Law 22 (The over)
1. Number of balls
The ball shall be bowled from each wicket alternately in overs of 6 balls.
2. Start of an over
An over has started when the bowler starts his run up or, if he has no run
up, his delivery action for the first delivery of that over.
3. Call of Over
When 6 balls have been bowled other than those which are not to count in the
over and as the ball becomes dead – see Law 23 (Dead ball) – the
umpire shall call Over before leaving the wicket.
4. Balls not to count in the over
(a) A ball shall not count as one of the 6 balls of the over unless it is delivered,
even though a batsman may be dismissed or some other incident occurs before
the ball is delivered.
(b) A ball which is delivered by the bowler shall not count
as one of the 6 balls of the over
(i) if it is called dead, or is to be considered dead, before the striker has
had an opportunity to play it. See Law 23 (Dead ball).
(ii) if it is a No ball. See Law 24 (No ball).
(iii) if it is a Wide. See Law 25 (Wide ball).
(iv) if it is called dead in the circumstances of Law 23.3(b)(vi) (Umpire calling
and signalling Dead ball).
(v) when 5 penalty runs are awarded to the batting side under any of Laws 2.6
(Player returning without permission), 41.2 (Fielding the ball), 42.4 (Deliberate
attempt to distract striker) or 42.5 (Deliberate distraction or obstruction
5. Umpire miscounting
If an umpire miscounts the number of balls, the over as counted by the umpire
6. Bowler changing ends
A bowler shall be allowed to change ends as often as desired, provided that
he does not bowl two overs, or parts thereof, consecutively in the same innings.
7. Finishing an over
(a) Other than at the end of an innings, a bowler shall finish an over in progress
unless he is incapacitated, or he is suspended under any of the Laws.
(b) If for any reason, other than the end of an innings, an
over is left uncompleted at the start of an interval or interruption
of play, it shall be completed on resumption of play.
8. Bowler incapacitated or suspended during an over
If for any reason a bowler is incapacitated while running up to bowl the first
ball of an over, or is incapacitated or suspended during an over, the umpire
shall call and signal Dead ball. Another bowler shall complete the over from
the same end, provided that he does not bowl two overs, or parts thereof,
consecutively in one innings.