Explaining Cricket to Americans (foreigners) (in Off-topic)


4074 days old {Gaza} August 23 2005 12:42 AM EDT

you have 2 sides; a team that's in and a team that's out.. two men in the team that's in go out and when one of the men who's in is out; the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out; the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get min still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in; the men who are out are trying to get him out; and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decided 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 all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

That's the wonderful game of cricket

salt3d August 23 2005 12:47 AM EDT

Reminds me of a tea towel I have. :)

Definitely the best and most simple explanation of the game.

! Love Barney August 23 2005 12:47 AM EDT

American football is so much better :p

LumpBot August 23 2005 12:49 AM EDT

I think outties are kind of wierd, I've always been a innie man myself...oh wait are we not talking about belly buttons?

salt3d August 23 2005 12:51 AM EDT

I don't think any cricketers are interested in your belly button preferences, Spaceman. Possibly Shane Warne, but even that's unlikely.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] August 23 2005 12:55 AM EDT


That says nothing about how the ins get out or the outs get in. The two umpires use what criteria? And what is the scoring? How do the ins and outs know who has won, when it's over?

Relic August 23 2005 12:57 AM EDT

I always thought it had something to do with a cricket and a wicket, but maybe being an American, maybe I missed something. Heaven knows Britains never do. :)

BrandonLP August 23 2005 1:01 AM EDT

/me searches for a cricket Wiki.

maulaxe August 23 2005 2:03 AM EDT

there might be crickets on the pitch... or crickets being pitched... or the sound of crickets when you don't use the correct cricket terms...
jimminy cricket, thats too many crickets!

Dragon Slayer August 23 2005 2:35 AM EDT

gaza where you drunk when you typed that up? it makes no sense...

xDanELx August 23 2005 2:47 AM EDT

So, an out is an in, and when you are in an in, you are out? How about in an out, are you in an in, or are you in an out? :)

sssimmo August 23 2005 2:59 AM EDT

First your in, but to be in you have to be out. Once your out, you go back in. Got it xDanielx?

Xiaz on Hiatus August 23 2005 3:21 AM EDT

Also, they toss a coin, before the game, to decide who's in and who's out.

salt3d August 23 2005 3:30 AM EDT

There are no such things as 'an in' or 'an out'. When the man before you is out, you go out by coming in. You stay in until the team that is out gets you out, in which case you go back in.

Simple, really. I don't know why there are so many questions.

Staind2b August 23 2005 3:40 AM EDT

lol, you haven't talked about wickets, and how the scoring systems works :P

AdminG Beee August 23 2005 4:06 AM EDT

Scoring is simple.
You hit the ball out along the ground for 4 and you hit the ball out throught the air for 6. If you hit the ball and it stays in you can run between the wickets for individual runs. Depending on how close the ball goes to out and how far it is away from one of the in players you have a longer time to run and score runs. Be careful to make sure that when trying to hit the ball out it doesn't go to a player whos in without bouncing or you will be out and give the opportunity to the out team to get back in. There's nothing worse than trying to hit the ball out and it staying in, then the in player throws it to the wicket and gets you out before you have a chance to get safely back in.

Genius [MoneyTalks] August 23 2005 4:09 AM EDT

good job!! thats a great explanation gaza, its easy enough to understand for me. (I'm not being sarcastic... I come from a country that plays cricket)

[Quoth]The Raven August 23 2005 4:10 AM EDT

Cricket for Americans, by an American.

Enjoy!

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] August 23 2005 8:23 AM EDT

LBW!!!

Howzat!?!?!?!?!

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 August 23 2005 9:04 AM EDT

"In a cricket match each side (teams are called "sides") is
up twice. The first team bats, the second team bats, the
first team bats, the second team bats, and whaddaya know,
it's five days later." ROFL :-P

wldflr August 23 2005 9:10 AM EDT

Why do you guys make such a simple thing so complicated? :) Everyone knows crickets are those ugly little green creatures out in your backyard that make a lot of noise at night!

AdminG Beee August 23 2005 9:13 AM EDT

If we're gonna let women contribute on this thread I'm closing it !!

No disrespect to women or wldflr in particular but some things are just sacrosanct to the mans world ;)

wldflr August 23 2005 9:20 AM EDT

/me winks at G... hey, they even allow us out of the kitchen nowadays

SaintMichael August 23 2005 12:25 PM EDT

thanks for the explanation, gosh, odd sport

Special J August 23 2005 12:29 PM EDT

Cricket are brown commonly, grasshoppers are green.

Geez, see what letting women post gets us to?
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