International Cricket Captain 2014 releases August 9th

Article written by on August 6th, 2014

International Cricket Captain is nearing release of their edition for 2014, with the game getting a much needed interface overhaul as one of its main features, along with improvements to the match engine and updates to the player database – as is traditional in the yearly releases. The game is being distributed via Steam for the first time, which I certainly appreciate. While there isn’t any pricing information at this stage, the game is scheduled for release on the 9th for Windows PCs.



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Competition heats ups for the title of Australia’s next all-rounder

Article written by on August 2nd, 2014

The Australian cricket team might not be playing any international cricket at the moment but the Australia A series that has been taking place in Brisbane and Darwin has given viewers a look at some up-and-coming stars. On show especially have been three all-rounders in Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner and Moises Henriques that are all keen to show they can replace Shane Watson when the time comes. In no particular order I will give an individual overview of where each player is at.

Mitchell Marsh – Age: 22 Domestic team: Western Australia

People could see the talent the younger Marsh brother possessed when he captained Australia’s Under-19’s team to victory in the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. He made his Twenty20 debut for Australia against South Africa in 2011. He made 36 runs with the bat and bowled one over that went for 11 runs. His ODI debut for Australia soon followed against South Africa again in Ceturion. He made 9 not out and took 1-19 from 4 overs in a promising ODI debut. His disciplinary issues such as being sent home from the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and being ordered back to Australia from the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa by the Perth Scorchers before the team’s final threatened to derail his career. He eventually set himself back on the right track before injury struck and he was out of action for a period of around 12 weeks with a hamstring injury, which he had suffered before on the opposite leg. He overcame this and is now showing the talent he has, highlighted by a magnificent 211 runs he scored for Australia A in a Four-Day game against India A. His bowling should also not go unmentioned, he recently took 5/60 against Australia’s National Performance Squad (NPS) in a One-Day game also playing for Australia A. With the Australian selectors no doubt taking note of Marsh’s performances a spot in the ODI squad for the tri-series against Zimbabwe and South Africa looks very likely for him. If he keeps up his impressive form Marsh could find himself jumping the queue of players contending to replace Shane Watson.

Mitch Marsh making a century

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Don Bradman Cricket 14 PC Release on 26th June

Article written by on May 22nd, 2014

Big Ant Studios and Tru Blu have today announced that the PC release will be available on the 26th of June, on Steam as well as a physical DVD release. While this is outside the previously mentioned ‘early June’ window, the later time allows Big Ant to ensure widespread physical availability of the game at release. In addition, the game will be available on the PSN and Xbox Live stores for digital download on 6th June – which should help those who couldn’t get the game in stores in their area.

Big Ant are currently hard at work on a second patch to Don Bradman Cricket 14 – which will attempt to address a number of concerns and issues found in the game since release. They have now announced that it is expected to be available around the first week of June. The previously announced addition of co-op gameplay will not make it into the 2nd patch, allowing Big Ant more development and testing of the additional feature, which will now come in a third patch later on. The second patch will be integrated with the PC release of the game.

PC Release press release follows:

SYDNEY, Australia – May 22, 2014: Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) and Big Ant Studios announced that Don Bradman Cricket 14 PC shall be released on 26 June 2014.

Don Bradman Cricket 14, was released for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® in April and is been played by thousands of people around the world. “We are excited to announce that we will be able to expand the community playing Don Bradman 14, by offering it to PC users. Players around the world are enjoying the game, in particular the comprehensive 20 year career mode which is providing endless hours of enjoyment of cricket off the field,” said Managing Director, Sebastian Giompaolo.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 includes:

- Career Mode, allowing you to take control of an aspiring young cricketer and take him through the ranks to International glory.
- Unique Batting and Bowling Controls, giving full 360 Shot control and Line and Length delivery without pitch markers.
- A fully featured fielding system that allows you to run down the ball and slide to prevent a Four, catch a high ball on the boundary rope, or knock down the stumps to take a vital run out. You are always involved in the play at every stage
of the game!
- Ball Physics giving realistic Edges, bat pad catches and movement off the pitch.
- A complete player physics system with individual attributes including weight and
height – imagine running in a 2 metre bowler to delivery that perfect bouncer!
- Appeal and Electronic Review system allowing for the first time challenges of the umpires decision.
- Practice Nets, Hone your skills to perfection before taking to the field.
- Dynamic time of day, Weather System and Pitch Degradation that are based on real world data with effects occurring in real-time throughout a days’ play.
- The Cricket Academy, allowing for unparalleled customisation of your Cricket experience, creating Teams, players, Tours, Competitions, Match Types and
even Umpires.
- More than 25,000 Community created Players and teams ready to download and use in game.
- An online Save system that lets you continue your match whenever you want with online opponents.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 for PC will be available to download via Steam and retail outlets on 26 June 2014.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 “The legend continues….”


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Should Kane Richardson be reconsidered for Twenty20 and ODI matches for Australia?

Article written by on May 9th, 2014

Kane Richardson

When the cricketer Kane Richardson is talked about most people think back to the incident in January 13, 2013 where he was removed from the Australian bowling attack by umpire Marais Erasmus for repeatedly running on the pitch, in his ODI debut for Australia. It is sad to think that most of Australian public remember him because of this error instead of the potential he has as a young fast bowler. The Australian selectors will remember what occurred in his ODI debut if he is ever considered for Australian selection again. It wouldn’t be unlikely that other cricketers may be selected ahead of Richardson because selecting Richardson would come with ‘risk’ in the selectors eyes.

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The Big Show – Possible Test Star or T20 Money Grabber?

Article written by on April 22nd, 2014
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Glenn Maxwell – you either love him or you hate him. ‘The Big Show’ is a prime example of a player shaped by the modern game: he reverse sweeps as much as he cover drives, rushes through his overs as though he has dinner plans, and always plays with the flair of a shooting star. But is this the future of cricket? One where conservatism and patience is completely ignored in the face of speed and aggression?

Contrary to the views of apparent ‘experts’ from previous generations, Maxwell clearly has talent. The 25-year-old batting all-rounder averages over 40 with the bat in first class cricket despite the devastating rate at which he scores. His one-day record is even more impressive, averaging 36 with the bat at a strike rate a tick under 130. Add to that his T20 average of 25 at a strike rate of 160 and it’s little wonder he attracts so much media attention.

He is constantly criticised for his shot selection and lack of maturity in arduous situations, yet a minority would argue this logic is flawed. In a recent Sheffield Shield match for Victoria, Maxwell entered the crease with his team in the vulnerable position of six wickets for nine runs. He then proceeded to belt 127 off 102 balls as his team crawled to a total of 186. Maxwell’s best form of defence is attack. In times of adversity, you are always instructed to be yourself. Maxwell’s natural game is unique, but is that such a bad thing?

His newfound consistency in T20 cricket has been extremely entertaining to all followers of the game. It’s exciting to witness flashes of brilliance and sheer innovation. Maxwell has the talent to perform on the Test arena, but some would question whether he is up for the challenge. One only has to look at the transformation of David Warner to know it’s possible. But Warner has the orthodox cricket shots and rock-solid defence. Could Maxwell excel on the Test arena with his unorthodox instincts? He has to have the temperament and dedication to fine-tune his game, and the burning desire to do so.

Say he develops his consistency such that his aggressive and innovative nature leads to compelling results in first class cricket. Will his unorthodox style be beneficial or detrimental to Test cricket? Would the cricket world be comfortable with the reverse sweep being utilised more than the classical cover drive? Perhaps he is the first prototype of the future cricketer, one who does find the reverse sweep more comfortable than the cover drive. And this development is something the cricket world will have to become accustomed to. Whether it is liked or not, T20 cricket has led to the innovation we see in the modern game. Eventually this innovation will leak into Test cricket as well.

Maxwell’s an enigma, and one who will always receive criticism for the way in which he plays. His supreme confidence can drown out those negatives, but is he really developing into a world-class player? Only time will tell. His career will provide a guide to the future though, and one which we shall all watch shrouded in wonder.

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