In the arena of competitive sporting rivalries, few comes with more pressure, with more bragging rights and with more intensity than England versus Australia. After 16 years of rubbing our noses in lost Ashes series after lost Ashes series, England finally inflicted defeat upon the Australians and reclaimed the biggest prize in world cricket. On November 17th it is time for you to achieve an even greater glory by retaining the Ashes on Australian soil with International Cricket Captain Ashes Edition 2006, the latest edition of the world’s bestselling cricket management simulation series, releasing on PC from Empire Interactive.
Featuring complete and up-to-date rosters, statistics and venues, International Cricket Captain Ashes Edition 2006 is the most accurate predictor of the outcome of the upcoming Ashes Tests and One Day Internationals. Do you think a certain player has been wrongly omitted from the Ashes squad or a current squad member is not worthy of their place? Then drop the existing player and bring your man in. Don’t agree with the selectors lineup for the opening Test? Then change it. Everything is down to you, from team selections and batting order, all the way down to field settings and ball-by-ball instructions to your bowlers during matches to enable you to coach your team to success.
Not only can you play the full 2006/2007 Ashes series – Test matches and One Day International matches – International Cricket Captain Ashes Edition 2006 allows you to recreate and play six previous Ashes series, including the 2005 ‘Greatest Ever Test Series’, to ‘Botham’s Ashes’ of 1981 all the way back to original series of 1882. And if you want to relive that glorious summer of 2005 in your armchair, the two hour official DVD of the 2005 series recording all 5 memorable tests is included with the game!
In addition to England and Australia, International Cricket Captain Ashes Edition 2006 features full 2006 season current and career statistics for every Test playing nation and English domestic county team. Play a full English domestic season including the County Championship (Divisions 1 and 2), the Twenty Over Cup, the Pro League and the Challenge Cup. Take charge of your domestic county team and guide them to success will then earn you the right to captain your national side and steer them to the top of the International rankings.
The world-class BBC reporter Jonathan Agnew will once again add realism and class to the in-game commentary that will accompany features such as:
- Player Database: comprehensive and up-to-date 2006 database featuring statistics for every first class cricketer in the test playing nations each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
- New world cup structure included for every four years, including West Indies 2007
- Online play included as standard
- New fixtures, including the six year test championships
- Powerplay included in One day Internationals
- The Match Screen: play and watch individual matches. Allows the player to change tactics on an over by over basis whilst selecting the highlight level for watching the action.
- Full English Domestic Season including: the twenty over cup, the county championship, the national league and one-day cups.
- Full international calendar of test matches and one-day internationals.
- The World Cup every four years including West Indies 2007.
- The Match Screen: Play and watch individual matches. Change tactics, select the highlight level for watching the action and view detailed stats and graphs of all the action.
- Transfers: Improve your squad by offering contracts to experience, youth or overseas players.
- Team Selection: Can you find the perfect team? Who's in form and who's out? Was that young fast bowler's 7 for 12 a flash in the pan or have you found gold?
- Groundsman: Instruct your groundsman to prepare a pitch tailor made for your attack.
- Playing Conditions: Bounce, wear, weather and light; vary from fixture to fixture, and change during individual matches.
- Coach and Physio: A key player injured or out of form? Book him in for a session with the Coach or Physio.
- Line and Length: Set a line and length for your bowlers. Select a full length or a bit of short-pitched stuff to get up the noses of the tail-enders. Find the right tactics to exploit the weaknesses of each batsman.
- Field placements: Study the batsman's shot graph and adjust the field to cut off their favourite stroke or catch those nicks.
- Aggression: Guide your batsman to build an innings and hit out to punish the tired attack.
- Two Player: Have you built an invincible county side? Play them against a friend's. Captain any of the Test playing nations and compete in a Test or one-day series.
- World Rating System: Rates every test bowler and batsman.
- Test match and One Day International championship tables: Take your team to the top of the world.