Battle for the Ashes 97

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Battle for the Ashes 97 Box Battle for the Ashes 97 by Audiogenic was a budget release of Lara '96 for the 1997 Ashes series. It is restricted to just the England and Australia squads but gameplay is identical to Lara '96.



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Mayo said on 11 February 1999

To make the game a little more exciting, set the game type option to Arcade mode. This makes your player hit the ball in the air all the time, but if it looks like you are going to be caught out just press the escape key or F10 and you will still be there!!!! (I reached over 2000 runs in an innings doing this!!!). Also, when the computer bats, the batsman also hits it in the air, so it is a good idea to have 2 players in close stopping the 1, and the rest further out for catches (make sure you have deep mid-on and deep mid-off). Left handed batsmen are also preferable when facing right handed bowlers (and vice-versa).

Peter Calver of Audiogenic said on 3 November 1998

Battle for the Ashes '97 was based on Lara '96. Oops my mistake. I had previously stated it was based on Graham Gooch World Class Cricket. I have amended the details accordingly.


David Johnson supplied the following hints.

I have some tips which work best for County level players on the game:


The general principal for batting is to hit the ball in the direction that it is travelling e.g. if it's on the leg side hit it to the right. All shots must be timed well if you want to score boundaries. You should look to use the 6 hit button for all short, fast deliveries and full tosses unless on the middle stump. Be careful when playing against spinners though, always try and play with the spin not against it or you'll be in trouble. You may have to play defensively quite a lot.


Fast/Medium bowlers:

1) Put a couple of fielders close in at a right angle on the leg side and bowl a very quick full toss on or just outside the leg stump and the batsmen will hit the ball into the fielder's hands.

2) Pitch the ball about 2 or 3 wickets outside the off stump on quite a full length and put lots of speed into it, the batsman will edge it to the slips and keeper.

Swing bowlers:

Pitch the ball as short as you can either quite a way outside leg or off stump and swing it as much as possible in towards the stumps, the batsman will often completely miss the ball.


These bowlers can take loads of wickets. Try pitching the ball on off stump or middle stump on a full length and put maximum spin on it left or right, the batsman will swing and miss the ball.

From Vijay Patel - Bowl a left hand fast bowler, and pitch it on leg stump.  Bowl it at full speed, and you will take a wicket. You may have to keep trying, but it will work!!!

Arijit Sen supplied the following hints.

To get the batsman in trouble with fast bowlers

1) Bowl a full toss at full speed. The batsman could be out bowled or L.B.W.
2) Keep all your fielders on the on side. Bowl at the pads of the batsman. The batsman might toss up the ball higher and your fielders could catch it!

To get the batsman in trouble with spinners

1) Bowl a yorker length delivery and spin it to the wicket. The batsman might get out.
2) Bowl a slow spin at the pads. Keep your all fielders on the on side. The batsman might get caught out.

To get slip catches

1) For swing bowlers - Place the ball right outside offstump of the batsman. Then bowl a medium speed outswing. The batsman could chase the ball and edge and your slip fielders could catch it.
2) For fast bowlers - Place the ball as the swing bowlers does. Then bowl a medium speed delivery.The same thing might happen as off swing bowlers.


Vidyuth Srinivas supplied the following cheat. If when bowling the computer looks to have hit a 4 or when batting you are about to be run out press the Esc key and it will be ignored. You have to press the Esc key before the umpire signalling 4 or fielder running you out animation is shown for the result to be ignored.


Audiogenic - developers of Battle for the Ashes 97.


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