THE INVENTION OF CRICKET
Cricket was probably invented by children
during Saxon or Norman times.
It was played in fields on farms using a lump
of matted sheep's wool as a ball, a stick or
farm tool as a bat and a stool or tree stump
or gate as wickets.
The first definite reference of cricket was in
1598 in a court case over a schools plot of land.
Cricket’s name might be derived from:
The middle Dutch term Krick( -e)
The old English term Cricc or Cryce
The other middle Dutch term
In the 1800’s people wore top hats and suits.
In the 1900’s whites started being worn but with a buttoned long
In the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s people stopped using long sleeved
In the 1990s’s an Australian cricket player called Shane Warne cut his
sleeves off so cricket clothes companies made shirts with shorter sleeves.
Coloured clothing started being used by a rebel league in Australia led
by Kerry Packer and then it caught on to international cricket for
ODI’s with white balls and black sight screens.
In most of the 1800’s there was no protective
gear at all.They had a curved bat.
In the 1880’s bats had cane handles and pads
were stuffed with horse hair.
1900’s pads and gloves.
1950’s modern style gloves started being used.
Prototype cricket helmets came into use in the
Cricket was helped in the 1800’s by the railway
system. This meant that players could travel further
to play each other,and that spectators could travel
further to watch matches.
In the early 1900’s people could start listening to
cricket matches over the radio. Then in the late 1900’s
people could finally watch cricket on television.
VARIATIONS OF THE GAME
Very early cricket was a bit random and didn’t play for a
certain amount of time and they bowled underarm.
Test matches were the first games of cricket played for a set
amount of time.
The first ODI (one day international) was played in
Melbourne at the MCG between Australia and England in
1971 when a test match was rained off.
In the 2000’s Cricket Max was invented by former Black Cap
Martin Crowe. It didn’t last.
Colours are still used for ODI’s and whites
are used for tests.
Most shirts have collars but some do not.
Trousers are still worn.
Now they use really massive pads and bats and have
lots of extra gear like thigh pads, arm guards and
Gloves and helmets are getting bigger and more
protective as well.
Peter McGlashen is a Black Cap who designs cricket
gear for the cricket brand Aero. He has designed a
baseball like face mask for wicket-keeping.
These days there are heaps of TV’s so people can
watch and be far more interested and connected with
Now you can visit cricket websites to find out scores,
and keep up with the news.
For run outs, if the umpire can’t make a decision, he
can ask the third umpire to make the decision. He can
watch the run on screens with different angles to
make the decision.
Now they have heat sensors to see if the players hit
the ball or not. This is called hotspot, and is only
available to spectators. Hawkeye is when you can see
the path of the ball in blue, and the predicted path in
red to see whether the ball would have hit the
wickets. This is also only available to spectators
VARIATIONS OF THE GAME
Test matches are 5 day games.
ODI’s are one day games with 50 overs per team.
Twenty/20’s are shortened ODI’s with twenty overs
rather than 50.
Cricket sixes is played with six players. Players have
to retire after one over and can come back in if
everyone is out. There are only five overs per team.
We predict third umpires will have hotspot and hawkeye.
Bats may be made out of something other than willow.
Cricket balls may be different colours.
Two innings of half as many overs for each team in ODI’s.
There may be permanent stands for beach cricket.
There may be nets at a certain height above the stadium to
hit for extra runs.
Cricket Max and cricket sixes may be played more
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