What is the follow-on rule in cricket?

What exactly is a follow-on? (Picture: Getty Images)

There are plenty of rules in cricket that are incredibly complicated and difficult to explain to the uninitiated, but the follow-on is actually one of the more straight forward.

In a Test match, the normal procedure is both teams bat twice – they each have two innings – taking it in turns to do so.

So the team that bats first also bats third, whereas the team that bats second also has the fourth and last innings of the match.

However, the follow-on rule can change this usual order of things.

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