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|EA Sports Cricket 07|
Cricket 07 is a cricket simulation computer game developed by HB Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the label of EA Sports. It is available for Windows and PlayStation 2. The game was released in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2006 and in Australia on 14 November 2006. The cover art for Cricket 07 features England and Lancashire cricketer Andrew Flintoff, and the Australian release cover pictures The Ashes urn with the Australian and English flags behind it. It is notable that to date, this is the last cricket game published by EA Sports.
Cricket 07 features a number of game types, including limited overs matches (50, 20, 10 or 5 overs), 4-day first-class matches and full-length test matches.You may select different pitches and different weather conditions in different venues. Several international venues are available, including Lord's in England and the generic version of Eden Gardens in India. The venues vary in conditions and pitch type, and these can be changed by the player.
The game gives players the option of entering different international and national contests, including full seasons and tournaments.
- World Championship: This feature allows the player to control up to 16 international teams playing limited overs cricket for the World Cup trophy. This represents an unlicensed ICC Cricket World Cup. Players can also choose to play the 2003 and 2007 World Cup tournaments with rosters, venues and fixtures similar to the official events.
- Knockout Cup: This feature allows the player to control eight teams playing in a limited over tournament to win the trophy. This is an unlicensed representation of ICC Champions Trophy.
- World Series: This feature allows the player to control three to five teams playing in a day/night tournament in venues around Australia. This is a representation of unlicensed and customizable version of Australian Tri-Series, specifically the Commonwealth Bank Series of 2006-07.
- Test Series: Players can choose two teams to contest a series of one to six Test matches.
- Tour: Players can Select a team and engage in a series of Tour and play One Day and Test matches with the host nation's teams. The tours include the following choices.
- Long and Short Australia Tours
- Long and Short England Tours
- Sub-Continent Tour
- Caribbean Tour
- South African Tour
- New Zealand and Zimbabwe Tour
- One-Day Circuit Tour
- State Season: The six state sides compete over an entire season.
- Pura Cup: Australia's four-day, two-innings tournament.
- One Day Domestic Series: Australia's 50-over One Day competition.
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash: Australia's Twenty20 competition, where teams are divided into two pools of three.
- County Season: The 18 county teams play a full season of first-class cricket featuring all four competitions.
- Liverpool Victoria County Championship: England's four-day, two-innings, divisional tournament.
- NatWest Pro40: England's 40-over, One Day tournament between two divisions.
- C&G Trophy: A Limited Overs tournament with the winners of the North and South divisions playing for the trophy.
- Twenty20 Cup: England's Twenty20 competition.
The Ashes mode is a vast feature of Cricket 07 wherein players can compete in the historical tournament between England and Australia. Two years' series with official licenses from npower and 3 Mobile are available in the game. The venues, kits, player likenesses and the rosters for both Australia Cricket Team and England Cricket Team are fully licensed in this feature. The following options are available in this mode.
- Ashes 2005 Scenarios
- Players choose a team and play out scenarios from the 2005 Ashes series. On completing challenges, players are able to watch highlights videos in the Extras section.
- Players choose either England or Australia and take them through all the warm up matches, ODIs and Test matches in the 2005 Ashes series. This is created as a balance in the form of an England-hosted tournament.
- Players choose either England or Australia and take them through all the warm up matches, ODIs and Test matches in the 2006-07 Ashes series. This is created as a balance in the form of an Australia-hosted tournament.
Expanded features of Cricket 07 include improved player control and easy stroke play, along with the introduction of the Ashes section. There was also an addition on commentary as Mark Nicholas joined Richie Benaud.
EA Sports lost the licensing for most of the teams for Cricket 07. Only Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand licensed player names and kits. All other team names are generic, however can be edited in the Team Management option or with a roster. Also, Australian players are blended into World squads of 2005 ICC Super Series, but all the names are generic.
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
- United States
- West Indies
- Cricket 07 by EA Sports on PC, instruction booklet.