South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw on death of Phil Hughes: 'This is a devastating day for all of us who knew Phillip. The entire cricketing community is in shock and struggling to come to terms with the death of such a popular and talented player. Loved by everyone, Phillip was a quality guy and a remarkable talent. He had many friends and teammates here, interstate and overseas, and it important we offer them all the support and space we need to help deal with this tragic event' - @smh
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner on death of cricketer Phil Hughes: 'As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip's family and friends at this incredibly sad time' - @AFP
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.
The bowler delivers the ball to the batsman who attempts to hit the ball with his bat away from the fielders so he can run to the other end of the pitch and score a run. Each batsman continues batting until he is out. The batting team continues batting until ten batsmen are out, or a specified number of overs of six balls have been bowled, at which point the teams switch roles and the fielding team comes in to bat.
In professional cricket the length of a game ranges from 20 overs per side to Test cricket played over five days. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) with additional Standard Playing Conditions for Test matches and One Day Internationals.
Cricket was first played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, it had developed to be the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international match was held. ICC, the game's governing body, has 10 full members. The game is most popular in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies and Southern Africa.