Cricket is a sport played between two teams of eleven players. But who invented cricket? This post will help answer that question by telling you some of the history of cricket.
Who Invented Cricket?
Unfortunately, no one knows exactly who invented cricket. In 1301, Prince Edward played a game of ‘creag’ which some people think was an early form of cricket. Other people believe the game was invented in the Netherlands during the 13th, 14th or 15th century. The earliest written reference to ‘cricket’ is in a 1598 court case which noted that some boys were playing a game of ‘creckett’. Most historians believe the game was originally played by children. By the early 1600′s adults starting playing the game.
Some Facts About Cricket
- The first One Day International (ODI) game was played between Australia and England on 5 January, 1971. Australia won the 40 over game by 5 wickets.
- A cricket pitch is 22 yards long.
- Cricket bats are made from the wood of White Willow trees.
- Cricket is usually played during the summer when there is less chance of rainfall.
- People from Wales are eligible to play for the English cricket team.
- The English cricket team made their first trip to Australia in 1862.
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