Cricket, England’s national summer sport, which is now played throughout the world, particularly in Australia, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, and the British Isles. It is played with a bat and ball and involves two competing sides (teams) of 11 players. Learn more about cricket, including its rules and origin.
They may feed on plants, animals, clothes, and each other. The field cricket (also called the black cricket) is common in fields and yards and sometimes enters buildings. The house cricket, introduced into North America from Europe, has a light-coloured head with dark cross bands and may be found in buildings and refuse heaps. Widely distributed, house and field crickets chirp day and night.
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Cricket is an outdoor team sport played with a bat and ball. It developed in England. It is also very popular in places that England once ruled as colonies, such as Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies. More than 90 countries are members of the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council.
In England and other Commonwealth countries cricket is carried on by village and amateur clubs and by schools and universities. Professional, first-class cricket is played by county teams within England and by mainly state, province, or island teams in other countries.
Insects called crickets but not of the cricket family Gryllidae include the camel cricket, Jerusalem cricket, mole cricket, and pygmy sand cricket. × It’s here: the NEW Britannica Kids website!
Immensely popular in England, Australia, India, and many other British Commonwealth countries, the sport of cricket is a way of life for many people. Thought to have originated as far back as the 13th century, cricket has a long history and a literacy all its own.