Jos Buttler has played down his chances of being promoted to the England Test team but admits that he is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Muttiah Muralitharan in 2014.
The 23-year-old, a member of the England Performance Programme Squad, left Somerset for Lancashire earlier this year to enhance his Test cricket credentials, but does not think he will be challenging Matt Prior for the wicketkeeping gloves anytime soon.
Prior is one of several England stars that have struggled in the first two Tests against Australia, although he did at least find some form with the bat in the second innings of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide when he made 69.
However, Buttler insists he would be surprised to win a call-up to the England Test team, even though he has been named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads for the series against the Baggy Greens in the new year.
He said: “Matt Prior is a quality player. It won’t be long before he is scoring runs again. It’s just down to me to keep doing the best I can and scoring runs and, if ever I get an opportunity, then great.” According to the bet365 cricket betting page, Buttler is also set to link up with the Melbourne Renegades for the Big Bash, alongside legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muralitharan.
He said of that prospect: “I will have to get back to trying to slog it, rather than block it. It’s a really tough skill actually – something that I’ve not quite been able to do as well as I would have liked.
“It will be great experience for me to play in a side with Muralitharan – obviously a legend of the game. I look forward to meeting him and playing with him. It could be a good in the nets.”
The delay is slightly offset with the confirmation that an update to be released tomorrow for the Cricket Academy Beta will include a playable nets session, to allow players to get accustomed to the control scheme of the game prior to release. The Cricket Academy is currently available only on PC and you will need to have a compatible controller to be able to bat.
Don Bradman Cricket 14 will not release in 2013.
In order to bring the best possible game to the market at the best possible time we have decided to move the date into 2014. We are working to get the game to all markets simultaneously and will advise as soon as we can of an exact release date once it is known.
On a positive note, there will be a new Don Bradman Cricket Academy released on Friday and to say thanks for your patience it will include the long awaited Nets Practice mode.
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Dennis Lillee famously hailed a young Mitchell Johnson as a ‘once in a generation bowler’. it’s a sentiment that has often drawn ridicule over Johnson’s Test career. And should Johnson not have reached this point, it would still be unfair. Left arm fast bowlers are rare, especially ones that genuinely reach 95 mph. On that alone, Mitchell Johnson is the definitive left arm fast bowler. At his nadir, you could perhaps exclaim that you can not believe someone could bowl like that. Yet at his summit, which may well be today, you can only stand in awe that you saw someone bowl like that, perhaps doubly so because it was that same guy.
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I will forgive you for thinking you’ve heard this all before – Gamebience’s Cricket Life has been the perennial ‘coming soon’ cricket game for nearly my entire time at PlanetCricket – with the game first announced in August 2006, and then with release plans seemingly yearly since then, all being postponed for various reasons, including a battle over the use of the Gamebience company name in India.
An updated website today marked the relaunch of Cricket Life – describing the game as revolving around the life of a cricket player, including ‘fully interactive’ scenes of press conferences to announce new contracts and interaction with other players and coaches. The game promises to be ‘Bigger and Better’, with a planned release on current and next-gen consoles as well as PC. A PC only management-focused edition will be first early next year, with the full game with 3D gameplay being on consoles as well towards the end of 2014.
A partnership between Gamebience and Xteger Inc. is the catalyst for this revival of the game, with Xteger CEO Gerald Matthews acknowledging the past release troubles in telling PlanetCricket,
We have been working with Gamebience for the past four months to bring this franchise back on track and present it to the public. We have considerably invested in purchasing the rights of Cricket Life franchise and Xteger Inc. is a result of this partnership. We will make sure there are no hiccups or hurdles down the road this time.
The “Cricket Life HQ” – a part of the game allowing player creation and kit editing – seemingly similar to the Cricket Academy of Don Bradman Cricket 14 – will be available later this month for a free download.