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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 game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the bowler, "bowls" (propels) the ball from one end of the pitch towards the wicket at the other end. The batting side's players score runs by striking the bowled ball with a bat and running between the wickets, while the bowling side tries to prevent this by keeping the ball within the field and getting it 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 a hit ball before it touches the ground, or hitting a wicket with the ball before a batter can cross the crease line in front of the wicket to complete a run. 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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Percy Fender

Percy George Herbert Fender (22 August 1892 – 15 June 1985) was an English cricketer who played 13 Tests for his country and was captain of Surrey between 1921 and 1931. An all-rounder, he was a middle-order batsman who bowled mainly leg spin, and completed the cricketer's double seven times. Noted as a belligerent batsman, in 1920 he hit the fastest recorded first-class century, reaching three figures in only 35 minutes, which remains a record as of 2021. On the basis of his Surrey captaincy, contemporaries judged him the best captain in England.

As early as 1914 Fender was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year. After war service in the Royal Flying Corps he re-established himself in the Surrey team and became captain in 1921. His captaincy inspired the team to challenge strongly for the County Championship over the course of several seasons, despite a shortage of effective bowlers. Alongside his forceful though sometimes controversial leadership, Fender was an effective performer with bat and ball, although he lacked support as a bowler. From 1921, he played occasionally in Tests for England but was never particularly successful. Despite press promptings, he was never appointed Test captain, and following a clash with the highly influential Lord Harris in 1924, his England career was effectively ended. Further disagreements between Fender and the Surrey committee over his approach and tactics led the county to replace him as captain in 1932 and to end his career in 1935. (Full article...)

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Allan Border has the fifth highest number of Test centuries for Australia.

Allan Border is a former international cricketer and captain of the Australia cricket team. A left-handed middle order batsman, he scored centuries in Test and One Day International (ODI) matches organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Border scored 11,174 runs in 156 Tests and captained Australia in 93 of them. He holds the record for consecutive appearances (153 matches) as a player in Tests. Border was named by Wisden as one of its five Cricketers of the Year in 1982. He was the second Australian player after Sir Donald Bradman to receive the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to cricket, and was one of 55 initial inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Border made his Test debut against England in December 1978 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. His first century came three months later against Pakistan at the same venue. Border's 27 Test hundreds were scored at 14 different grounds; 14 hundreds were made at venues outside Australia. In Tests, he was most successful against England accumulating eight centuries. Border's highest score of 205 – one of his two double centuries – came against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in 1987. As of 2012, he is thirteenth overall in the list of most hundreds in Test cricket. (Full article...)


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  • 1948 - Donald Bradman's Testimonial match at Melbourne ends with the scores level between invitation sides led by Bradman and by Lindsay Hassett. Under the then rules, the match is declared a tie. Bradman himself made his final, 117th, first-class century in the first innings.

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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 28 3,465 124
2  New Zealand 25 3,021 121
3  Australia 17 1,844 108
4  England 35 3,753 107
5  Pakistan 27 2,481 92
6  South Africa 19 1,675 88
7  West Indies 30 2,936 80
8  Sri Lanka 27 2,095 78
9  Bangladesh 16 779 49
10  Zimbabwe 11 342 31
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 6 December 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  England 32 3,793 119
3  Australia 28 3,244 116
4  India 32 3,624 113
5  South Africa 25 2,549 98
6  Pakistan 27 2,524 93
7  Bangladesh 30 2,740 91
8  West Indies 30 2,523 84
9  Sri Lanka 32 2,657 83
10  Afghanistan 17 1,054 62
11  Netherlands 7 336 48
12  Ireland 25 1,145 46
13  Scotland 10 452 45
14  Zimbabwe 20 764 38
15  Oman 14 524 37
16    Nepal 11 330 30
17  United Arab Emirates 9 190 21
18  United States 14 232 17
19  Namibia 6 97 16
20  Papua New Guinea 13 0 0
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Updated on 5 October 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 21 3,379 161
2  England 25 2,983 119
3  South Africa 29 3,390 117
4  India 26 2,934 113
5  New Zealand 26 2,392 92
6  West Indies 22 1,872 85
7  Pakistan 20 1,496 75
8  Bangladesh 5 306 61
9  Sri Lanka 11 519 47
10  Ireland 2 25 13
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 27 September 2021
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 34 9,454 278
2  India 33 8,703 264
3  Pakistan 40 10,536 263
4  New Zealand 34 8,765 258
5  South Africa 35 8,858 253
6  Australia 39 9,587 246
7  Afghanistan 17 3,951 232
8  Bangladesh 34 7,888 232
9  Sri Lanka 30 6,951 232
10  West Indies 34 7,680 226
11  Zimbabwe 30 5,751 192
12    Nepal 19 3,556 187
13  Ireland 32 5,938 186
14  Scotland 24 4,447 185
15  United Arab Emirates 15 2,750 183
16  Namibia 25 4,439 178
17  Oman 13 2,260 174
18  Netherlands 23 3,992 171
19  Papua New Guinea 19 3,166 167
20  Singapore 12 1,678 140
21  Qatar 15 1,917 128
22  Canada 16 1,976 124
23  Jersey 19 2,333 123
24  Hong Kong 13 1,572 121
25  Italy 12 1,245 104
26  Kuwait 12 1,241 103
27  Uganda 22 2,240 102
28  Saudi Arabia 8 801 100
29  Kenya 14 1,382 99
30  United States 14 1,364 97
31  Bermuda 12 1,056 88
32  Malaysia 20 1,723 86
33  Germany 23 1,972 86
34  Bahrain 8 675 84
35  Denmark 15 1,160 77
36  Botswana 14 1,070 76
37  Tanzania 7 519 74
38  Nigeria 17 1,233 73
39  Guernsey 9 645 72
40  Spain 11 768 70
41  Romania 17 1,163 68
42  Norway 10 667 67
43  Austria 13 756 58
44  Belgium 17 955 56
45  Sweden 10 536 54
46  Philippines 5 241 48
47  France 7 333 48
48  Mexico 7 313 45
49  Cayman Islands 3 132 44
50  Vanuatu 10 435 44
51  Portugal 9 387 43
52  Ghana 13 541 42
53  Isle of Man 8 329 41
54  Luxembourg 16 613 38
55  Argentina 11 416 38
56  Bahamas 6 223 37
57  Malawi 15 556 37
58  Peru 5 179 36
59  Fiji 3 105 35
60  Finland 9 313 35
61  Sierra Leone 10 331 33
62  Hungary 5 165 33
63  Samoa 5 159 32
64  Japan 4 126 32
64  Costa Rica 4 126 32
66  Belize 11 341 31
67  Malta 25 766 31
68  Panama 11 287 26
69  Thailand 7 175 25
70  Cyprus 9 210 23
71  Czech Republic 19 396 21
72  South Korea 4 78 20
73  Greece 5 94 19
74  Mozambique 13 214 16
75  Rwanda 14 206 15
76  Bhutan 4 47 12
77  Bulgaria 20 221 11
78  Saint Helena 6 55 9
79  Seychelles 6 54 9
80  Brazil 5 39 8
81  Maldives 11 55 5
82  Gibraltar 14 55 4
83  Chile 5 19 4
84  Myanmar 3 1 0
85  Indonesia 3 0 0
86  Eswatini 9 0 0
87  Serbia 5 0 0
88  Lesotho 9 0 0
89  China 4 0 0
90  Estonia 6 0 0
91  Turkey 4 0 0
References: ESPNcricinfo, ICC T20I rankings, Updated on 24 November 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 33 9,600 291
2  England 39 11,060 284
3  New Zealand 31 8,275 267
4  India 40 10,625 266
5  South Africa 32 8,048 252
6  West Indies 31 7,468 241
7  Pakistan 30 6,778 226
8  Sri Lanka 18 3,631 202
9  Bangladesh 26 5,001 192
10  Ireland 24 3,948 170
11  Thailand 29 4,667 161
12  Zimbabwe 21 3,287 157
13  Scotland 18 2,754 153
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 19 2,127 112
19  Tanzania 18 1,956 109
20  Netherlands 17 1,527 90
21  Indonesia 13 1,129 87
22  Kenya 14 1,179 84
23  Namibia 28 2,270 81
24  Germany 20 1,410 71
25  Hong Kong 13 875 67
26  China 11 698 63
27  United States 10 610 61
28  Brazil 17 940 55
29  Vanuatu 6 324 54
30  Japan 5 260 52
31  Rwanda 21 1,025 49
32  Belize 6 269 45
33  Myanmar 5 212 42
34  Kuwait 8 337 42
35  Malaysia 17 687 40
36  Jersey 4 160 40
37  Canada 8 303 38
38  Nigeria 19 602 32
39  Sierra Leone 10 316 32
40  Botswana 20 594 30
41  France 12 315 26
42  Oman 9 233 26
43  Argentina 15 345 23
44  Bhutan 4 91 23
45  Austria 16 296 19
46  South Korea 4 73 18
47  Malawi 10 158 16
48  Chile 10 124 12
49  Singapore 6 61 10
50  Costa Rica 7 68 10
51  Mozambique 17 97 6
52  Mexico 7 33 5
53  Peru 8 0 0
54  Mali 3 0 0
55  Fiji 6 0 0
56  Lesotho 3 0 0
57  Norway 4 0 0
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 10 November 2021

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