For the first time in a cricket game, players can enjoy
full control over foot choice, shot, direction, power and timing, all governed
through the use of both analogue sticks. A back or front foot stroke is selected
with the left stick, and then shot timing and direction are judged with the
right stick. Power is determined by how far the stick is moved a slight tap can
nudge the ball for a quick single or a firm push can send the ball fizzing away
to the boundary.
Allied to new cameras that deliver a more natural
behind-the-stumps batting perspective and a wider view of the field, cricket has
never been so easily accessible. With embellished gameplay, a wealth of
tournaments, genuine equipment and authoritative new commentary from Mark
Nicholas and Richie Benaud, you won't experience cricket this authentic without
donning whites and walking down the pavilion steps yourself.
Groundbreaking Control: Use the intuitive dual analogue Century Stick batting
system to select foot choice, shot direction, power and timing. With button
controls to loft shots and advance down the track, you're free to crack a full
array of shots all around the wicket.
Success with the bat also relies upon your
batsman's individual skills, allied with his confidence level. A confident
batsman maximises his potential to time his shots sweetly maintaining high
confidence can make or break his ability to build a big innings.
New Cameras: Innovative views from behind the batsman offer a realistic
batting perspective, and a reworked Broadcast camera gives you a wider view of
the play for more authentic coverage.
Quickplay Cricket: Play cricket your way by setting your own pace. Crank up
the game speed, ease back the difficulty setting and revel in the razzmatazz of
Limited Overs or fully-licensed Twenty20 extravaganzas by playing a fast-blast
match of hard-hitting sixes or slow the pace down, slide the difficulty up and
steel yourself for a five day Test.
Greater Depth: A new picture-in-picture display with a shot timing gauge
coupled with a running assistance indicator and radar help you make those snap
decisions out there in the middle. On-the-fly Dynamic Field Positioning and
Quickswitch bowling give you the ability to ratchet up the pressure on the
batsmen by changing the field and the bowler's line of attack without a break in
Tournament Options: Lead this year's eagerly anticipated 3 mobile Ashes
campaign Down Under, replay the legendary 2005 npower Test Series or unlock a
stack of rewards by accomplishing Ashes challenges. Take part in the frenzy of
the fully-loaded, fully-licensed English and Australian One Day blitz of extreme
Twenty20 cricket, dive into a complete schedule of Australian State and English
County tournaments, tour the world, win the World championship or compete for
glory in Test matches and One Day Series games with all the top cricketing
nations of the world.
Authentic Content: For the first time in an EA SPORTSTM Cricket title,
renowned bat manufacturers Gray-Nicolls, Puma, Slazenger, Kookaburra and Gunn
& Moore bring their weight of authenticity to the day's play. Relish the big
game atmosphere with new broadcast visuals, wicket textures and astute new
commentary from the masterly broadcast team of Mark Nicholas and Richie Benaud
as you play out a nail-biter against the faithfully realised backdrop of a
legendary international venue or a cherished domestic ground.