Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team bowls and fields. In professional cricket the length of the pitch must not be less than 150 feet or more than 160 feet.
In amateur games, pitches can vary in size but must not be shorter than 120 feet or longer than 150 feet.
A cricket ground is made up of three stumps at each end with two bails resting on top. The stumps are placed inside square holes cut into turf on all sides of the wickets which are protected by pads and keepers.
Last modified: July 29, 2022