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The Ball

is hard, made of cork and string, and covered with leather. The leather covering is joined in two hemispheres. The seam is thus like an equator, and the stitching is raised slightly. The circumference is between 22.4 and 22.9 cm (8.81 to 9.00 inches), and the ball weighs between 156 and 163 grams (5.5 to 5.75 ounces). Traditionally the ball is dyed red, with the stitching left white.
The Bat

The blade is traditionally made of willow, flat on one side, humped on the other for strength, attached to a sturdy cane handle.

It has a maximum width of 108 millimeters (4.25 inches) and the whole bat has a maximum length of 965 millimeters (38 inches).


Three wooden posts, 25 millimeters (1 inch) in diameter and 813 millimeters (32 inches) high. They have spikes extending from their bottom end and are hammered into the ground in an evenly spaced row, with the outside edges of the outermost stumps 22.86 cm (9 inches) apart. They are close enough together that a cricket ball cannot pass between them.

Three stumps were introduced in 1775 (previously only two were used) and this became mandatory in 1785 when two bails were also introduced.


The bails are two wooden crosspieces which sit in grooves on the top of adjacent pairs of stumps.

Each bail is 11.1 cm in length.

Pitch Diagram

Pitch Diagram

Umpires' Signals

Out !

Umpires gestures to the scorers, players and spectators on the following events:

When a batsman is out, the umpire making the decision raises one hand above his head, with the index finger extended.

Not Out
This is a trick question! There is no formal signal to indicate that a batsman is not out. The umpire can either shake his head `no' or not signal at all.

Four !

Four runs

A four scored by the ball reaching the boundary is signaled by an arm extended horizontally and waved briefly back and forth in a horizontal arc.


Six runs

A six is signaled by raising both arms straight over the head.

No Ball

A no ball is signaled by holding an arm out horizontally.



A wide is signaled by holding both arms out horizontally.


Runs scored as byes are signaled by raising one arm over the head, palm open.

Leg Byes

Leg byes are signaled by raising one leg and tapping the knee with one hand.

Dead Ball

If the umpire has to signal dead ball to prevent the players from assuming that the ball is still alive, he waves both arms across each other in front of his abdomen.

One Short

One short is signaled by touching the tip of one hand to the same shoulder.

TV Replay

If an umpire wishes the third umpire to make a decision based on a TV replay, he signals by drawing a large square shape in the air with both hands, spreading them out high in the air in front of him, bringing them down, and then together again.



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