Jogando Críquete / Playing Cricket
2º dia de viagem - Em Bath, Inglaterra.
O Críquete é considerado por muitos um desporto parecido com o basebol. Ele foi inspirado num rudimentar jogo rural da Inglaterra medieval chamado stoolball. Foi adotado pela nobreza no século XVII. Sofreu muitas transformações ao longo dos anos até se tornar um esporte bastante adimirado no Reino Unido, na Índia e no Paquistão.
Jogam onze de cada lado, num campo sem dimensões fixas, mas sempre muito amplo. Os movimentos principais passam-se numa faixa retangular de 20,108 metros de comprimentos, no centro do relvado, onde a bola (de madeira e borracha) chega a voar 150 km/h. Ela é lançada pelo arremessador contra o alvo do adversário (três varetas fincadas no solo, chamadas wicket), defendido pelo rebatedor. Os outros jogadores dos dois times tomam posições de ataque ou defesa, de acordo com a posse da bola dos arremessadores, e agem com o mesmo objetivo destes: atacar ou defender o wicket. A contagem de pontos varia de acordo com o tipo de jogadas empregadas.
No início, os jogos podiam durar até dez dias. Os tempos modernos, porém, exigiram mudanças. Hoje, a maioria dos jogos é disputada em dois tempos, em uma tarde ou noite.
2nd day of Jouney - At Bath, England.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport contested by two teams, usually of eleven players each. A cricket match is played on a grass field, roughly oval in shape, in the centre of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards (20.12 m) long, called a cricket pitch. A wicket, usually made of wood, is placed at each end of the pitch.
The bowler, a player from the fielding team, bowls a hard, fist-sized cricket ball from the vicinity of one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching the batsman, a player from the opposing team. In defence of the wicket, the batsman plays the ball with a wooden cricket bat. Meanwhile, the other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders, players who retrieve the ball in an effort to stop the batsman scoring runs, and if possible to get him or her out. The batsman — if he or she does not get out — may run between the wickets, exchanging ends with a second batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been waiting near the bowler's wicket. Each completed exchange of ends scores one run. Runs are also scored if the batsman hits the ball to the boundary of the playing area. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.
Cricket has been an established team sport for hundreds of years and more than 100 countries are affiliated to the International Cricket Council, cricket's international governing body. The sport's modern form originated in England, and is most popular in the present and former members of the Commonwealth. In many countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, which are known collectively in cricketing parlance as the West Indies, cricket is the most popular sport. In Australia, while other sports are more popular in particular areas, cricket has been described as the "national sport" and has had a role in forming the national identity. It is also a major sport in England, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Many countries also have well-established amateur club competitions, including the Netherlands, Kenya, Nepal and Argentina.
The sport is followed with passion in many different parts of the world. It has even occasionally given rise to diplomatic outrage, notoriously the Basil D'Oliveira affair (which led to the banning of South Africa from sporting events) and the Bodyline Test series in the early 1930s (which led to a temporary deterioration in relations between Australia and the United Kingdom).