassed it in December 2005. He was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1971 and as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1980. In February 2012, the International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted him into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. As of 2012, he is the third-highest run scorer for India in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

Making his Test debut against the West Indies in March 1971, Gavaskar scored his first century in the third Test of the same series. In the final Test at Port of Spain he scored centuries in both innings of the match with scores of 124 and 220, becoming the second Indian player to perform the feat. He became the first player to score two centuries in a Test match for the third time, when he made 107 and 182 not out in a match against the West Indies in December 1978. Gavaskar's highest Test score of 236 not out came against the West Indies at Chennai in 1983, an Indian record at that time. He has scored 150 or more runs in a Test match innings on twelve occasions. Gavaskar was most successful against the West Indies and Australia scoring 13 and 8 centuries respectively. Read more...


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The captains of the sixteen countries of the 2007 Cricket World Cup assemble together.
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  • 1935England captain Bob Wyatt, in a move that Wisden calls "amazing and inexplicable", reverses his team's batting order as they set out after lunch on the final day of the second Test at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad to score 325 to win. The move backfires and England are all out for 107 to lose by 217 runs.

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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
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  India 42 5,046 120
2  Australia 40 4,320 108
3  England 50 5,253 105
4  New Zealand 33 3,449 105
5  South Africa 36 3,537 98
6  Sri Lanka 43 3,935 92
7  Pakistan 33 2,795 85
8  West Indies 33 2,675 81
9  Bangladesh 26 1,566 60
10  Afghanistan 4 195 49
11  Zimbabwe 9 140 16
12  Ireland 3 0 0
Reference: Cricinfo rankings page, ICC Rankings, 27 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
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 54 6,745 125
2  India 64 7,748 121
3  New Zealand 43 4,837 112
4  South Africa 47 5,193 110
5  Australia 53 5,854 110
6  Pakistan 51 5,019 98
7  Bangladesh 46 3,963 86
8  Sri Lanka 56 4,520 81
9  West Indies 57 4,573 80
10  Afghanistan 43 2,440 57
11  Ireland 31 1,525 49
12  Zimbabwe 35 1,538 44
13  Netherlands 6 222 37
14  Scotland 15 534 36
15  Namibia 8 183 23
16  Oman 8 174 22
17    Nepal 8 152 19
18  United States 8 115 14
19  United Arab Emirates 15 144 10
20  Papua New Guinea 17 0 0
Reference: Cricinfo Rankings page,ICC ODI rankings 20 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. See points calculations for more details.
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 31 8366 270
2  Australia 26 6986 269
3  England 21 5568 265
4  South Africa 18 4720 262
5  India 41 10645 260
6  New Zealand 24 6056 252
7  Afghanistan 23 5422 236
8  Sri Lanka 29 6830 236
9  Bangladesh 23 5212 227
10  West Indies 32 7129 223
11  Zimbabwe 21 4082 194
12    Nepal 21 4000 190
13  Scotland 23 4310 187
14  Ireland 38 7076 186
15  United Arab Emirates 26 4781 184
16  Netherlands 31 5547 179
17  Oman 18 3187 177
18  Papua New Guinea 30 5277 176
19  Namibia 25 3829 153
20  Hong Kong 19 2726 144
21  Singapore 22 2954 134
22  Qatar 21 2749 131
23  Canada 19 2399 126
24  Saudi Arabia 11 1331 121
25  Jersey 25 2848 114
26  Italy 12 1326 111
27  Kenya 18 1952 108
28  Kuwait 13 1354 104
29  Denmark 14 1438 103
30  Bermuda 13 1202 92
31  Germany 18 1527 85
32  United States 15 1208 81
33  Botswana 19 1494 79
34  Ghana 10 773 77
35  Uganda 14 1069 76
36  Norway 10 709 71
37  Guernsey 16 1127 70
38  Austria 11 772 70
39  Malaysia 26 1772 68
40  Nigeria 16 1058 66
41  Romania 8 495 62
42  Sweden 8 465 58
43  Tanzania 6 334 56
44  Spain 16 873 55
45  Cayman Islands 8 430 54
46  Philippines 9 433 48
47  Argentina 17 771 45
48  France 6 267 45
49  Vanuatu 20 869 43
50  Belize 9 377 42
51  Luxembourg 10 394 39
52  Bahrain 7 261 37
53  Peru 13 458 35
54  Fiji 6 210 35
55  Malawi 18 624 35
56  Panama 9 291 32
57  Belgium 9 290 32
58  Samoa 10 318 32
59  Japan 10 317 32
60  Costa Rica 8 252 32
61  Mexico 17 520 31
62  Hungary 6 180 30
63  Bulgaria 8 231 29
64  Czech Republic 17 478 28
65  Thailand 14 369 26
66  Israel 7 173 25
67  Portugal 9 215 24
68  Finland 13 296 23
69  Bhutan 8 180 23
70  South Korea 10 217 22
71  Isle of Man 7 149 21
72  Mozambique 18 349 19
73  Chile 14 265 19
74  Sierra Leone 5 61 12
75  Brazil 13 143 11
76  Maldives 11 114 10
77  Saint Helena 12 109 9
78  Malta 13 108 8
79  Myanmar 9 23 3
80  Indonesia 7 3 0
81  Gibraltar 12 0 0
82  Lesotho 6 0 0
83  Rwanda 6 0 0
84  Eswatini 6 0 0
85  Gambia 6 0 0
86  China 11 0 0
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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