One of the many things that links cricket and baseball, is that they are on the very short list of sports where the defense has the ball. There are other sports like wiffleball where the defense has the ball, but Cricket and Baseball are the only ones played at a major level in which that is the case.Baseball is played in a quadrant of fair territory between foul lines. The official minimum distance from home plate to the far edge of fair territory is 250 feet along the foul lines and 400 feet in center field. This produces a recommended fair territory field area just over 100,000 square feet. Most Major League Baseball parks have fair territory areas in the range of 110,000 to 120,000 square feet.

In contrast, Test and One Day International cricket is played on a field with a minimum width of 420 feet and length 426 feet, giving a minimum area of 140,500 square feet, assuming an elliptical shape. However the shape of a cricket ground is not fixed. Test grounds around the world are typically 450 by 500 feet, an area of 175,000 square feet, and range up to the Melbourne Cricket Ground at 479 by 561 feet or 270,000 square feet.

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