# Know your baseball? Then you know some cricket too Quiz

### This quiz is for baseball fans! There are many more similarities between baseball and cricket than you might think. Cricket may appear to be a strange game but using only your baseball knowledge, you can learn a lot about cricket very quickly.

A multiple-choice quiz by MikeMaster99. Estimated time: 3 mins.

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MikeMaster99
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3 mins
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345,168
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Baseball and cricket are both contests between bat and ball. Throwing the ball when fielding is exactly the same action in the two sports. So how big is a cricket ball? Hint

Impossible to say as a cricket ball varies in size
Much smaller than a baseball
Almost the same size as a baseball
Much bigger than a baseball

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2. The speeds achieved by the fastest bowlers (pitchers) is the same in both sports. What speed do the very fastest deliveries (pitches) come at the batsman (batter)? Hint

90 - 100 mph (145 - 161 kph)
9 - 10 mph (14.5 - 16.1 kph)
50 - 60 mph (80 - 97 kph)
70 - 80 mph (113 - 129 kph)

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3. The time for the batsman (batter) to react to, and then hit, the fastest delivery is the same in both sports. That means the distance between the batsman (batter) and bowler (pitcher) is the same in both sports. What is this distance? Hint

approx 90 feet (27.4 m)
approx 30 feet (9.1 m)
approx 60 feet (18.3 m)
approx 75 feet (22.9 m)

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4. Scoring in baseball occurs when a batter safely gets around all the bases. In cricket, scoring occurs when the batsman gets safely from one end of the pitch (the area between the sets of stumps) to the other. Unlike baseball, in cricket there are two batsmen, one at either end, and they both have to make it safely to the opposite end. In both sports, what is this 'score' called? Hint

Point
Slam dunk
Run
Miracle

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5. Just like baseball, in cricket which team wins the game? (select the best answer here) Hint

The team with the smaller number of outs
The team that plays the most stylish game
The team with the highest number of 'out of the park' hits
The team scoring the highest number of runs

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6. When all the batsmen have been given out, what is this segment of the cricket match called? Yes, it is what you might think from baseball! Hint

Innings
Period
Stanza
Chukka

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7. When a batsman hits the ball in the air and it is caught by a fielder before the ball hits the ground, is he out?

Yes
No

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8. Another common element between the two sports is the constant disagreement of the fans with decisions made by the adjudicating officials. What is the correct name for these officials in cricket? Hint

Linesmen
Referees
Umpires
Blind bats

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9. Of course there are some differences between the games too! How many times can a batsman swing at and completely miss the ball before he is 'struck out', assuming that none of these balls hit the stumps? In baseball the answer is obviously 3. Hint

3
25
10
An unlimited number

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10. There is another important difference. In baseball, a legal hit must travel in the arc between first and third bases. In cricket, where can a legal hit go? Hint

Anywhere as long as it is in front of the batsman
Only on the right hand side from the batsman's viewpoint
Anywhere except straight back towards the bowler
There is no restriction at all - it can go anywhere

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Baseball and cricket are both contests between bat and ball. Throwing the ball when fielding is exactly the same action in the two sports. So how big is a cricket ball?

Answer: Almost the same size as a baseball

A cricket ball is between 8 13/16 inches and 9 inches (224 and 229 mm) in circumference while a baseball is fractionally larger with a circumference of between 9 and 9.25 in (229 and 235 mm). A cricket ball is about 10% heavier, weighing between 5.5 and 5.75 oz (156 and 163 g) - while a baseball weighs between 5 and 5.25 oz (142 and 149 g).

A cricket ball has a single, raised seam. Both have a leather outer casing.
2. The speeds achieved by the fastest bowlers (pitchers) is the same in both sports. What speed do the very fastest deliveries (pitches) come at the batsman (batter)?

Answer: 90 - 100 mph (145 - 161 kph)

Pitchers, especially closers, are more likely to approach 100 mph, while the top end of the speed range is far less common in cricket. Fast bowlers are more typically in the 90-95 mph range. One fundamental difference is that in cricket, the ball is meant to hit the ground once before it reaches the batsman.

Hence good bowlers move the ball in the air as in baseball, but can also make the ball deviate when it hits the ground.
3. The time for the batsman (batter) to react to, and then hit, the fastest delivery is the same in both sports. That means the distance between the batsman (batter) and bowler (pitcher) is the same in both sports. What is this distance?

Answer: approx 60 feet (18.3 m)

In baseball, the distance from the pitcher's rubber to the plate is 60.6 feet. The distance between the two sets of stumps - the bowler's target in cricket - is 66 feet (20.1 m). But the bowler releases the ball about 3 feet closer to the batsman and the batsman stands about 3 feet in front of the stumps.

Hence the batsman or batter has about 0.4 seconds to pick up the ball in flight, decide what shot to play and then execute it. No matter which sport, this is extremely challenging!
4. Scoring in baseball occurs when a batter safely gets around all the bases. In cricket, scoring occurs when the batsman gets safely from one end of the pitch (the area between the sets of stumps) to the other. Unlike baseball, in cricket there are two batsmen, one at either end, and they both have to make it safely to the opposite end. In both sports, what is this 'score' called?

Once on base in baseball, a batter (or pinch runner) can be out if they are tagged out or forced out when the ball reaches the on-base fielder before the batter reaches the base. In cricket, the batsman will be out if the ball hits the stumps before the batsman crosses the crease - a line drawn on the ground before the stumps. This is called being 'run out'.
5. Just like baseball, in cricket which team wins the game? (select the best answer here)

Answer: The team scoring the highest number of runs

Unlike baseball, scores of well over 300 runs are possible in cricket! The winner is still the team who scores the most number of runs - it doesn't matter whether they are stylish runs, very big hits or runs scored by scrapping very hard. Also different to baseball, a batsman continues batting after making a run - he only stops when he is 'out'.
6. When all the batsmen have been given out, what is this segment of the cricket match called? Yes, it is what you might think from baseball!

In baseball, 3 outs make an innings and each team bats for 9 innings (or 8 for the home team if they're leading after the top of the 9th). There are now 3 different game durations for international cricket. Test matches last for 5 days(!) where both teams get two innings. Shorter forms are one innings per team where there are a defined number of balls (pitches) per team.

The World Cup is based on 300 balls per batting team. These games last for approx 7 hours. Since the start of the 21st century, an even shorter form, called 20-20 cricket, has each team receiving just 120 balls, so the game is finished in a TV-friendly time of 3-4 hours. Unlike baseball, there are 10 outs in each innings.

There are 11 players on each team. When a batsman is out, another batsman replaces him (or her, women's cricket is also very popular!).
7. When a batsman hits the ball in the air and it is caught by a fielder before the ball hits the ground, is he out?

Being caught is one of the most common ways for a batsman to be out (dismissed) in cricket. Two other common methods of dismissal include: i) being 'bowled' - when the ball hits the stumps after the bowler 'pitches' it at the batsman; ii) the curiously named 'leg before wicket' - this is where the ball would have hit the stumps to bowl the batsman except that his body (most often the leg) gets in the way.

The nuances of the leg before wicket rules are quite complex and can be learned after watching the game for a long time!
8. Another common element between the two sports is the constant disagreement of the fans with decisions made by the adjudicating officials. What is the correct name for these officials in cricket?

In cricket there are two umpires on the field at one time. One stands directly behind the stumps at the bowlers end and makes decisions about whether the batsman has edged the ball (foul tip) to be caught, whether the batsman is out 'leg before wicket' (did you read the I.I. for question 7?) and counts the number of deliveries (pitches) by the bowler.

The other umpire stands at right angles to the stumps at the batters to judge whether the batsman has been run out. In both sports there is a forensic examination of every close call!
9. Of course there are some differences between the games too! How many times can a batsman swing at and completely miss the ball before he is 'struck out', assuming that none of these balls hit the stumps? In baseball the answer is obviously 3.

An unlimited number of times to miss the ball is one of the reasons the game can take so long! A good strategy for batsmen is to play very carefully any ball that is going to hit the stumps and try to hit any ball that is missing the stumps very hard. Unlike baseball, in cricket there is no compulsion to run after the batsman hits the ball. Both batsmen decide whether they can safely get to the other end without being run out (they call to each other about this). If so, they run. If not, they stay where they are and score zero.
10. There is another important difference. In baseball, a legal hit must travel in the arc between first and third bases. In cricket, where can a legal hit go?

Answer: There is no restriction at all - it can go anywhere

There is no restriction at all where the ball can go! Hence fielders have to cover the full 360 degrees around the oval shaped ground. Unlike baseball, fielders use bare hands to catch and field the ball except for the wicket-keeper (equivalent to catcher) who wears two gloves to catch the ball. Like baseball, careful thought goes into where the field is positioned based on the game situation and the strengths and weaknesses of the batsman.
Source: Author MikeMaster99

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