Cricket tournaments come and go, but there is one that remains to have a special place in the heart of every serious fan of Test Cricket. Yes, we are indeed talking about the Ashes here – and the Ashes that have just finished over in England were as captivating – and controversial – as ever.
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Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport. Many variations exist, with its most popular form played on an oval-shaped outdoor arena known as a cricket field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard (20.12 m) long pitch that is the focus of the game. A game (or match) is contested between two teams of eleven players each. 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.
The World Cup is a festival of cricket and offers the chance to see all the best players in the world in one place. They have the ability, but do you have the knowledge to succeed in cricket betting? And who should you hand your hard earned cash over to? Here is the who, what and why to cricket bookies.
England entered the Cricket World Cup as one of the underdogs for the trophy after a heavy series defeat against tournament favourites Australia. While that tag remains, they have become the most entertaining side in the tournament, sometimes to their detriment. So sit back, watch and enjoy - just don’t bet on them!