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Cricket is thought to have started as a game in which village lads bowled at a tree stump or at the hurdle gate into a sheep corral as early as the 13th century. This gate was made up of two uprights, a crossbar that rested on the slotted tops, and the gate as a whole, which was known as a wicket.

This was preferable to the stump, which was eventually used to refer to the hurdle uprights, because the bail could be moved when the wicket was struck. The size of the wicket, which got a third stump in the 1770s.

Varies in early manuscripts, but by 1706, the pitch—the space between the wickets—was 22 yards long.

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Since the 17th century, not much has changed with the ball, which was probably initially a stone. In 1774, the weight was fixed at between 5.5 and 5.75 ounces (156 and 163 grammes).

Undoubtedly a shaped branch of a tree, the ancient bat was similar to a current hockey stick but much longer and heavier

Straighter blade. Through the 18th century, batting predominated bowling due to the lack of advanced bowling technique at the time.

The early years

A 50 guinea wager was made in Sussex for an 11-a-side game that was first mentioned in 1697. It is likely that a system of laws (rules) regulating the conduct of the game existed around this time, although the earliest publication of such rules is dated 1744.

Kent and Surrey played each other in the first recorded intercounty match in 1709 at Dartford. Early in the 18th century, according to some sources.

Cricket was only popular in the southern counties of England. However, as time went on, it gained popularity and eventually made its way to London, particularly to the Artillery Ground in Finsbury,

where a famous match between Kent and All-England took place in 1744. Intense betting and unruly crowds were frequent at games.

Before the growth of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London, the aforementioned Hambledon Club, playing in Hampshire on Broadhalfpenny Down, was the predominate cricket force in the second half of the 18th century.

Originally a cricket team that competed in White Conduit Fields, the team changed its name to the MCC in 1787 and moved to the Lord’s Cricket Ground in the St. Marylebone Borough.

The following year, the MCC released its first updated set of laws.  In 1814, Lord’s relocated to its current location in St. John’s Wood and became the centre of international cricket.

Technical development

The “round-arm revolution” that followed saw many bowlers start to raise the point at which they released the ball.

Due to ferocious debate, the MCC changed the law in 1835 to permit raising the hand as high as the shoulder. The pace, or bowling speed, greatly increased as a result of the new style.

Bowlers gradually defied the law by raising their hands higher and higher. When an England team competing against Surrey at London’s Kennington Oval abandoned the field in protest of a “no ball” call (i.e., an umpire’s

determination that the bowler had delivered an illegal ball), things reached a boiling poin

The bowler could then release overhand, allowing the ball to travel at speeds more than 90 mph (145 km/h).even though this is not as quickly as baseball pitchers can throw the ball. Consequently, the ball can arc to the right.

With the development of batting gloves and padding, batsmen learned how to protect themselves. While the cane handle strengthened the bat’s durability.

However, only the finest hitters could handle quick bowling due to how difficult it was for a batsman to predict the motion of the ball on most surfaces.

However, as the playing conditions improved, batters became accustomed to the new bowling technique and started to attack.

There was discussion of changing the “leg-before-wicket” law.

However, other exceptional batters, including W.G. Grace, Sir John Berry Hobbs, and K.S. Ranjitsinhji, were responsible for the high scores (later the maharaja of Nawanagar). This was the heyday of cricket.

However, by the middle of the 20th century, defensive play on both sides and a slow tempo had replaced the game’s dominant offensive style.

This variation of cricket only allows for a certain amount of overs, usually 50.

There are some limitations on fielder positioning in one-day cricket. As a result, new batting techniques emerged, including the lofted shot and the paddle stroke.

Twenty20 (T20), a form of one-day cricket with 20 overs per side. Made its debut in 2003 and swiftly gained popularity throughout the world.

One-day cricket, especially Twenty20, gained popularity globally with the first Twenty20 world cup in 2007. Surpassing Test matches, however Test cricket still has a sizable following in England.

With the introduction of new technologies in the late 20th century, the pace of Test matches greatly accelerated.

The Gentlemen-versus-Players competition pitted the greatest amateurs against the best pros from 1806, (annually from 1819), through 1962. When the MCC and the counties abandoned the difference.

Between amateurs and professionals in 1962, the series came to an end. Earlier cricket matches between British universities also occurred. For instance, the Oxford-versus-Cambridge match. Has grown to be a highlight of the London summer season.

University cricket served as a form of training ground for county cricket, or games between the various English counties.

Thanks to W.G. Grace and his brothers E.M. and G.F. Grace, Gloucestershire ruled in the 1870s.

The MCC’s lengthy reign as the game’s governing body came to an end in 1969 when English cricket underwent reorganisation. While the group continues to be in charge of the laws.

Great Britain in light of the establishment of the Sports Council (a government agency tasked with overseeing sports in Great Britain) and the possibility of obtaining government funding for cricket. Council for Cricket

England, Australia, and South Africa, the founding members of the Imperial Cricket Conference, dominated international cricket in the early 20th century. The International Cricket Council.

Later known as the International Cricket Conference, steadily assumed more control over the management of the sport and relocated its power centre from the west to the east. The transition away from the previous system of rule-making was complete when the ICC relocated its offices from Lord’s in London—where the MCC, the game’s original rulers and still its lawmakers—to Dubai in 2005. The game’s priorities also shifted.

By the turn of the twenty-first century, only Australia and England continued to host sold-out Test cricket matches. Crowds flocked to see limited-overs internationals everywhere else, but especially in India and Pakistan.

Test cricket began to feel almost incidental. Although the MCC still has the authority to alter the rules of the game, the ICC created its own Code of Conduct for players, officials, and administrators that outlines punishment policies and upholds the spirit of the game. Additionally, it conducted significant international competitions, including as the Champions Trophy and the One-Day World Cup.

Australia was one of the ICC’s founding members and continues to be one of its most dominant nations both on and off the field. Cricket’s beginnings in Australia may be traced back to 1803 when a British ship’s crew brought the sport there. Victoria and Tasmania played in the first intercolonial game in 1851, and by the end of the century, teams from England were often visiting Australia. The oldest international cricket rivalry, known as The Ashes, began with the first official Test match between. Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877.


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