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Shane Warne Cricket Box

Shane Warne Cricket by Audiogenic was the Australian release of Lara '96 with updated statistics for the 1997 season. Aside from a few screenshots the game is identical.



Feedback received (my comments are in italics)

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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 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

Daniel James Mawdesley said on 25 November 1998

All in all I would say that Shane Warne is a good game, but there is one bug that really annoys me. It is this:

When I save a Championship or Sunday League and then try to reload it, sometimes instead of reloading to the point where I saved, it starts a new league from Week 1, using the same team I selected before. Has anybody else noticed this?

I thought I had overcome the problem by saving each game twice, but this week I tried to reload my Championship, and BOTH saved games went wrong! It was all the more annoying because at the time I was (with Worcestershire) 500 for 3 off 70 overs (Moody 200) and cruising to the championship!

Also, sometimes the game crashes if the ball hits the batsman on the body, or hits the stumps.

Has anybody else noticed these bugs and/or found a way around them to help Daniel?

Arijit Sen said on 1 November 1998

After EA Sports Cricket 97 Shane Warne Cricket is the best cricket game I had ever played (The Full Version). Only trouble is it halts to often and there's a problem with sound.

TOTAL 9 OF 15 (Pretty Good)


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 Shane Warne Cricket.


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