Posted: 22 January, 2015 by Web Guy Brett

The Official Rules To A Game Of Backyard Cricket

Tags: Cricket, Backyard Cricket

A living legend of Australian cricket and former captain, Steve Waugh has revealed the official rules for a game of backyard cricket.

So keep these handy for when you decide to get out the wickets today.


Rule 1: First ball reprieve 

This is great for those who are terrible at cricket.  Go for gold on your first ball, because you can't lose a wicket.  It's kinda like a warm-up... and a welcome one at that.

Rule 2: One hand, one bounce 

You need a drink in one hand, which then opens up the chance to dismiss a batsperson on the first bounce by catching the ball with one hand.  Just don’t spill your drink. 

Rule 3: Six and out

Smashing a ball over the fence gets you six runs, however you'll instantly be out and you'll also probably have to go collect the ball from the neighbours backyard.

Rule 4: No LBW

It's every man for themselves, so LBW can't be called at all.  So when you're batting, just stand in front of the wicket as much as you want.

Rule 5: No running between wickets

It's bloody hot, and you've probably just eaten a huge BBQ feast so who wants to run?  Thought so.

Rule 6: Three over spell

If you stay at the crease for longer than three overs, you need to change over.  But an over in backyard cricket is a loose term, so bat until someone complains.

Rule 7: Everyone’s a bowler

Everyone MUST bowl, no matter how bad you are.  Just pelt it at the batsperson... or the wicket.

Rule 8: Deal breaker

Don't take it too seriously. It's all a bit of fun.  However when you hear the sound of glass it's game over.  And you probably should run and hide.

So there you have it, the rules are now clear.  Besides, you can't argue with a cricketing legend.  That would be un-Australian.

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