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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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Curtly Ambrose.

Kevin Peter Pietersen MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a former English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who played test cricket for England between 2005 and 2014. He also played for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League until the end of BBL|07 (seventh season), the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League as well as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the CSA T20 Challenge. He had also been signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants for the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League.

Pietersen was born to an Afrikaner father and English mother in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa. He made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England in 2000, after voicing his displeasure at what he claimed was the racial quota system in South African cricket. Being of English ancestry, Pietersen was eligible for the England team so long as he first served a four-year qualifying period in English county cricket. He was called up by England almost immediately after he completed four years with Nottinghamshire. He made his international debut in the One Day International (ODI) match against Zimbabwe in 2004 and his Test match debut in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia. Pietersen left Nottinghamshire for Hampshire in 2005, but the England team's subsequent reliance on him resulted in Pietersen making only a single first-class appearance for his new county between 2005 and 2010. In June 2010, Pietersen announced his wish to leave Hampshire; he joined Surrey on loan for the remainder of the season, then moved permanently in 2011.

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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 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 43 5,007 116
2  New Zealand 33 3,570 108
3  South Africa 42 4,397 105
4  Australia 44 4,566 104
5  England 53 5,490 104
6  Sri Lanka 51 4,737 93
7  Pakistan 32 2,803 88
8  West Indies 39 2,995 77
9  Bangladesh 25 1,898 68
10  Zimbabwe 11 138 13
 Ireland* 2
 Afghanistan* 2
*Countries that have not played enough matches to gain an official ranking
Reference: Cricinfo rankings page, ICC Rankings, 18 March 2019
"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 59 7,259 123
2  India 71 8,508 120
3  New Zealand 54 6,071 112
4  South Africa 54 6,054 112
5  Australia 48 4,951 103
6  Pakistan 48 4,872 102
7  Bangladesh 42 3,792 90
8  Sri Lanka 61 4,672 77
9  West Indies 44 3,351 76
10  Afghanistan 40 2,554 64
11  Zimbabwe 48 2,497 52
12  Ireland 27 1,169 43
13  Scotland 16 535 33
14  United Arab Emirates 17 263 15
15    Nepal 10 152 15
16  Netherlands 6 50 8
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.
Reference: Cricinfo Rankings page,ICC ODI rankings 13 March 2019
ICC T20I Championship
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Pakistan 39 5,280 135
2  India 47 5,726 122
3  England 25 3,036 121
4  Australia 30 3,613 120
5  South Africa 25 2,960 118
6  New Zealand 29 3,367 116
7  West Indies 30 2,932 98
8  Afghanistan 30 2,798 93
9  Sri Lanka 30 2,580 86
10  Bangladesh 30 2,321 77
11  Scotland 18 1,092 61
12  Zimbabwe 20 1,097 55
13  Netherlands 15 777 52
14    Nepal 7 303 43
15  United Arab Emirates 16 681 43
16  Hong Kong 10 420 42
17  Ireland 25 925 37
18  Oman 10 269 27
Reference: ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women ICC page, 12 March 2019
"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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