Cricket has some dominant countries as far as world wide rankings are concerned, and in 2013 the top five ranked countries by the International Cricket Council are South Africa, England, India, Australia and Pakistan, ranked in that order 1-5.
Over in England, cricket is known to have been played since at least the 16th century. In England there are 18 professional county clubs, and each summer they compete in the First Class County Championship
, which sees the 18 teams split into 2 leagues of 9 play various matches over 4 days. There are also several smaller competitions such as the Minor Counties Cricket Championship, which is a season long competition for smaller teams that don't have 'first class' status. Cricket is considered second only to soccer as the most popular participation sport in England.
Cricket in India dates back as far as 1721, and is considered by far to be the most popular sport in India, being played in the streets and open spaces by people of all ages all throughout the country. India offers a large variety of domestic cricket competitions including: the Ranji Trophy, the Duleep Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Deodhar Trophy, the Irani Trophy and also the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. India's national cricket team has had it's fair share of success, having won the 1983 Cricket World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup
among many other accolades.
Australia boasts huge cricket popularity numbers with over 850,000 nationally registered cricket players. Cricket is dated back to the very early 1800's in Australia and today is widely considered Australia's national sport. Official data actually shows that over 93% of Australians watched at least 'some' cricket in 2010-2011. Australia boasts many different domestic competitions as well, and in international competition Australia is one of the most successful countries of all time with several strong showings time and time again on the international stage. Here
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