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(uncountable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.
A game which is very popular in Australia. It is played with two teams, each of which has eleven players. The players wear white clothes. One team bats (two players try and hit a small, hard, red ball and then run between two parts of the pitch, marked by a set of wooden posts, exchanging places). The other team fields (bowls the ball to the players who are batting and tries to catch the ball when the batsmen hit it).
Example: Remember school cricket , where fielding was just an obstacle to your moment in the bowling/batting spotlight? (http://www.saggygreens.com/index.cfm?event=features.detail&fid=2)
A cricket match at the Adelaide Oval
(photo by Edward Palmer)