I recently spent some time in the US with my American friends. Naturally, they wanted to know about this strange sport known only to them as ‘cricket’… Actually, that’s what it’s known as to everyone, but they are Americans, and would like to think that they named it something different.
Of course I obliged their inquisitive probings, and my comprehensive cricket knowledge, combined with my exceptional teaching skills, gave birth to a new expert on the sport. But don’t take my word for it. Here, for the first time in the history of the game, the beautiful Miss Jenn Lorant KSAC (knows stuff about cricket) has shared her wisdom with us mere mortals. Enjoy.
Cricket, by an American
Cricket is a sport kind of like baseball, but much more complicated and confusing and includes breaks for tea. There are three different types of cricket matches. Test games are 5 days, and there are also 50 overs and T20s, but I do not recall what those are (I think they are shorter versions of the game). In the game of cricket, there are several different definitions of the word ‘wicket’. ‘Wicket’ refers to the set of stumps in the game, the strip of field between these stumps, as well as the number of outs in an inning. The field is comprised of a circular area surrounding the wicket (infield), and then a larger circular area around that (outfield). The ball is bowled, and the batter tries to prevent the ball from hitting the wickets and bails and tries to score runs by running back and forth between the wickets. If the ball hits the batter’s leg before he can hit the ball, it is called lbw (leg before wicket). There are two umpires in the game. One stands behind the bowler, and the other is off to the side of the batter. England is the best country at cricket, and most Americans have never even heard of the game.
This concludes my knowledge of cricket