Cricket - rules, equipment, equipment. How to start?

As early as the 12th century in England, the early forms of cricket were gaining ground. Today it is one of the national sports in Great Britain. He also has his fans in Poland. What is it about?
While cricket is primarily grown in the Commonwealth of Nations, it is also popular in Afghanistan, in many African countries, the Caribbean and some European countries. There are only a dozen or so teams in Poland, but there is also a quite wide amateur zone.
Taking all this into account, it is worth checking what cricket really is, what its rules are, and what is worth buying so that learning the secrets of this discipline turns out to be at all possible.

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Cricket - game rules

It is worth noting that the rules by which the game takes place were prepared by the famous Marylebone Cricket Club, operating since 1787. For many years, it was the only organization that had the right to formulate regulations and manage their implementation. Importantly, the club also upholds the spirit of the game, according to which cricket is to be free from inappropriate behavior of players or various types of unclean plays.
For a better understanding of the rules, it is worth presenting them in points that will cover specific aspects of cricket.
Court
It has an elliptical shape and is covered with grass. Although its length is not strictly defined, it usually ranges from 130 to 150 meters. In the very center there is a strip with dimensions of 3.05 x 20.12 m - this is the so-called pitch. It is the main area of ​​the game where actions are performed. On both ends of this strip there are wickets, i.e. three strumps (posts, most often wooden) driven into the ground, on which two crossbars (baile) are set. The Bowler throws the ball towards the opponent's goal in such a way that the batsman will not be able to hit it. The pitch is split in two by a line that connects the gates.
Teams
Two teams of 11 players take part in the game. They are divided into throwers, i.e. bowlers, and batsmen - batsmen. One of the players is the catcher.
However, this division does not do the whole thing. During the throw, the skaters' task is to catch the ball that is reflected by the batsman, so that he will not be able to get another rune. The main catcher, located directly behind the batsman, plays an extremely important role. It intercepts non-reflected balls. The others must be in such positions that it is possible to catch the ball. The captain decides about the formation of the team.
The batsman uses a large, flat stick. According to the adopted strategy, he hits the ball offensively (as far as possible into free areas) or defensively (downwards). After bouncing back, it runs to get the rune. If the ball is hit out of play, the team scores 6 runs (when the ball misses the ground) or 4 runes (when the ball goes out of play after hitting the ground). The order of the batsmen is determined by the captain.

Cricket equipment

Playing cricket does not require the use of too many equipment and accessories. The basic equipment is, of course, a cricket bat, which is distinguished by a long, flat surface for bouncing (maximum 96.5x10.8 cm), and a cricket ball - it is made of cork, which is then covered with a white or red leather. Its diameter is 23 cm.
As for the outfit, you will need special shoes with spikes that provide adequate grip, long pants and a T-shirt (usually a polo). Bats and catchers also wear pads, a helmet and gloves. All this is to protect them from being hit by the ball. There are also goals, of course.
Cricket for children is usually performed in junior sections - both in clubs and schools. The rules are usually slightly modified to shorten the game. There are also shorter clubs and lighter balls on the market.
The rules of cricket may seem complicated, but on closer examination, everything becomes clear. It is a very dynamic, interesting game that is definitely worth getting interested in.