Game Contest between 2 teams.
Team Normally 11 people per team.
Format 4 day game*; 1 day or 50 over game; Twenty20 or 20 over game.*Normally 5 days in International cricket.
Innings Defined by the number of overs per game, i.e. 50 or 20. In the 4 day game each team normally bats twice.
Over Consists of 6 balls ‘delivered’ from one end by the same ball.
Ball Made from red or white (depending on format) leather, really hard and is used by the bowler to get wickets and by the batting team to score runs.
Bowler Person who runs in and ‘throws’ the ball at the batsman.
Batting team Team using bats to score runs. Only 2 on the field at any one time.
Fielding team Team trying to stop the batting team from scoring runs. Includes the bowler and wicket keeper amongst the 11 people.
Wicket keepers Stands behind the wicket, wears big gloves and usually lots of visible protection. Only 1 per team and is a member of the fielding team.
Field Large grass area where the match takes place.
The sqaure A well managed ‘rectangle’ in the middle of the field consisting of different strips in different states of preparation.
Pitch/strip The immediate area of play that the batsmen run up and down on.
Bats Used by the batsmen to hit the ball with. Traditionally made from willow.
Runs What is scored when a batsman physically runs between the wickets or the ball reaches the boundary rope.
Wicket Consists of 3 upright stumps and two bails. There is one at either end of the strip. Also the term given when one of the batsman is out.
Out When a batsman has been bowled, caught or given LBW.
LBW Leg before wicket. When the bowled ball hits the batsman leg inline with the wicket without the batsman attempting to hit the ball with his bat.
Stumps 3 upright pieces of wood that make the wicket.
Bails 2 pieces of horizontal wood that rest across the stumps.
Crease Area in from of the wicket for the batsman to stand.
Boundary rope Rope running around the circumference of the field marking out the field of play.
Howzat? A call from the fielding team to ask the umpire if the batsman is out.
Fielding positions Places on the field where the fielders stand. Various names including slips; deep point; silly point; long off, etc
Umpires People in charge of the match. Two on the field. One off the field.

A final footnote: “a confident appeal by the Australians” owes more to Viz than cricket. It features in Roger’s Profanisaurus and means a raucous far breaking of wind.