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Cricket clothing and equipment is regulated by the laws of
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Cricket whites New Zealand national cricket team, New Zealand cricketers wearing cricket whites Cricket whites, also known as flannels, the kit or uniform worn by most cricketers, and usually consists of trousers, shirt and a jumper. Originally, as indicated ...
, sometimes called flannels, are the loose fitting clothes which are worn while playing cricket so as not to restrict the player's movement. Use of protective equipment, such as cricket helmets, gloves and pads, is also regulated.


Clothing and protective gear

* Collared shirt (white in tests domestic; as per team kit in one day formats nternational with short or long sleeves depending on the climate or personal preference. * Long trousers (
white White is the lightest color Color (American English American English (AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), sometimes called United States English or U.S. English, is the set of varieties of the English language native to the Unite ...
in tests and domestic; as per team kit in one day formats nternational. * Jumper (a woollen pullover, if necessary). This is usually a vest. *
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cricket cap Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bail (cricket), bai ...
or
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baseball cap
. * Spiked shoes to increase traction. *Protective equipment **
Jockstrap A jockstrap (also known as a jock, strap, cup, groin guard, supporter, or athletic supporter) is an undergarment Undergarments or underwear are items of clothing worn beneath outer clothes, usually in direct contact with the skin, althoug ...
with cup pocket into which a "box", or
protective cup A jockstrap (also known as a jock, strap, cup, groin guard, supporter, or athletic supporter) is an undergarment for protecting the testes and penis during contact sports, or other vigorous physical activity. A jockstrap consists of a waistband (u ...

protective cup
, is inserted and held in place. **
Abdominal guard A jockstrap (also known as a jock, strap, cup, groin guard, supporter, or athletic supporter) is an undergarment for protecting the testes and penis during contact sports, or other vigorous physical activity. A jockstrap consists of a waistband (u ...

Abdominal guard
or "box" or an L Guard for male batsmen and wicket-keepers (often referred to as a ''cup'', ''box'' or ''abdo guard''). It is usually constructed from high density plastic with a padded edge, shaped like a hollow half-pear, and inserted into the
jockstrap A jockstrap (also known as a jock, strap, cup, groin guard, supporter, or athletic supporter) is an undergarment Undergarments or underwear are items of clothing worn beneath outer clothes, usually in direct contact with the skin, althoug ...
with cup pocket underwear of the batsmen and wicket-keeper. This is used to protect the crotch area against impact from the ball. **
Helmet A helmet is a form of protective gear Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by p ...
(often with a visor), worn by batsmen and fielders close to the batsman on strike to protect their heads. ** Leg pads, worn by the two batsmen and the wicket-keeper, used to protect the
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against impact from the ball. The wicket-keeping pads are slightly different from the batsmen's. Fielders that are fielding in close to the batsmen may wear shin guards under their trousers. ** Thigh guard, arm guards, chest guard, and elbow guards to protect the body of the batsmen. Some batsmen use these and others do not, since they reduce mobility. **
Gloves A glove is a garment File:KangaSiyu1.jpg, A kanga (African garment), kanga, worn throughout the African Great Lakes region Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel, and attire) are items worn on the body. Typically, clothing is made of fa ...
for batsmen only, thickly padded above the fingers and on the thumb of the hand, to protect against impact from the ball. **
Wicket-keeper's gloves A pair of wicket-keeping gloves. The webbing which helps the keeper to catch the ball can be seen between the thumb and index fingers. A wicket-keeper's gloves or mitt are large leather gloves worn by cricket players of the defending team which ...
for the
wicket-keeper The wicket-keeper in the sport of cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at e ...
. Usually includes webbing between the thumb and index fingers. Batsmen are allowed to wear gloves while batting. The batsman can be also caught out if the ball touches the glove instead of the bat, provided the hand is in contact with the bat. This is because the glove is considered to be the extension of the bat. The batsman may also wear protective helmets, usually with a visor, to protect themselves. Helmets are usually employed when facing
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. While playing spinners, it might not be employed (though injuries are still possible). Fielders cannot use gloves to field the ball. If they wilfully use any part of their clothing to field the ball they may be penalised 5 penalty runs to the opposition. If the fielders are fielding close to the batsman, they are allowed to use helmets and leg guards worn under their clothing. As the wicket-keeper is positioned directly behind the batsman, and therefore has the ball bowled directly at him, he is the only fielder allowed to wear gloves and (external) leg guards.Law 40 (The wicket-keeper)
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''. Retrieved 23 November 2013. Cricket clothing is generally white In
Test cricket Test cricket is the form of the sport of cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wi ...
, as is traditional, but
limited-overs cricket Limited overs cricket, also known as one-day cricket, is a version of the sport of cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is ...
players generally have clothing based on team colors, similar to other sports.


Equipment

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Ball
– A red, white or pink ball with a
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base, wrapped in
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twine
covered with leather. The ball should have a circumference of unless it is a children's size. *
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Bat
– A wooden bat is used. The wood used is from the
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Kashmir
or English
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tree. The bat cannot be more than long and wide. Aluminum bats are not allowed. The bat has a long handle and one side has a smooth face. *
Stumps In cricket, the stumps are the three vertical posts that support the bails and form the wicket In cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at ...
– three upright wooden poles that, together with the bails, form the
wicket In cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two Bai ...

wicket
. * Bails – two crosspieces made of wood, placed on top of the stumps. *
Sight screen In cricket, a sight screen is an apparatus, often comprising wooden or poly-carbonate slats, or cloth sheeting, on a large frame made of wood or another material, that is positioned alongside the cricket field to provide the Batting (cricket), b ...
– A screen placed at the boundary known as the ''sight screen''. This is aligned exactly parallel to the width of the pitch and behind both pairs of wickets. *
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– A rope demarcating the perimeter of the field known as the boundary.


See also

* , where much of the equipment isn't used or is replaced with easier-to-find alternatives *
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Sports uniform


References

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