Cricket – a traditional English sport

Cricket is one of England’s most popular sports and was first played in England in the 16th century. The game is played all over the world, but is most popular in Australia, India, the West Indies and South Africa. Most English schools play cricket during the summer months and many villages and towns have an amateur adult team.

The game is played on a large grass field called a pitch, and players usually wear white trousers and shirts. The bat is made of wood and the ball is small and hard so players need to wear protective clothing. Each cricket team has 11 players and each team takes its turn to score runs by hitting the ball with a bat and running to a wooden marker.

One of the most famous cricket competitions is between England and Australia and is called The Ashes. The competition consists of 5 cricket matches played on 5 days. This year’s competition is not finished yet, but England have won three of the matches, which means they will be the winners.


a pitch           a sports ground eg. football pitch

ashes             when something burns you are left with grey ashes

amateur         not professional, unpaid

wooden           made of wood