Beach cricket has been a popular summer social and fun game in Australia, India and possibly other cricket playing nations for a long time.
Some of the idiosyncrasies of beach cricket include
- a tennis ball is most commonly used
- hitting into the water can either be out, or an exciting part of the game where spectacular catches are made.
- the cricket stumps may be made out of any material, such as washed up sticks and rubbish bins.
- bowling often requires full tosses, due to the inconsistent bounce on the sand.
Professional Beach Cricket
In the Australian cricket summer 05/05 there will be three beach cricket internationals - between Australia, England and the West Indies.
Some of the rules for these matches include:
- The matches will be played on plastic matting
- A beach cricket ball will be used that is loaded on one side to increase swing
- Each team will include six players
The matches will be played in temporary beach stadiums, in Coolangata (QLD), Scarborough (WA) and Maroubra (NSW). Some of the greats of world cricket will make up the teams:
- Australia: Allan Border (c), Dean Jones, Mark Waugh, Kim Hughes, Damien Fleming, Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee.
- West Indies: Courtney Walsh (c), Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Phil Simmons, Jimmy Adams, Curtley Ambrose, Joel Garner.
- England: Graham Gooch (c), Robin Smith, Allan Lamb, Graeme Hick, Mark Ramprakash, Adam Hollioake, Darren Gough.
- See also other social cricket versions
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