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(Note: In cricket-speak, the word "innings" is used for both the plural and the singular. "Inning" is a term used only in baseball.)
A cricket field is a roughly elliptical field of flat grass, ranging in size from about 90 to 150 meters (100-160 yards) across, bounded by an obvious fence or other marker. There is no fixed size or shape for the field, although large deviations from a low-eccentricity ellipse are discouraged. In the center of the field, and usually aligned along the long axis of the ellipse, is the pitch, a carefully prepared rectangle of closely mown and rolled grass over hard-packed earth. It is marked with white lines, called creases, like this:
The dimensions are in centimeters (divide by 2.54 for inches).
The official Test Cricket nations are currently: England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh.
Minor cricketing nations (which do not play Test cricket, but do compete for a place in the World Cup One-Day competition) include: Ireland, Kenya, Fiji, Canada, The Netherlands, USA.
In the sport of cricket, a batsman reaches his century when he scores 100 or more runs in a single inning. Sachin Tendulkar made history when he became the first batsman in history to score 100 centuries. Here's a list of those players who have scored centuries in their career, with a minimum of 22 test match centuries (some of these numbers may have gone up by the time you read this post).
Most century in test match cricket by a batsman in career.
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||51||188||65||32||248*||14|
|Jacques Kallis (South Africa)||42||151||55||39||224||14|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||41||162||60||28||257||16|
|Rahul Dravid (India)||36||164||63||32||270||8|
|Sunil Gavaskar (India)||34||125||45||16||236*||12|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||34||131||48||6||400*||17|
|Steve Waugh (Australia)||32||168||50||46||200||22|
|Mathew Hayden (Australia)||30||103||29||14||380||14|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||29||128||40||13||374||11|
|Don Bradman (Australia)||29||52||13||10||334||7|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||28||106||38||12||287||5|
|Allan Border (Australia)||27||156||63||44||205||11|
|Gary Sobers (West Indies)||26||93||30||21||365*||12|
|Graeme Smith (South Africa)||24||97||31||11||277||10|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)||24||137||56||37||203*||13|
|Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)||24||90||33||12||223||11|
|Greg Chappell (Australia)||24||87||31||19||247*||12|
|Vivian Richards (West Indies)||24||121||45||12||291||10|
|Justin Langer (Australia)||23||105||32||10||250||11|
|Javed Miandad (Pakistan)||23||124||43||21||280*||6|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||22||96||32||6||319||15|
|Md Azharuddin (India)||22||99||21||9||199||5|
|Colin Cowdrey (England)||22||114||38||15||182||9|
|Wally Hammond (England)||22||85||24||16||336*||4|
|Geoffrey Boycott (England)||22||108||42||23||246*||10|
Those who're coming up to join this list are: Younis Khan of Pakistan with 20 centuries, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss of England and Michael Clarke of Australia with 19 centuries each, VVS Laxman of India at 17 centuries, and Ian Bell of England and Michael Hussey of Australia with 16 career centuries so far.
Source: It's Only Cricket
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