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You have two sides - one out in the field and one in.

Each man that is in the side that is in goes out and when he is out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out.

When they are all out, the side that is out comes in and the side that has been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When both sides have been in and out including the not outs, that is the end of the game.


  1. By field is meant any relatively flat piece of land preferably covered with grass. Size and shape is not important.

  2. The field is often bordered by roads on all sides which are called boundaries and a pond somewhere in the field is common.

  3. A public house next to the field, to enable players who have either not yet been in, who are out or have been in and are now out to purchase liquid refreshments during the game, is very popular.

  4. Chairs placed around the circumference of the field for the use of players in the outfield in the team that is out are also very popular.

  5. International games, called Test Matches, can go through this procedure twice which takes up to five days with breaks each day for lunch and tea and often also for rain.

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