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Cricket pitch

Cricket pitch

Cricket pitch (not to scale)

In the game of cricket, the cricket pitch consists of the central strip of the cricket field between the wickets — 1 chainor 20.12 m (22 yards) long and 3.05 m (10 feet) wide. The surface is flat and normally covered with extremely shortgrass though this grass is soon removed by wear at the ends of the pitch.

In amateur matches in some parts of the world, artificial pitches are sometimes used. These can be a slab of concrete, overlaid with a coir mat, artificial turf, sometimes dirt is put over the coir mat to provide an authentic feeling pitch. Artificial pitches are rare in professional cricket, being used only when exhibition matches are played in regions where cricket is not a common sport.

The pitch has specific markings delineating the creases, as specified by the Laws of Cricket.

The word wicket often occurs in reference to the pitch. Although technically incorrect according to...

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Cricket pitches

Produced under the auspices of the United Cricket Board of South Africa
Prepared by NM Tainton, JR Klug, D Edmondson & RK Campbell (University of Natal) and P W van Deventer & M J de Beer (Potchefstroom University).

Foreword

It is a fundamental principle that you cannot play good cricket on poor wickets. The United Cricket Board of South Africa has decided that it should play a leading role in upgrading the knowledge available to groundsmen for the preparation of turf wickets throughout South Africa.

To this end it has been most fortunate to secure the services of a team comprising members from the Universities of Natal and Potchefstroom to help it with this substantial and important task.

The publication of this book on the preparation and construction of turf pitches is a very welcome step in the process and the United Cricket Board is most grateful for the high quality work and energy that these universities have put...

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In the game of cricket, the cricket pitch consists of the central strip of the cricket field between the wickets - 1 chain or 22 yards (20.12 m) long and 10 feet (3.05 m) wide. The surface is very flat and normally covered with extremely short grass though this grass is soon removed by wear at the ends of the pitch. In amateur matches, artificial pitches are commonly used. These can be a slab of concrete, overlaid with a coir mat, artificial turf, some times dirt is put over the coir mat to provide an authentic feeling pitch. Artificial pitches are rare in professional cricket—-being used only when exhibition matches are played in regions where cricket is not a common sport. The pitch has very specific markings delineating the creases, as specified by the Laws of Cricket. The word wicket often occurs in reference to the pitch. Although technically incorrect according the Laws of Cricket (Law 7 covers the pitch and Law 8 the wickets, distinguishing between them), cricket players,...

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Background Information

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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings.

In professional cricket the length of a game ranges from 20 overs of six bowling deliveries per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the...

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Among many male crickets, larger body size means a lower pitched song and more attention from the lady crickets. But male tree crickets break this rule: The pitch of their song changes with temperature.

The basic mechanics are straightforward, according to new research that explores tree crickets' unusual song. Tree crickets have more elongated wings than other species, particularly field crickets, and tree crickets vibrate their entire wing when they call, rather than just part of it, as other crickets do.

But the discovery points to another, trickier question: Why?

The variability in male tree crickets' call creates a problem. Normally, female crickets find their mates by tuning into the precise frequency at which the males broadcast their chirpy song, tuning out other noise. But if males' calls aren't finely tuned, how do females home in on them? [Cricket Sets Testicle Size Record]

This unusual feature of tree crickets' song was first...

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2008/9 Schools Wikipedia Selection. Related subjects: Sports

Bowler Shaun Pollock bowls to batsman Michael Hussey. The paler strip is the cricket pitch. The two sets of three wooden stumps on the pitch are the wickets. The two white lines are the creases.

A Test match between South Africa and England in January 2005. The men wearing black trousers on the far right are the umpires. Test cricket, first-class cricket and club cricket are played in traditional white uniforms and with red cricket balls, while professional One-day cricket is usually played in coloured uniforms and with white balls.

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Cricket Ground between Australia and India. The Australian batsmen are wearing yellow, while the fielding team, India, is wearing blue.">

A One Day International match at The Melbourne Cricket Ground between

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. The Australian batsmen are wearing yellow, while the fielding team, India, is wearing...

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Cricket pitch (not to scale)

In the game of cricket, the cricket pitch consists of the central strip of the cricket field between the wickets – 1 chain or 20.12 m (22 yards) long and 3.05 m (10 feet) wide. The surface is flat and normally covered with extremely short grass though this grass is soon removed by wear at the ends of the pitch.

In amateur matches in some parts of the world, artificial pitches are sometimes used. These can be a slab of concrete, overlaid with a coir mat, artificial turf, sometimes dirt is put over the coir mat to provide an authentic feeling pitch. Artificial pitches are rare in professional cricket, being used only when exhibition matches are played in regions where cricket is not a common sport.

The pitch has specific markings delineating the creases, as specified by the Laws of Cricket.

The word wicket often occurs in reference to the pitch. Although technically incorrect according to the Laws of Cricket (Law 7 covers the...

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The pitch plays a very crucial role in cricket. So great is the influence that the type of pitch determines the type of game it is going to be.

There are various types of pitches and each pitch differs with the location of the stadium, i.e., in which country it is and in which climate it is. Dusty and hard pitches favor the spin bowling and hence the batsmen of sub continent find it easier to bat on hard pitches. This is the main reason why pitches in India are flat and help spinners. Moreover, our Indian batsmen are very good players of spin. If the pitch is made such a way that it can develop cracks, then this will also support the spinners. A dry pitch usually becomes dusty as the game progresses. A pitch which is dry and has a lot of dust is beneficial for the spinners since they can benefit from the added traction and cause the ball to spin by a greater margin.
The foreign players, therefore, cannot show much prowess in the subcontinent since we have spinning tracks...

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There are many types of the cricket pitches and each of them has its own attributes which make it either batsmen or bowling friendly. Pitch does play a vital role as far as the overall result of the game is concerned and that is why you will see a pitch report at the start of every game. The nature of pitch can determine things like the amount of runs that can be scored in the match, the decision of the captain winning the toss, the length of the match in case of a test game and so on. This is why the pitch is the most important part of a cricketing field and to understand the game properly one has to learn about different types of pitches.


Dead Pitches:
The most common wickets that are prepared these days are batsmen friendly dead wickets. These pitches have no support whatsoever for the bowlers and batsmen love batting on them. These pitches are dark in color and have a solid feel about them. Every single bit of grass is rolled in, and all the moisture is...

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The cricket pitch is the 22-yard strip on which the game is played. It an extremely important part of the game.

Each country has its own type of pitches. In India, the pitches are considered to be slow and good for batting.

The manner in which a pitch behaves depends on the way it is prepared. The person who prepares the pitch is called the 'curator'.

If the picth has grass on it, it is considered to be a fast pitch. It is beneficial to bowlers because the ball bounces and swings a lot and also the ball reaches the batsmen quickly. Such pitches can be found in Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand. Some of the grounds with the fearsome fast picthes are the WACA Perth, The MCG, Durban, Johannesberg, Trent Bridge, etc.

If there is no grass on the pitch but there are cracks on it, then such kind of a pitch is good for spin bowling. Such pitches can be found mostly in the sub-continent.

Generally,in a test match in the sub-continent, after the...

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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket (a set of three wooden stumps) sited at each end. One team, designated the batting team, attempts to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents field. Each phase of play is called an innings. After either ten batsmen have been dismissed or a fixed number of overs have been completed, the innings ends and the two teams then swap roles. The winning team is the one that scores the most runs, including any extras gained, during their one or two innings.

At the start of each game, two batsmen and eleven fielders enter the field of play. The play begins when a designated member of the fielding team, known as the bowler, delivers the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, towards the wicket at that end, in front of which stands one of the batsmen, known as the striker. The striker "takes guard" on a...

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Baseball and cricket are the best-known members of a family of related bat-and-ball games.

Despite their similarities, the two sports also have many differences in play and in strategy. A comparison between baseball and cricket can be instructive to followers of either sport, since the similarities help to highlight nuances particular to each game.

Bat-and-ball games[edit]

Bat-and-ball games, in general, are sports in which one team (the fielding team) has possession of the ball and delivers it to a member of the other team (the batting team), who tries to hit it. The two opposing teams take turns playing these two distinct roles, which are continuous during a specified interval. This contrasts with "goal-oriented" games, such as all forms of football, hockey and basketball, in which possession of the ball or puck can change in an instant, and thus "attackers" and the "defenders" frequently reverse roles during the course of the game.

In both cricket...

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Outdoor cricket is played on an oval grass field. In the centre there is a flat strip of ground called the pitch.

Area of pitch

Turf cricket pitch

The dimensions of a turf pitch are 20.12m long (from stump to stump)plus a minimum of 1.22m behind the stumps to accommodate the return crease and bowler approach area. The width of a turf pitch is 3.05m.

The overall dimensions of a turf wicket will vary according to the level of cricket competition being played.

Synthetic pitches

The dimensions of a synthetic cricket pitch range from 25m to 28m long and 2.4m to 2.8m wide. A bowling crease, popping crease and two return creases are marked in white at each end of the pitch.

The diagram on the right compares the dimensions of a turf pitch and a synthetic pitch.

The bowling crease

The bowling crease is the back edge of the crease marking. There is a line, 2.64m long, through the centres of the three stumps.

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