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Lara '96 Box Lara '96 by Audiogenic was the PC version of the smash MegaDrive hit of the same name. The game is effectively an update to their earlier game Graham Gooch World Class Cricket.

Lara '96 was released in a few different guises around the world. The game play never changed from release to release (other then updated player statistics). These are the other titles released by Audiogenic that are effectively still Lara '96

bulletShane Warne Cricket - Australian release with updated statistics for 1997.
bulletBattle for the Ashes 97 - Cut down budget version featuring just England and Australia for the 1997 Ashes series.

Battle for the Ashes 98/99 - Cut down budget version featuring just England and Australia for the 1998/99 Ashes series.



Feedback (my comments are in italics)

Send feedback about Lara '96.

Peter Calver of Audiogenic said on 17 December 1998

We are producing a data disk with updates of all the teams (ie international. county, and Sheffield Shield - if appropriate) for use with Lara '96 and Shane Warne Cricket. It costs 9.99 by post or 5.99 by email. Not sure when this will become available.


David Johnson supplied the following hints.

I have owned Shane Warne for about 18 months and I still find it hard to put down now. The Sunday League and Championship really brings it to life, I think the new Brian Lara falls down with the lack of domestic teams. If Shane Warne had a new revamp with improved sound and hi-res graphics it would be a world beater. The new Brian Lara is by the same team as did Shane Warne so is meant to be the revamp mentioned.

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 Lara '96.


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