Outline on the game of cricket:
Specific purpose - To inform the audience about the game of cricket
The game of cricket is played over a minimum of 20 overs and each over contains 6 balls
B: Reason to Listen
Cricket is a very interesting game The game of cricket was introduced by the English in the mid 17th century. It is extremely popular in the United Kingdom as well as in former colonies such as India and Pakistan where it can said to be the national sport
Cricket comes in various forms be it one day tests, five day tests and limited overs.
1. A game of cricket consists of two teams with ten players each. Normally, a side goes in the field to bat and the other bowls. The pitch includes a wicket and each game has a number of overs where six balls are bowled at the batter who stands before the wicket.
2. Each time the batsman hits the ball and runs between the wickets, runs are scored. Eventually when the ball is batted by the batsman and is caught by the opposing team’s fielder, a wicket is lost and the batsman is called out.
The game goes on in that manner until all batsmen are out when teams switch sides and the roles are reversed. The team which manages to score the most runs eventually wins. Usually games last for 50 overs or 300 balls but in five day test matches, the amount of overs is much larger and huge innings are achieved.
The game of cricket is extremely popular in several former British colonies and is the national sport in several of them. It is a genteel game played by a certain class of society and is also very snobbish in a sense that clubs do not usually accept every person as a member.
2. Domestic Cricket
a. First Class Cricket
d. Club Cricket
A. Types of games played
1. One day international
a. This is played over one day with 50 overs in each game
b. It is concluded when all the batsmen are bowled out or an innings score is superseded by the other team
2. T 20 international
a. This is played over a period of 20 overs with the highest scoring team eventually winning.
b. It follows the same format of the one day international
3. Test match cricket
a. This is the classic form of cricket which is played over a number of days normally five with each team playing two innings
b. The team which garners the highest run score wins the match. Tests are usually played in a best out of three or best out of five format.
2. Day games and day and night games
a. Games of cricket are normally played during the day
b. They can also be played at night under floodlights
Cricket is an intriguing and beautiful game which can offer a very rewarding experience for all those who engage in it.
It is similar to baseball which is an American version of cricket. Baseball is also extremely popular as a sport in the US but has distinct differences to cricket.
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