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Why are cricket bats smooth?

I have noticed that the surface of cricket bats are smooth. What's the science behind it? What would happen if the surface of the bat was rough? Would that increase our effort to play shots?
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In cricket, is there a distinction between bowlers who excel in maidens and those who excel in taking wickets?

I did not grow up with cricket, so I ask this question to get a better intuition for the game. Are there some bowlers who specialize in maidens, while others who take higher number of wickets at ...
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What is the highest test innings without a century being scored?

In the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh currently underway the South Africans scored 452 in there 1st innings without a batsman scoring a century. That made me wonder what the highest ...
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Defining the wagon wheel

The wagon wheel in cricket is that... spokes they put out, and define scoring areas. The areas are: Behind square Offside Behind square Legside In front of square Offside In front of square Legside ...
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Earliest time a Captain can offer a Draw

In First Class cricket - typically towards the end of the final day - it is not uncommon for the fielding team's captain to offer a shake of hands to the batsman and declare the game a draw. This ...
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Why are spin bowler classed as either an off spin or leg spin bowler?

It just seems to be weirdly specific for a bowler to only bowl one type of spin. Isn't there a strategic advantage in being able to spin the ball both ways and therefore can surprise the batsmen? Is ...
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Are you out if a bats slip from your hand and flew into striker’s wicket?

So we had an incident where a batsmen was struck on his head and his bat flew back leaving from his hands and went into his wicket. Is it out?
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Does ball in test cricket actually swing more and batting is actually difficult?

Note: Below, I might present some statements based on what I feel rather than facts. Please correct me in the answer so I understand it better. But I'm writing it anyway to explain my doubts and ask ...
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Record for number of revolutions per second of the spinning ball

Which spinner is credited to impart the highest number of revolutions per second to the ball in test cricket? How was it determined?
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Why tapping the bat on the pitch is not considered illegal?

Why does tapping the bat on the pitch (including the danger zone) not considered as illegal but a bowler running over the danger zone is given a warning? I assume that even if a batsman is "...
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Batting right and left handed every alternate ball in cricket

A switch hit is acceptable in cricket. But if a batsman wants to disturb the line of the bowler by playing right and left handed every alternate ball, would it be allowed.
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Did Kapil Dev hit a ball across a river into someone's car?

Is it true that, in an 80s tour match against Tasmania, Kapil Dev hit the ball from York Park across the North Esk River and into a Kmart car park, hitting someone’s windshield? I looked for an ...
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Why is the mid-afternoon break in a Test Match called the "tea break"?

Since when the break between the second and third session of any day of a test match started getting referred to "tea break"? Although the term is like it has become part of the cricket rule ...
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Why couldn't Nantie Hayward continue his international cricket career for long?

Nantie Hayward was a South African fast bowler who started his international career in 1998/99. I watched his bowling. He was very fast and accurate. At that time, everyone watching him playing ...
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What's the official term for the batting player in women's cricket?

In men's cricket, the term "batsman" or "batsmen" is used to refer to batting players - both by commentators as well as the respective cricket board score cards/commentaries. But ...
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Scheduling West Indies Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

According to Sri Lanka Cricket: Media Release 29th October, 2021 Sri Lanka Cricket will host the West Indies National Team for a two-match test series during the months of November – December 2021. ...
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Confusing presentation of cricket score

Watching the World T20 Final on Sky Sports in England, now I believe that they are just using a feed from the tournament broadcaster so the presentation is not typical for Sky. I dont understand why a ...
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How can I decide which cricket bat to purchase?

I'm 15 years old and just beginning to play cricket. While I was researching bats I decided to get a light weight bat (around 2.6 lb) - but how do I find out what size I need or what company bat I ...
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What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded?

What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded? Should it be a dead ball or should any result - either a dismissal, do ...
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Is this Out or Not Out in cricket?

Is this Out or Not Out in cricket? The batsman hits the ball with his bat, and the ball then hits the fielding helmet not being worn directly, it is then caught by the fielder without the ball ever ...
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In Cricket T20 World Cup 2021, why are Bangladesh & SriLanka Demoted to Group A/B with Afghanistan Promoted to Group 2?

In general, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka are more-or-less stable/well-known/competent teams, but it seems like they have to qualify from Group A/B to move to higher rounds. By itself, that is fine; but ...
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Does the "tea" break in cricket always include actual tea?

Tomorrow is my first match against St. Peters junior team and my coach told me that it will involve a tea break. I do not wish to drink tea - will this be expected or enforced during the tea break?
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Is being a bigger country in terms of population one of the main reasons India is consistently among top cricket teams?

If you see cricket history, India is considered a strong cricket team among top 12 teams. And one of the big reasons is probably history and cricket 'culture'. So this influence a lot that cricket is ...
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How is the NRR (net run rate) in IPL calculated [duplicate]

I am having a confusion regarding the net run rate calculation in IPL. The thing is after all the 14 matches, the NRR of KKR was +0.587 with 14 points. And after 13 matches, the NRR of MI was -0.048 ...
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Does a team lose a review if the review was inconclusive?

Let's say for example that the bowler delivers the ball, there is a very faint edge from the batter and the catch is very close the the ground. The standing umpire gives the decision not out, as they ...
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Can a batsman decline a boundary in order to retain strike?

In a game of cricket, it is not unusual for an experienced, high quality batter to be on strike, opposite a poor, tail-end player at the non-strike end. The player on-strike will usually try to score ...
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Why does "rain stop play" in cricket?

Why does rain stop play in cricket? Is it because the ball will get overly wet and misshapen, or is it for players' safety as the wicket and out-field become slippy? Or some other reason?
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What does "92 in 43 in hundred" mean?

I installed glance app in my phone. It gives me wallpapers on home. What does "92 in 43 in hundred" mean?
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Can a batsman complete a run outside the 2 metre wide cricket pitch?

In hitting a potential winning run in a tied cricket match my brother's bat slipped out of his hand and over the square leg umpire's head. He did not realise that a bat is not needed to complete a run,...
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Extras players role in Cricket game

Can extras player (more than 11) in a team can play the role of a runner for a team player who is injured in a cricket test, odi or t20 game in terms of laws and rules?
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Will this be judged as a legal catch or not? Can a fielder juggle the ball outside the boundary, such that each time he touches ball, he's in the air?

Imagine, the fielder runs towards the ropes trying to stop a six, and catches the ball right near the ropes. But his momentum carries him outside the boundary. So, to stop a six, he throws it up in ...
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Recording players stats [duplicate]

England's final ODI was abandoned, do the players stats still get put on the record during the time that was played.
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WASP win probability prediction for cricket [duplicate]

I'm a programmer looking at implementing the WASP predictor for cricket in python. I could find one formula for calculating the target score in the first innings, in the blog: http://...
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Is a batsman out if they stop a ball spinning onto the wicket with their bat? [duplicate]

If the batsman hits the ball and the ball spins and goes to the wicket, if he stops the ball with the bat, is he out or not out?
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Wicket keeper move after bowl reach to him [closed]

Can a wicket keeper move after bowl reach to him for stumping? Will it be a fair delivery?
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Fair sidearm delivery

In Cricket there are a few rules that I am aware of that deal with understanding what constitutes a fair delivery or not that I know of. One rule is that the bowler cannot bowl from below their waist ...
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Does a legal delivery depend on the arm angle with respect to the head?

Does arm angle with respect to the bowler's head (when seen from front or behind the bowler) need to be constant for all deliveries or can it be changed?
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Isn't the cricket toss just an illusion of control?

The cricket toss gives each team a 50% chance of being able to choose whether they bat or bowl first. I think this is an illusion of control, and there's no advantage to winning it. I'll try and ...
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How many fielders are allowed on offside in cricket?

I'm aware that there are few fielding restriction on leg side, for example that there should not be more than 5 fielders on leg side. But is there similar restriction to offside as well? Can I place ...
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How many times has a team put in to field scored a century on day 1?

In the current game between South-Africa and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 157 in 40 odd overs. Dean Elgar ended the day on 90 odd. This made me wonder how many times in test cricket have a ...
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Rest day in a Cricket Test match

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_cricket If i am not wrong, there was a rest day after 3 days play between both the cricketing nations in the 5 day test match. Is this rule now discarded ? In case ...
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Who is next to bat after a batsman is out?

I've been watching this Big Bash League match and at 1:19:58 (also in other times too) a batsman is out and a new one is coming in. However the new batsman isn't facing the bowler immediately ("...
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How did Shubman Gill get dismissed if the bails didn't fall in Hawk-Eye?

See this video: How did Shubman Gill get dismissed if the bails didn't fall in Hawk-Eye?
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Does Cricket require a bowler's shoulders be at a certain level? Or just the arm to be straight?

I can't seem to find a definitive answer, but it seems like Cricket only requires the arm to completely straight when bowled and it cannot be underarm. This opens up the possibility of someone bowling ...
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Does the bowler's run-up actually contribute anything useful?

Bowlers run up before performing a little hop to get momentum going and bowl the ball. Does the run-up contribute anything to the speed/spin of the ball? Or could you get a similar speed/spin by just ...
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What is it called when one runs for the second run without touching the crease during the first run?

In today's IPL match, during the Sunrisers Hyderabad's innings, in the last bowl Samad and Sharma ran for two runs. But one of them (I don't remember who exactly), while taking the first run didn't ...
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What Is the maximum - Minimum Size of bat player Can use In cricket?

What Is the maximum - Minimum Size of bat which player Can use In cricket. Many Players use small bats and other types like different sizes at different time and situation.
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New South Wales and cricketing talent

New South Wales has produced a lot of top-level cricketers. However, not all of them have gone on to represent NSW at a first-class/List A level. Many have switched loyalties, such as Sir Don Bradman (...
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Third umpire in Hockey and Football sports

Why there is not a third umpire in Hockey or Football sports as it is in Cricket sport?
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How windy does it have to be to cancel a cricket game? [closed]

How windy does it have to be to cancel a cricket game? What sort of wind speeds would make it impractical to play in?
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