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International Game Formats for Cricket

Part of the Cricket For Dummies Cheat Sheet

International cricket has a variety of the game for everyone, from the five-day tactical tension of the Test match to the bat-swinging fireworks of Twenty20. The following are a few simple clues to help you tell which of the most popular formats is which.

Test match:

  • Players wear white clothes.

  • Players use a red ball.

  • The match is played in daylight.

  • A match lasts up to five days.

  • The playing day lasts at least seven hours.

One day match:

  • Players wear coloured clothes.

  • Players use a white ball.

  • The match is often played partly under floodlights.

  • Most matches start early afternoon.

  • The playing day lasts about eight hours.

Twenty20 match:

  • Players wear coloured clothes.

  • Players use a white ball.

  • The match is often played partly under floodlights.

  • Most matches are played in the evening.

  • Play lasts just three hours.

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