Codies pads up for Ashes clash this summer

Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting reborn as Ashes Cricket 2009; coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this summer.

The franchise formerly named after legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara in the UK and current baggy green captain Ricky Ponting in Australia has had a few years' hiatus but is finally ready for a comeback, and just in time for the height of the 2009 cricket season. Codemasters has revealed exclusively to GameSpot UK that it has handed development duties to Melbourne-based Transmission Games, formerly IR Gurus. Transmission was previously responsible for Brian Lara Pressure Play on the PSP, Heroes Over the Pacific, and several games based on Aussie Rules and Gaelic football.

It's the battle for the Ashes of English cricket.

Ashes Cricket 2009, as the game will be known, includes official licences for both the English and Australian international teams and the rights to the Ashes name, courtesy of the Marylebone Cricket Club. The game will launch alongside the biennial test match series of the same name. The series is fought biennially, alternating between England and Australia. Dating back to 1883, the series is one of the most contested and oldest in international sport.

A total of 18 stadiums from 12 countries are featured, including all of the stadiums due to feature in this year's series, as well as The Melbourne Cricket Ground, The Gabba, and grounds from most test-playing nations. In addition to being able to choose teams and venues, cricket fans can deck out their side with more than 100 pieces of licensed kit.

English Cricket Board commercial director John Perera said in a statement, "The Ashes is one of the iconic challenges in world sport. With cricket set to dominate the sporting calendar this summer, we're delighted to be able to give cricket fans the chance to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and try and win back the Ashes for England."

In addition to The Ashes, players will be able to select other test, one-day international, and Twenty20 matches between international sides. Newcomers to the sport can be introduced via a training mode called Legends that will be presented by real-life cricketing legends Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne. Commentary has been supplied by the aforementioned in addition to Test Match Special stalwart Jonathan Agnew as well as West Indian Ian Bishop and outspoken ex-England captain Tony Greig. Codemasters has confirmed that Ashes will also support multiplayer for four players in offline and two players in online matches.

For more on Ashes Cricket 2009, see GameSpot's video interview with producer Jamie Firth, below, and an exclusive preview, including the first released images. The full interview with Firth will be featured in an upcoming episode of Start/Select.

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26 comments
gameking5000
gameking5000

I've been always waiting for a cricket game on the Wii but it STILL hasn't happened yet...

Moopoo
Moopoo

PLEASE let this one be good

rohail88
rohail88

Thank god!!i was itching for a new Cricket game!!This should come on PSP and PS2 too!!

sirbargearse
sirbargearse

HAHAHA "give players the chance to win back the Ashes for England"! Who said anyone wants to see England win? LOL

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

nice.. my little bro will b stoked about this

houdeany
houdeany

The main thing will be whether they fix the licenses up so that you can use 'Name' players in normal matches. If you played Codemasters 2007 Cricket game you'll know what I mean. I wouldn't have minded so much if they had have had an edit mode where you could change the names yourself.

tommy--F
tommy--F

uuuuh... Wii MotionPlus?

gameking5000
gameking5000

Good they're back. Always pleased to see any sports game not from EA

hahamanin
hahamanin

now i hope ea releases a good cricket game too

jarvis008
jarvis008

Great stuff. I'm a big cricket fan and I'm really looking forward to the Ashes (especially after todays good win over the Windies). I will be probably getting this.

dreameredwardia
dreameredwardia

looks cool finally cricket game after long time, hope its good

Mist00
Mist00

@ revolution if they dont make a ntsc version u can always import if ur getting this for ps3 like iam

Mist00
Mist00

i been waiting for this for a long time woot

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Hold on... No Wii? But wouldn't that be the only version anyone'd care about? I won't get it...

RD1109
RD1109

A cricket game? Not sure... could be fun, let's just be thankful that 2K isn't making it.

ali_hamza
ali_hamza

Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting reborn as Ashes Cricket 2009; coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this summer.

rabidgriz
rabidgriz

I hope it gets released over here. Its sad that some of the more complex games are never released here, F! :(.

silentsplinter
silentsplinter

It'd be great if they included the "Indian Premier League" ...........

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

im not really a big fan of cricket but i think they could make this into a really good game