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Jacques Kallis bowls for South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground

History of Cricket

Dates in Cricket History

Origins of Baseball

Cricket for Baseball Players

The Basics

Bowling (Pitching)


Scoring Plays

Game Length


Cricket vs Baseball

Cricket Ball

The ball, when new, shall weigh not less than 5 1/2 ounces/155.9g, nor more than 5 3/4 ounces/163g, and shall measure not less than 8 13/16 in/22.4cm, nor more than 9 in/22.9cm in circumference.


The present physical specs of a baseball (5-5 1/2 ounces and 9-9 1/2 inches) dates back to 1872.
Six-seven dozen baseballs are used in a typical Major League game. The average life of a baseball in the Majors is 6 pitches.

Cricket Bat

The bat overall shall not be more than 38 inches/96.5cm in length. The blade of the bat shall be made solely of wood and shall not exceed 4 1/4 in/10.8cm at the widest part.

Baseball Bat

The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.

Batting Helmet

Batting Helmet

Batting Gloves

Contact between the ball and any part of a glove worn on the striker's hand holding the bat shall be regarded as the ball striking or touching the bat.

Batting Gloves

Wicket Keeper's Floppy Hat

Catcher's Mask

Wicket-keeping Gloves

Catcher's Mitt

Wicket-keeping pads

Catcher Leg Guards

Bare Hands

Baseball Glove

The glove shall not measure more than 12'' from the tip of any one of the 4 fingers, through the ball pocket to the bottom edge or heel of glove.


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