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Cricket fields consist of a pitch surrounded by a large grass field. Wickets are placed on each side of the pitch, and are used as targets. Teams consist of 11 players, who alternate between fielding and batting. Play begins with the fielding team's bowler bouncing a hard ball towards one of the wickets. A batsman from the batting team defends the wicket by batting it into the field. Once the ball is hit, the batsman attempts to run from one wicket to the other, in order to score runs. Fielders attempt to retrieve the ball, and get the batsman out. Each team bowls a set maximum number of overs, usually between 20 and 50. This restriction creates the "one-day" format. The team with the most runs at the end of the match is the winner.
One-day Cricket is a version of cricket in which a match is completed in one day, accomplished by setting limits in the amount of overs each team bowls. First played in the 1960's, one-day cricket is a version of cricket with built-in limitations on game length. Teams play somewhere between 20 and 50 overs over the course of one day. The style of play is popular worldwide due its shortened length and conclusive nature.
The origins of cricket can be traced back to 16th century England. Started as a children's game, cricket was soon adopted by adults and was played in inter-village competitions. As England spread its influence around the world, cricket exploded in popularity. By the end of the 19th century, cricket had become established in India, North America, the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Throughout the 20th century, the game went through a number of changes, as different styles of play were introduced. One of these new styles, one-day cricket, was first played in England in the 1960's. Professional league play and tournaments soon followed. Today, because of its shortened nature, one-day cricket is popular around the world.