Since the invention of baseball, cricket has taken a back seat in the United States. Americans mostly don't understand the rules and can't comprehend playing a game that lasts so long. But some young men in South Central Los Angeles are using their love of cricket to improve their futures and keep off the streets.
Los Angeles, United States. A city known for a violent gang culture. Crime and drug use are rife in this city. It can be a nightmare for parents. So what can they do to keep their kids away from such negative influences? Well, they can play cricket, of course. Ted Hayes founded the Compton Cricket Club 12 years ago in an effort to civilise gang members and the homeless.
TED HAYES, COMPTON CRICKET CLUB: I realised cricket is a civilising tool. It civilises human beings to become not just non-aggressive towards one another but... to, to transcend to a higher level of civility and citizenship.
Cricket crowds aren't so well known for being civilised, especially in the one-day and Twenty20 era. Authorities have cracked down on behaviour deemed to be bad, usually fuelled by alcohol. Even beach balls and the Mexican wave have been axed. But Ted Hayes's son Isaac has a much different experience with the game.
ISAAC HAYES, CRICKETER: I wouldn't say it changed my life, but what it does, though - its kind of like having a headset on all night and you hear the same waves in your head, it calms you.
In most cases in the US if you use words like 'googly', 'howzat' and 'silly mid-on', you'll probably be met with a blank stare. But these guys will know exactly what you mean. And they're not afraid to take it to the field - they've already toured Britain four times. But now the players have set themselves an even bigger goal - to tour Australia.
THEO HAYES, CRICKETER: No disrespect to anyone out there, Australia is known as the premier cricket spot. So if we can be over there doing our thing, showing our skills, shining our light, bring it on, we're ready.
The US is no stranger to cricket. In fact, in 1844 the US was involved in the first ever international cricket match, against Canada. It's also well known that George Washington was a big fan of cricket and used to play with his troops during the American Revolution. But with the advent of baseball in the 1850s and 1860s, interest in cricket has waned. Ted Hayes might just be its saviour. He's vowed to bring big business on board and to start an America-wide league with all the profits going to the disadvantaged. Sam Ikin,