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Pros:

All the cricket you need is free with ESPN3 online

All formats (t20, ODI, Test) are different

Way more action than baseball

7 hours for an ODI (one-day international)

Tea breaks

Cons:

A commercial break every 6 "pitches"

Fielders are way worse than baseball fielders

A bad call from an umpire can ruin an entire game

The uniforms players wear makes them look like pizza delivery guys

Tonight should be the second semifinal of the U-19 World Championship between Australia and South Africa, the winner will play Pakistan. I'm sure it'll be on ESPN3.

There is nothing more relaxing than watching Sri Lanka play India at 3 in the morning.

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Pros:

All the cricket you need is free with ESPN3 online

All formats (t20, ODI, Test) are different

Way more action than baseball

7 hours for an ODI (one-day international)

Tea breaks

Cons:

A commercial break every 6 "pitches"

Fielders are way worse than baseball fielders

A bad call from an umpire can ruin an entire game

The uniforms players wear makes them look like pizza delivery guys

Tonight should be the second semifinal of the U-19 World Championship between Australia and South Africa, the winner will play Pakistan. I'm sure it'll be on ESPN3.

There is nothing more relaxing than watching Sri Lanka play India at 3 in the morning.

Seven-hour games are a good thing?

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The 7-hour one-day internationals are split into two at-bats for each team of 11 batsmen. Each team gets 50 overs (50 commercials...); one over is 6 pitches, so each team gets 300 pitches to score as many runs as they can, however, if they make ten "outs" (ten wickets), then they switch, so a game could last 10 pitches per side if every pitch leads to a wicket.

So the game could be shorter than a normal baseball game (requires at least 51 pitches) or, more likely, much longer (because foul balls are home runs & they have leg pads and :censored:).

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Pro:

The game of cricket is so much more fun to watch than most American sports (baseball, basketball, American football)

Playing cricket in the spring and summer league in Victoria, Canada at Beacon Hill Park. Beautiful little ground.

The Ashes and Pakistan v India

Cons:

Is there any?

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Pros:

All the cricket you need is free with ESPN3 online

All formats (t20, ODI, Test) are different

Way more action than baseball

7 hours for an ODI (one-day international)

Tea breaks

Cons:

A commercial break every 6 "pitches"

Fielders are way worse than baseball fielders

A bad call from an umpire can ruin an entire game

The uniforms players wear makes them look like pizza delivery guys

I'd dispute that. The close to the wicket fielding in high level international cricket is often superior or on par with the infield work in MLB. Most of the 'web gems' on ESPN's baseball coverage never stand out to me as that outstanding after growing up watching cricketers do similar things bare-handed for years.

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Pros: Cricket is awesome.

Cons: Not enough people realize cricket is awesome.

You know, I'll probably grant you all of that, but I watch a variety of different sports as it is and, as hard as it might seem to believe given the source, I try to maintain something that resembles an actual life, so I have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

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I've been watching cricket quite a bit on ESPN 3 since I got the watch ESPN app, and I've actually been enjoying it quite a bit. I'm starting to pick the game up better and am catching on pretty quickly. The scoring still confuses me a bit, but I get the general idea. It's a fun sport, and it definitely takes a lotta skill to play, but it'll just bever compare to baseball for me. I went to a match (match? Is that right?) while I was in England and it was fun, but it got pretty boring because it took FOREVER.

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What is everyone's favorite rivalry on the pitch? Can be players, teams, competitions? Mine has always been Pakistan v India...some much history and love for the game

Pakistan vs. India is probably one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

The mesh of historical hatred and extreme passion for the sport on both sides makes a pretty interesting.

Kashmiri students studying in India were expelled and charged with sedition by the state of Uttar Pradesh when a newspaper ran a story about how they were rooting for Pakistan against India. Fortunately the sedition charges were dropped but they are still under arrest.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/03/06/Students-in-India-arrested-expelled-for-rooting-for-Pakistani-team/UPI-91531394135602/?spt=rln∨=2

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Apparently cricket is gaining steam here in the Northeast. I was talking to a local politician, he said he want to a school expecting to here the parents ask for soccer... he was harassed about cricket. The Bangladesh population is really growing in the US.

I want to learn/ understand the sport. The rest of the world thinks its awesome. What are some similarities and differences to baseball.

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What are some similarities and differences to baseball.

Similarities:

They are both bat and ball games which has been around for a long time.

Differences:

The main difference I would say is that when batting, Baseball is about creating offense and if you get out then so be it. Cricket is about not getting out whilst also trying to score runs*. This can contribute to Test Cricket being a dull defensive low action affair at time.

*as each batter can only be out once per inning and the number of innings per team depends on the format of the game - Test = 2 innings each team. One Day = 1 inning each team.

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