Get Inspired: How to get into cricket

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England captain Heather Knight holds a special training session for young cricketers

How can I start playing?

Tell me more about cricket

England are the current world champions in both men's and women's cricket. And as you may have seen from both finals, cricket can be dramatic, explosive and nail-biting.

  • Cricket is a social sport with a variety of formats. Games can be played in a host of ways, ranging from 15 minutes to five days.
  • It's a team sport, but the three key elements - batting, bowling, fielding - rely on individual skills.
  • Traditionally it's played on a field with 11 players per side but there are now many other ways to play newer, scintillating styles - within sports halls, local parks, playgrounds and, in some cases, cages.

Who can play?

From club cricket to an introduction to the basics for children, if you just want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there's a place for everyone. Here are some helpful links to get you started.

To get you in the mood ...

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Moeen's England take on Birmingham street cricketers

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