HOURS OF PLAY
A test match usually commences at 11am and continues until 6pm, with scheduled breaks for tea and lunch.
The innings in cricket organise where players are and what they are doing. When a team is batting, it is their inning. The players switch roles when an inning is over.
A run is scored each time the two batsmen on the field run between the white creases at either end of the pitch. These can be scored whenever the ball is ‘in play’, i.e. the time between when the ball leaves the bowler’s hand and when it’s returned to the wicketkeeper or bowler. The further the ball is hit away from any fielders, the more runs can be scored. The best shots reach the field boundary and are awarded four runs (if the ball bounces first) or six (if it doesn’t).