A team consists of eleven players. Depending on his primary skills, a player may be classified as a expert batsman or bowler. A balanced team usually has five or six specialist batsmen and four or five expert bowlers. Teams nearly always include a specialist wicket-keeper since the importance of this fielding position.
A player who excellent in both batting and bowling is known as an all-rounder. One who excellent as a batsman and wicket-keeper is known as a wicket-keeper/batsman, occasionally regarded as a type of all-rounder. True all-rounder are unusual and valued.
The playing field
A normal cricket ground, showing the cricket pitch, close-infield within 15 yards (13.7 m) of the striking batsman, infield inside the white 30 yard (27.4 m) circle, and outfield, with sight screens beyond the boundary at either end.
A wicket consists of three stumps, upright wood stakes that are hammered into the ground, topped with two wooden crosspieces, known as bails. The standard fielding positions in cricket for a right-handed batsman are reversed for a left-handed batsman. The spots are only indicative, as fielders may stand in any part of the ground. Only nine fielders are existing in addition to the bowler and wicketkeeper, so there are always many unprotectedareas.
A perception view of the cricket pitches from the bowler's end. The bowler runs in past one side of the wicket at the bowler's end, either 'over' the wicket or 'round' the wicket.