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

Eire Exposure

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Ireland will take on England in two ODIs next year in what is not only a great move for Irish Cricket but hopefully for associate nations in general. Ireland, recently granted First Class, List A and T20 status at domestic level are seeking further exposure against Test playing opposition and as well as two matches against the Three Lions will also host a Tri-Series involving Bangladesh and New Zealand shortly after. Ireland have taken advantage of Bangladesh and New Zealand’s need to adapt to northern hemisphere conditions ahead of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

The ODIs with England will take place at Bristol and Lords. This will save Ireland set-up costs but one match in Dublin followed by one at Lords could have been an innovative approach. If Ireland do gain Test status in the near future a bi-nation series with their neighbours, playing their first ever Test match in Dublin followed up by a match at Lords could be very special. It’s the sort of move that other nations could taken advantage of, for example Australia and Papua New Guinea playing series across both Northern Australia and PNG or India taking on Nepal across both nations. This development of both neighbourly support and rivalry could really help the game develop away from the well trodden path.

Ireland will wrap up the summer by hosting an ODI against West Indies in September.

Ireland Cricket’s Summer 2017 fixtures:

ODI Tour of England

England v Ireland, County Ground, Bristol, May 5th

England v Ireland, Lords, London, May 7th

ODI Tri-Series

Ireland v Bangladesh, Venue TBC, May 12th

Ireland v New Zealand, Venue TBC, May 14th

Ireland v Bangladesh, Venue TBC, May 19th

Ireland v New Zealand, Venue TBC, May 21st

ODI v West Indies

Ireland v West Indies, Venue TBC, Sept 13th

As mentioned, having been granted First Class status at domestic level and seeing a significant increase in ODI activity against Test level opposition, Ireland really do seem to be being groomed for a promotion to Test status.