The following preamble is a layman's explanation of the rules of cricket to the people of North America.
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in goes out, and when he is out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out. When one side are all out, the side that's been out comes in and the side that has been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man goes out and goes in.
There are two men called umpires who are all out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice, after the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.
The general rules of actual play are saturated with a glossary of terms and conditions with sub rules, with the prefixes 'Unless, depending, benefit of doubt, and other Misc Claptrap, every morsel of important cricket goings on is recorded in WISDEN a sacred hard to get book with more info on cricket than Brittanica, from the time the first ball was bowled in Hambledon Hampshire England in the early 19th century . There is more to read in Wisden than the 'Holy Bible' or the 'SevenPillars of WISDOM'. 
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The rules to most ball games are just as incomprehensible to me as these. I am obviously a very bad Orstrayan.
Cathy said…
It used to have the reputation of being a 'fair game'. Remember the saying - it's just not cricket!

Cricket to me means summer - warm days with the radio tuned to the ABC. Well it used to - news this week might see a change to all that.

With no cricket team at my all girls school I never really learn't the rules but can sort of understand the game. And there's always the commentators and the video umpire to help out

Thanks for popping into my blog Vest and for your comment. Rest assured I don't fall over my own feet all the time. Its a question of balance as the art mistress said to the gardener!!
Vest said…
EC. And Rules are broken constantly. particularly by non-British teams. ( That will stir the can.)
Vest said…
Cathy. Cricket is played in Australia for nine months of the year, in Britain, it is played for four months of the year. The weather conditions in the offseason in Australia are far better for playing cricket than the British cricket season. and thanks for calling here too.

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