There are different formats of the game e.g. 50 over matches, Twenty20 Cricket and Test Cricket where the rules differ slightly.
Cricket is a game played with a bat and ball on a large field, known as a ground, between two teams of 11 players each. There is also a reserve player called a “twelfth man” who is used should a player be injured during play. The twelfth man is not allowed to bowl, bat, wicket keep or captain the team. His sole duty is to act as a substitute fielder.
Although there are eleven people in each team only ten people need to be bowled out as you cannot have one person batting alone. Batting is done in pairs.
To apply the law of the game and make sure the cricket rules are upheld there are two umpires in place during games. These umpires are responsible for making decisions and notifying the scorers or captain of these decisions. Two umpires are always on the field while there is also a third umpire off the field who is in charge of video decisions. Is the call is too close for the on field umpires and they refer it to the third umpire who reviews slow motion video replays to make a decision.
A “wicket” consisting of three “stumps” (wooden sticks) surmounted by a pair of “bails” (smaller sticks) is placed at each end of a grassy pitch 20.1m/22yd in length.
The object of the game is to defend the wicket and score as many runs as possible when into bat and to put out, or dismiss, the opposing batsmen when they are into bat as well.
The cricket rules displayed on this page here are for the traditional form of cricket which is called “Test Cricket”.
Before the game begins an official will toss a coin. The captain who guesses the correct side of the coin will then choose if they want to bat or field first. One team will then bat while the other will bowl and field.