Ashes Cricket (PS4): Career Mode – 2024 Season

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Here’s a quick round up of the 2024 campaign.

In the One-Day Cup, I commenced the season with scores of 79 and a List A best of 174 from 86 deliveries at the top of the order. I then scored 27 and was promptly dropped to number four! I was pretty peeved at the demotion and some low scores then ensued. After only 21 runs in four outings, I then walloped 90 off 28 having reached 50 from 14 whilst passing 1000 career List A runs in the process.

I made a quick fire 46 in the quarter-final against Durham but that was as far as we got. I totalled 433 runs at 54.13 in the competition.

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I finally got the call to the Yorkshire T20 side and after a slow start, made 76 from 43 against Sussex.

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I dominated a rather one-sided partnership against Middlesex having equalled the world record for fastest fifty alongside Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh, just the twelve deliveries required. Later in the season, I went onto register a maiden ton from just 32 balls, two deliveries short of equalling Gayle’s record. I had a fantastic opportunity to smash the fifty record against Northamptonshire but having raced to 46 from nine, missed a free hit then failed to connect with the following two deliveries.

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I would go onto record another hundred, a career best 115 from just forty balls against Somerset. I was dismissed in the forties in both the quarter-final against Essex and semi-final against Derbyshire. Despite being favourites, we failed to get past Derbyshire in the semi and so yet again, there was to be no big day out for us.

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There were hundreds galore in the First Class arena. After a slightly slow start, I made 175 in a partnership of 209 against a Northamptonshire attack that included Australia’s Josh Hazlewood and my South African nemesis Tabraiz Shamsi.

Against Nathan Lyon and company at Worcestershire, I scored 175… again!

I made 99 against Surrey before being bowled around my legs. Having made 27 in the second innings I got dropped to four again. There must be something about the score of 27 and getting demoted from opener to four!

After a few low scores I was back to run-getting with 153 against Kagiso Rabada’s Derbyshire, then made 189 versus Leicestershire and 102 against Surrey. I reached fifty from twelve balls against Nottinghamshire and was then promoted back to opener. Against Glamorgan, I contributed my season high 216 having reached a century from just thirty deliveries. I fell for 95 in the second innings before scoring 92 in the final match of the season against Durham. I actually reached my half-century in a record breaking ten deliveries!

I was really satisfied with my ability to convert centuries into at least 150s more often than not. Unfortunately, as soon as the season finished, I was off to Australia and so couldn’t see the final County Championship standings or run charts! (Sort that out please Big Ant!)

I’ve signed as captain with Tasmania for the Sheffield Shield but then joined Auckland in the New Zealand T20 competition. This means that I’ll miss a load of Sheffield Shield matches. I’ve decided to sign up to as many T20 franchises as possible this winter to see how it works then review it and maybe be more selective next winter. I’ve signed for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash and Khulna in the Bangladesh Premier League but it looks like I’ll only play snippets of each competition. I’m guessing that if I sign up for the Ireland T20 that I’ll miss some of the English county season. Like I said, I’ll sign up to every league possible this term then try and manage things better the following season.

For the record, my career record is as follows:

First Class: 3963 @ 66.05 incl. 14×50 & 12×100, TS: 325

List A: 1134 @ 59.68 incl. 4×50 & 5×100, TS: 174

T20: 757 @ 42.06 incl. 3×50 & 2×100, TS: 115

International Duck Watch!

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In the first ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland, the hosts claimed first blood in the battle of the Tasman. Tim Southee ducked for NZ and for the tourists…

… Josh Hazlewood, having never been dismissed in any of his thirty-three previous ODI outings, was run out for an epic duck having survived 26 minutes and not faced a single ball alongside Marcus Stoinis. Their partnership reached 54 before Australia fell just 6 runs short of New Zealand’s total. Stoinis, who was playing only his second ODI and first since 2015 was left stranded 146 not out from 117 deliveries, an innings that included 9 fours and 11 sixes.

Credit any bloggers out there that have previously called for a recall to national colours for MS!

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/stoined/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/another-string-to-australias-bowe/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/follow-the-yellow-brick-road/

In New Zealand’s total of 286-9, Neil Broom made 73 from 75 deliveries and in doing show displayed that it’s not just Bangladesh he’s capable of scoring runs against. His average now stands at 28.81 and though this has nothing to do with ducks, it provides us with an opportunity to revisit some great (Self-proclaimed!) headlines.

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/broom-co-complete-clean-sweep/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/brooming-marvellous/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/room-for-broom/

Geographical XI

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Starting XI

Aaron Redmond (Because opening the batting with his dad would be cool!)

Rodney Redmond (Because opening the batting with his son would be cool and he scored a century in his only Test!)

Stuart Carlisle (Captain)

Ben France (Who was born in Brunei!)

Charles Coventry (Wicketkeeper and everybody’s favourite bespectacled one-innings wonder!)

Chris Jordan (Who went to school with Rihanna, which he much prefers people to talk about rather than his cricket!)

Dominic Cork

Anthony Ireland

Jon Holland

Joel Paris

Dwight Washington

12th Man

Ryan Austin

Remaining Squad Members

John Hampshire

Keith Dutch

George Cork (Because his dad’s in the team!)

Phil Newport

Hamilton and Wellington Masakadza but not Shingi!!!

Why their parents didn’t call him Auckland, Christchurch or Tauranga I don’t know!

I know, I know, Chris Jordan at six. Jordan, Cork and Ireland’s all-round abilities between them make them just about acceptable as a six, seven and eight trilogy.

Anymore for anymore…?

Guptill Gone!

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New Zealand have dropped opening batsman Martin Guptill from their Test squad for the upcoming visit of Pakistan. Guptill will kick himself for having being run out when on 72 in New Zealand’s last Test against India as a fourth Test match century would surely have saved him from the axe. The thirty-year-old made scores of 56 and 128 not out in his most recent First Class turn out for Auckland but it wasn’t enough to save him from international omission. Guptill averages 42.35 with the bat in ODIs and 34.73 in T20Is. In the longest form of the game however and having had plenty of opportunities (47 Tests) Guptill’s average is 29.38 and that simply isn’t good enough to hold down a spot opening the batting in the Test arena. Guptill will be replaced in the squad by his domestic opening partner Jeet Raval. Guptill actually outscored Raval (84 and 19) in their last First Class match but 5156 First Class runs at 43.69 including fourteen centuries are the sort of numbers that the New Zealand selectors could no longer ignore. Raval was on the tour to India but didn’t make the final XI.

Todd Astle also returns to the frame for New Zealand and Colin de Grandhomme, capped in both limited overs formats earns a Test call-up too. Mark Craig and Mitchell Santner are amongst those injured for New Zealand whilst Jeetan Patel and Ish Sodhi are amongst the others to miss out for the Black Caps.