The Cricket Ground...
... is a nicely cut grassy field of impressive dimensions. There is no
particular rule on the exact size of the field, dimensions vary.
Although a cricket team consists of twelve players, only eleven out of
them are on the ground during a game. The twelfth remains outside as a
reserve player and comes into the game in case one of the other players
gets hurt. One of the field players takes the position of the so-called
wicketkeeper, another player is the bowler. Thus, there are nine fielders
left which take positions as instructed by the captain. Depending on whether
the captain decides on a defensive or offensive game, the fielders' posistions
vary and so do their tactics.
The general tactics are decided based on several factors. One of the
factors is whether the fielding team has already played the part of the
batting team. If so, it depends whether the captain considers the scores
made during batting high enough to have a chance to win. If the scores
are deemed high enough, the fielders will play rather devensively, that
means the fielders will be positioned in such a way that they can catch
a high number of balls, thus keeping the opponent's scores low. If, however,
their own scores are deemed rather low, they will play aggressively, i.e.
the bowler will bowl aggressivle in order to enhance chances that the
opposing batsman makes a mistake. In this case, the fielders will be positioned
near the batsman.
... is a rectangular area, a central piece within the playground. Its
length is 20,12m, measured from bowling crease to bowling crease. Its
width is 3,05m. It is bordered by the return creases. The long sides are
bordered by imaginary lines lying 1.52m right and 1.52m left of the imaginary
central line which is formed by the central stumps of the two wickets.
Confusingly, the pitch is often called "wicket".