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The term wicket has numerous meanings in cricket sport. First, it’s one of two sets of three stumps and two bails at either end of the pitch. A batsman guards the wicket, attempting to prevent the ball from striking the wicket and scoring runs whenever feasible with his bat (and occasionally with his pads, although see the regulations on LBW, leg before wicket).

Second, the dismissal of a batsman is sometimes referred to (incorrectly, according to the Laws of Cricket) as the taking of a wicket, and third, the cricket pitch itself is sometimes referred to (incorrectly, according to the Laws of Cricket) as the wicket. The size and shape of the wicket has changed several times over the last 300 years; its dimensions and placement are now determined by Law 8 in the Laws of Cricket, thus: three wooden stumps, each measuring 28 inches (71.12 cm), cover the wicket.

The stumps are positioned evenly spaced along the batting crease. They’re set up such that they’re 9 inches (22.86 cm) apart. On top of the stumps, two wooden bails are put in shallow grooves. The bails must not protrude more than 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) above the stumps and must be 4.31 inches (10.95 cm) in length for cricket.

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The bails must not protrude more than 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) above the stumps and must be 4.31 inches (10.95 cm) in length for cricket.
The barrel and spigots of the bail have certain lengths as well. For junior cricket, there are several standards for wickets and bails. If the conditions are unsuitable, the umpires may dispense the bails (e.g., if it is windy, they might fall off by themselves). Appendix D to the legislation provides more information on the wicket specifications.

A batsman’s wicket must be laid down before they may be dismissed by being bowled, run out, stumped, or struck wicket. Law 29 explains what this implies. A wicket is put down when the ball, the striker’s bat, the striker’s person (or any part of his clothes or equipment being separated from his person), or a fielder strikes a stump out of the grounds (with his hand or arm, and provided that the ball is held in hand or hands so used, or in the hand of the arm so used). A 2010 change to the Laws explained the unusual situation in which a bat breaks during a shot and the detached debris breaks the wicket; in this case, the wicket has been put down. If a fielder pulls a stump out of the ground in the same manner, the wicket is also put down.

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