Ashes Cricket 2009

Ashes Cricket 2009 Review for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360PS3PCWii

Realistic cricket action from Codemasters.

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7Out of 10
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If you like cricket, chances are you'll like Ashes 2009.
If you like cricket, chances are you'll like Ashes 2009.

If you like cricket, chances are you'll like Ashes 2009.

Part of the problem with the Ashes being played in the UK is that most of the action (yes, cricket does feature action) takes place while the majority of the population is working. Those Sky ads that show people watching on their PCs while at work clearly don't paint a true picture of what employees can really get up to, so most of us are left to watch highlights or perhaps keep updated via a live score feed. Feeling our pain, Codemasters has released Ashes Cricket 2009, the official game of this summer's series, so we can play in every Test match ourselves if watching at weekends isn't enough.

Ashes 2009 is split into three disciplines: battling, bowling, and fielding. Most people will gravitate towards batting as it's the most instantly satisfying, so we'll deal with how well it's been recreated first. When stood at the crease with a ball bearing down at you you've got a few shot options at your disposal. At the most basic level you press a button to either attack, defend or loft the ball - well that's the theory anyway. A successful shot is all about good timing, with an on-screen meter showing you if you swung your bat too early, too late or just perfect.

As we said, this is batting at its most basic. To really bat well you'll need to learn when you move across the wicket and how to play off your front or back foot. In general any delivery pitched short (and therefore likely to climb quite high before it reaches you) should be played off the back foot. To do this you hold down Left Trigger (on Xbox 360, although the PS3 version uses a similar mechanic) and then play your shot as normal. Doing this also helps the accuracy of your shots, with the aiming window (mapped to the left analogue stick) becoming smaller.

Conversely, if a ball is pitched up quite full (and therefore isn't going to come onto the batsmen too high), it's best for you to play off the front foot. Your final option is to charge down the wicket, which isn't really advisable against fast bowlers, but can be effective against slow spin bowling - be careful though, as a swing and miss will give the wicket keeper an easy stumping opportunity.

You can perform all the key strokes

You can perform all the key strokes

The various shot types are all on offer and taught to you in the dull, but essential for novices training mode. Aim legside on the back foot and you'll play a hook or pull depending on the ball's height, while a straight shot off a high ball will play a classy looking back foot drive. Playing on the front foot allows you to perform the classic forward defence and the straight drive, while also letting you glance the ball off your legs.

Good bowling is essential if you're going to stop your opponent scoring runs easily, but in Ashes 2009 it's definitely the hardest of the three disciplines. It's not tough to bowl the ball, with a button corresponding to a delivering type (swing, cut, spin, etc) being pressed once to begin with and again to set the delivery quality (via an on-screen meter), but consistently bowling high quality deliveries is very tricky. It's essential you do though, as building up your confidence opens up more devastating bowling options that will really test the batsman.

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Dipper8's Avatar


well..... the much anticipated cricket game is dissappointing as the next big step .... but that is my opinion..... I did have a gut feeling that the "bowling" side of it would be the hard part to make "playable" ...........the batting is great ... the fielding it should be...but dissappointed that after this big break in time the bowling has not advanced much.....good luck if there is ever another cricket game come out....
Posted 09:30 on 01 September 2009


You cannot save mid Innings etc. But you can save between test matches

IF you where in the Ashes playing the AUS at Lords. You cant save untill you finish that game
Posted 05:44 on 11 August 2009
will-1990's Avatar


can anyone tell me if you can save in the middle of a test match? coz i had an easports cricket game before and you couldn't, which kind of spoilt it
Posted 21:36 on 10 August 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


it's a fantastic game best cricket game ever actually graphics may not be as good as kz2 or crysis but on high settings graphics look excellent
Posted 06:59 on 08 August 2009
iagainsti's Avatar


will ashes 2009 on ps3 work in canada? if i buy it from UK!?
Posted 05:38 on 07 August 2009
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar

Mr_Ninjutsu@ Wido

Such a tease, you little minx.
Posted 19:28 on 06 August 2009
Wido's Avatar

Wido@ TomO

Such a tease, you little minx.
Posted 19:24 on 06 August 2009


We demand it now TomO! i must know if it is worth a pre order :) go on just a little tid bit
Posted 14:34 on 06 August 2009
rbevanx's Avatar

rbevanx@ TomO

"Our Batman review will be up well before the game is released, but I can't say more than that"

Oh go on tell us lol
Posted 14:09 on 06 August 2009
TomO's Avatar


To answer some of your questions:

This is based on just the PS3 and 360 versions. We haven't played the PC version and the Wii review will likely be next week.

Our Batman review will be up well before the game is released, but I can't say more than that :)
Posted 13:20 on 06 August 2009
GeNeCyDe1993's Avatar


Its also on the wii Karlius :) but i will be getting this on 360, let down by the demo but a must for cricket fans i think
Posted 13:06 on 06 August 2009
Karlius's Avatar


Surely this game is ideal for the Wii?
Posted 12:00 on 06 August 2009


Illl tell you my score on Friday :P but I have been waiting for a cricket game for a while. And this game is just what I wanted, a Cricket game on my PC that will entertain me for months :)

So for me 10/10 but im Biased lol
Posted 11:31 on 06 August 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


i would have given it an 8
Posted 11:17 on 06 August 2009


Also bit off topic. But do you guys know when your Batman review will be up?
Posted 11:03 on 06 August 2009

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Ashes Cricket 2009
Out of 10
Ashes Cricket 2009
  • It plays like cricket
  • Play in the Ashes
  • Visuals look dated
  • Batting is far easier than bowling
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Release Date: 07/08/2009
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii
Developer: Transmission Games
Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Sports
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,986 255
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