Before and while a member of the batting side is running, a member of the fielding side tries to 'get him out' - often by throwing the ball at the stumps. This is called 'taking a wicket'. But the word 'wicket' can be very confusing. It means at least three things: the set of stumps, the fact of being 'in', and the central part of the cricket field.
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