A cricket victory for England

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English sports fans will be happy today as England has won an important cricket match against New Zealand. Cricket is a bat and ball game with 11 players on each team. Each team takes its turn to hit the ball with a bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.

The game is played by 120 million players in many countries, making it the world’s second most popular sport. Cricket was first played in southern England and by the end of the 18th century, it had developed to be the national sport of England.

Cricket is a unique game where good sportsmanship and fair play has historically been very important. In the last few decades though, cricket has become increasingly fast-paced and competitive.

Notes: a decade      10 years

to field          to try to catch the ball to beat your opponent

Learn a new phrasal verb:

to take up:      to begin

I might take up running as I want to improve my fitness.

He took up swimming when he was 21.

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