Cricket and baseball: the fraternal twins

Cricket vs. Baseball

Cricket and baseball are similar. You've probably heard that a million times and could understand it from watching just a couple seconds of a match. Both are games played on a grass-and-clay field that feature a pitcher/bowler who throws the ball to a batter, who then hits it to fielders and tries to score runs without getting out.

But if some have called baseball and cricket twins separated at birth, I'm here to tell you they're fraternal twins.

Cricket and baseball have some significant differences that make cricket hard to understand if you expect it to be just like baseball.

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If you're looking for a direct comparison of cricket and baseball, see this website that explains cricket for baseball players.

For example, cricket isn't split into innings like baseball with teams switching from batting to fielding quickly; even though the term "innings" is used in cricket, it means something entirely different.

And a batsman doesn't just get a limited number of pitches like in baseball, either. He's in until he's out. And two batsmen are running at a time. To a baseball fan, that makes very little sense.

And for more on that, see The Basics.

First to get the differences in baseball and cricket, you should understand some differences in field layout, batting and equipment. And after that, you can check out a history of cricket, including its relationship to baseball in the U.S.


Rana Fawad of Arlington, Va.'s The Other Sports Show asks a group watching a match of local teams at the National Mall what they know about cricket. He then explains for baseball fans what makes cricket a very different sport from baseball.

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If you're an American looking to understand the sport cricket (sometimes called baseball's lost twin), this is the website for you. From a fellow American who was once as confused as you are, you can learn the sport's basics, terminology, relation to baseball and a brief history.

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