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Taking a Look at the Latest Cricket Video Games

Australia v England - SCG, Sydney, Australia, January 8, 2018. Australia's captain Steve Smith holds the Ashes trophy next to team mates after they won the fifth Ashes cricket test match and the serie

There’s no doubt we’ll all be looking forward to the greatest cricket rivalry of them all during the summer, as England and Australia compete for The Ashes. That said, on the off chance that weather affects proceedings and causes any disruptions to our enjoyment, we might be looking for some other cricket-themed entertainment to keep us busy. With that in mind, here are two video games that will provide plenty of fun during the summer and beyond.

Cricket 19

We can watch every minute live on TV, but not all of us have the batting or bowling ability to actually take part in real games of cricket. Thankfully, Big Ant Studios released Cricket 19 – titled as The Official Game of the Ashes – on 28th May 2019. This means that even armchair fans of the sport can experience the thrill of smashing a six, making an amazing catch, or running out rivals.

Featuring all formats of the international game, including both men’s and women’s teams, as an officially licensed game, Cricket 19 will even make fans of the FIFA soccer games blush given all the content included. From the variety of different versions of cricket competitions to beautifully detailed renders of all the major venues, this latest iteration of the game series is arguably the greatest cricket simulation to date, including a host of playable competitions.

Many new additions accompany Cricket 19, including special scenario modes to recreate historic matches, online play and skill challenges; there's even a career mode focusing on guiding an individual player to international glory. The graphics are beautifully rendered, allowing easy recognition of real-life players and the latest kits used during competitions. The game is available on pretty much all platforms, including Xbox One, Switch, PS4, and PC via Steam.

Cricket Star

Many of us are already accustomed to wagering on the outcome of cricket matches. Along with sports betting at LeoVegas now being available, the popular online casino also features one of the biggest selections of gaming options around, including the Cricket Star slots game published by UK-based developer, Microgaming.

Cheekily billed as a game "with plenty of spin to it" for obvious reasons, Cricket Star is a five-reel slot game that boasts 243 ways to win. Featuring lively icons of players from various international teams, plus catchy music and sound effects emulating the cheers of the crowd at a cricket match, this colorful game has plenty to keep players batting and bowling for just one more spin.

Animated players, celebrating fans and even umpires; the icons represent everything we love about cricket as they fall into place. Chances of winning are also boosted by the appearance of more than 40 Cricket Star stacked wilds on the last three reels, which can result in getting up to 25 free spins when they appear, along with the chance of multiplying winning lines by 10. The game itself can be easily accessed via both desktop and mobile devices with flash enabled.

It's good to know that cricket has its own video game offerings in a world of soccer games and simulators. These titles will certainly keep any cricket fan busy for months to come.

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