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date: 27 May 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Richard CashmanRichard CASHMAN

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game invented by the British elite; in the twenty-first century it is most popular in Commonwealth nations (former colonies of the British Empire), such as India and Pakistan. Cricket is played in a length form (test cricket) or a shorter form (one-day), with the basic rules and equipment the same for both. As a popular sport with a large television following, cricket remains popular. Cricket boasts a rich language, with terms such as “fine leg,” “gully,” “silly mid on,” “bouncer,” “googly,” and “sticky wicket,” some of which have assumed many broader meanings outside cricket. ...

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