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International Cricket FAQ v1.1
Last Updated 15th December 2000

Author:  Lee Davis-Thalbourne/Kirby1024
Website: http://kirby1024.tripod.com

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Contents:

1.  Introduction
2.  FAQ Update History
3.  Barebones Objective
4.  Batting
5.  Bowling
6.  Fielding
7.  Team Selection
8.  General Tips
9.  Interesting things to try
10.  Credits/Legal stuff
11. Next Installment

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1.  Introduction

OK. This is probably one of the least played games in my NES 
collection. I find it fun on occaisons (and it's the only way 
I'll play cricket :) I thought that making a FAQ on this game 
might help others who have inherited this game from friends 
whose NES bit the dust or bought it out of curiosity from 
secondhand game stores. (which is pretty much the only two 
ways you'll likely find it)

As for the actual avaliability of this game, well, I'm still 
trying to figure that one out. I know that it was released in 
Australia, and I'm fairly sure it was released in all countries 
in that zone (which from memory is Italy, England, Australia 
and New Zealand). Unfortunately, apart from that, I'd have no 
idea. If you're an American who somehow managed to get this 
game (and if you have, tell me how!), you'll likely be wondering 
how the hell to play this. Well, I really can't tell you 
everything about cricket, but the section 3 is the barebones 
of the objectives of the game, if you've never seen a cricket
game before, and I've placed handy control sections at the 
start of the three control sections to get you started.

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2. FAQ Update History

1.0  First release. All the basic information is in here. 
I'll likely put in some extra stuff when I get it

1.1  Placed a lot of extra info, fixed a few errors with the
controls.

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3. Barebones Objectives

It's hard to describe cricket in a few paragraphs, but here 
goes:

In Cricket, the objective is to score runs. Unlike baseball, 
where there are four bases, there is merely a strip of grass 
called a pitch. Running from one end to the other counts as 
one run. At each end of the pitch is a set of three sticks 
called the stumps. A batter can be run out if the ball hits
these stumps before he reaches them.

While the batter is attempting to score runs, the Bowler and
the Fielders are trying to get them out. The bowler is 
trying to do this by hitting the stumps himself (this is 
known as being "bowled out". 

The Fielders have two ways of getting the batter out: By 
catching the ball on the full (or, in some variants, with 
one hand on the first bounce), or by hitting the stumps 
before the batter reaches them

There are usually 11 batters (and a 12th man who goes in when
10 have been taken out. There are always 2 batters (one at 
each end of the pitch), which is why there is a 12th man. 
Once all 11 batters are out, the inning ends, and the teams 
switch around. Depending on the mode of play, this may happen 
several times throughout the game.

For more information, these links may help:

An Explanation of Cricket:
http://www.ozsports.com.au/cricket/cricket_exp.html
http://control-lab.et.tudelft.nl/~haver/cricket/cricket.html

Marcello Tonarelli: The Noble game of Cricket:
http://members.spree.com/sip/mtonarelli/index.htm

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4. Batting

Batting is probably the easier of the modes to play on this 
game.


Screen one (where you will actually hit the ball), 
the controls are as follows:

Left/Right:  Move your batter (Not doing this will cause 
             you to miss the ball a lot)
D-Pad + A/B: Which direction you will hit the ball
A Button:    Hit a ball low to the ground
B Button:    Hit a ball high

That's it. With those three, you can hit nearly every ball
in any direction. However, doing this takes considerable 
amount of practise, and it's often wise to practise this 
in the Practice mode.


Screen two (The field) the controls are as follows:

A Button     Start running
B Button     Cancel run (they will run back to their end)

You can't control how fast they run. This has already been
predetermined for you, in the "Running" statistic. Quite often
one batter will run slower than the other. Keep this in mind
when trying to figure out when to run and when to stay


When playing against the computer, remember that they will 
never change their fielders. When you find a direction that
scores easily, try to remember that, and duplicate it as 
often as possible, as this will mean you will have an easy 
source of runs. In the same vein, if you get caught out by 
one particular direction, try not to use that direction as 
much as possible, or the game will be over far quicker than
you wanted it to :)

However, there are no rules when playing against a human 
player. All human players are different (duh), and most are
smart enough to realise when you've found a hole in their 
fielding. Also, A human's bowling will not be as predictable
as a computer's bowler. You'll need to learn what they favour,
and you may be bowled out a few times before you get it. 
And even then, a smart player will know never to fall into 
a pattern. You just have to do the same thing :)

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5. Bowling

The bowler is critical for stopping your opponent from scoring
runs. A good bowler can stop an opponent from scoring huge 
amounts of runs, as there is usually a set limit when it comes
to balls that can be thrown.


The Controls for Bowling are as follows:

A Button:  Bowl the ball towards the right
B Button:  Bowl the ball towards the left
D-Pad:     Choose the type of bowl


The types of bowls are as follows. Note that this is what I've
found from playing this. I'm not a complete expert on this:

Left:  Off Cutter
       
       This spins it to the left (I think. That's my 
       experience anyway)

Right: Leg Cutter
       
       This spins it to the right (again, I think)

Up:    Long
       
       This causes the ball to bounce closer to the wicket. 
       This is a great thing to use as a surprise tactic with
       a fast bowler

Down:  Short

       This will cause the ball to bounce further away. I don't
       use this that often, but again it's great to surprise a
       person with

You are not confined to just the four ways. You can combine
 the Up/Down with the Left/Right.


When bowling, remember that using the same bowl over and over
will allow an opponent to adapt quite quickly. You must use 
a variety of bowls so that your opponent cannot adjust. Also,
Don't stick with the same bowler all the time. Change him often
as each bowler bowls slightly different. Usually, the computer 
will change them for you at the start of each over, but you can
choose a different person. This applies to humans more than the 
computer, but you should always do it

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6. Fielding

Fielding is the second half of a team's defense. Good 
fielding can stop runs from being scored, and will often be
the ones who catch a person out. Combined with a good bowler,
They can shut down a batter


The controls for the fielders are as follows:

D-Pad:    Move the fielder around
A Button: Dive for the ball/Throw to wicket-keeper
B Button: Jump for the ball/Throw to bowler


Some important things to remember are that the computer will
usually choose the fielder closest to the ball. This can be 
a blessing and a curse, for often it takes a while for the 
computer to make up it's mind. Also, if a fielder is close 
enough to where the ball will fall, the computer will 
automatically place the fielder there (very handy!).

A few quirks with the computer can make fielding very frustrating.
You, for some reason, have no control as to which wicket you 
can throw to. As a result, you can have a wicket throw that 
you know will get someone out, but it goes to the other wicket, 
allowing the batter to get the runs.

Remember, Once you the ball is in a fielder's hands, and 
there is no other activity for a few seconds, the game will 
go to the next ball. This is quite useful, as it can stop 
those awkward standoffs

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7. Team Selection

This should never be rushed. You need to have a well balanced 
team in order to do well. You must pick 11 people, and of 
those 11, I recommend:

At least 3 batsmen
2 Spin bowlers
1 Medium Bowler
2 Fast bowlers
1 Wicket Keeper
2 All Rounders

Your Batsmen should be up near the front of your batting 
lineup, but not all clumped up. Leave at least 1 for the 
last batter, in case you didn't quite do as well as you
thought.

Experiment with the bowlers, Five is more than enough, and 
you can change the ratios as much as you like. If you take
one out (to make 4 bowlers altogether) always add an extra 
batsmen

All Rounders are useful because while they aren't 
spectacular in any one thing, they can do everything. They're
useful as surprise bowlers, as well as batsmen.

Here is a list of all the players in the game. Instead of 
going by country, I've chosen to list them by Position, so you
can compare them better. At the end, I've placed the totals of
all the countries:

AUS=Australia    ENG=England     IND=India     NZ=New Zealand
PAK=Pakistan     SA=South Africa SL=Sri Lanka  WI=West Indies

Batters  B=Batter
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Name         Country Pos  Bat  Bow  Fie  Run  Tot
A Boulder    AUS     B     17    1   15   11   44
M Sailor     AUS     B     17    1   14   13   45
D Boost      AUS     B     15    1   13   15   44
J Dean       AUS     B     18    6   16   10   50
G Swamp      AUS     B     15    1   13   13   42
M Joseph     AUS     B     16    8    9   12   45
M Stein      ENG     B     15    6   11   14   46
T Jacob      ENG     B     18    4   11   12   45
K Dasler     ENG     B     15    3   15   13   46
Y Walter     ENG     B     18    3   12   11   44
J Taylor     ENG     B     16    5    8   17   46
E Ritchie    ENG     B     19    4    9   12   44
B Kami       IND     B     19    3   15   15   52
J Hingst     IND     B     16    6   10   15   47
L Kuyrstz    IND     B     18    4    7   16   45
G Varda      IND     B     15    3   10   14   42
R Sarasvi    IND     B     14    5    8   13   40
A Amputch    IND     B     17    5   10   14   46
F Gallen     NZ      B     16    2   15   15   48
E Devlin     NZ      B     15    4   10   15   44
M Evans      NZ      B     18    1    7   16   42
L Graham     NZ      B     16    3   10   14   43
T Lowe       NZ      B     17    4    8   13   42
W Hughes     NZ      B     15    3   10   14   42
Z Khan       PAK     B     18    2   13   13   46
W Aqbar      PAK     B     17    6   10   14   47
T Ashraf     PAK     B     18    4    7   15   44
I Durmani    PAK     B     17    5   14   12   48
E Fujia      PAK     B     19    4    9   13   45
F Burl       PAK     B     20    1    8   12   41
H Finlay     SA      B     19    3   10   14   46
E Goldby     SA      B     18    6   10   17   51
N Peden      SA      B     17    3   10   15   45
R Mostet     SA      B     20    3    8   18   49
M Begg       SA      B     16    3   12   16   47
I Peglar     SA      B     15    6   15   11   47
H Justice    SL      B     19    2   10   16   47
P Lynch      SL      B     15    3   10   17   45
W Willis     SL      B     18    1   14   12   45
I Ferris     SL      B     13    6   10   14   43
J Murphy     SL      B     17    0   14   13   44
R Martin     SL      B     13    3   15   13   44
H Justice    WI      B     19    2   10   16   47
P Lynch      WI      B     15    0   12   20   47
W Willis     WI      B     18    1   12   15   46
I Ferris     WI      B     13    4    9   16   42
J Murphy     WI      B     17    2    8   15   42
R Martin     WI      B     13    0   14   15   42


Bowlers  F=Fast  M=Medium  S=Spin
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Name         Country Pos  Bat  Bow  Fie  Run  Tot
M Ewes       AUS     F      9   14   10   14   47
R Bruce      AUS     F      1   17   10   15   43
C McDirt     AUS     F      9   15   14   12   50
M Spotley    ENG     F      6   17   12   14   49
K Dooner     ENG     F      7   18   10   13   48
R Vevers     IND     F      8   15   15   13   51
K Savi       IND     F      5   19    9   12   45
I Vinges     IND     F      9   15   12   10   46
R Collie     NZ      F      5   15   15   13   48
T Pape       NZ      F      4   19    9   12   44
W Abdul      PAK     F      7   16   10   14   47
C Hussan     PAK     F      6   18   10   12   46
H Burhi      PAK     F      5   18   14   12   49
P Booth      SA      F      8   16   10   14   48
M Lord       SA      F      5   20   11   13   49
C Pape       SA      F      6   17   10   13   46
L Jones      SL      F      6   19    8   11   44
R Marley     SL      F      4   15    9   13   41
M Lurie      SL      F      8   17    8   11   44
L Jones      WI      F      6   19    9   13   47
R Marley     WI      F      4   18    8   17   47
M Lurie      WI      F      8   17    6   16   47
T Oldman     AUS     M      3   16   11    8   38
S Avery      ENG     M      6   19   10    8   43
P Thied      IND     M      6   17   12    9   44
L Swami      IND     M      5   18   11   11   45
L Reade      NZ      M      8   15   12   10   45
T Hulley     NZ      M      6   17   12    9   44
G Ramesh     PAK     M      8   18   11    9   46
L Dalpat     PAK     M      9   19   10    8   46
A Snunka     SA      M      5   16   14    9   44
W Van Ame    SA      M      5   19   11    8   43
L Winston    SL      M      9   15   12   10   46
W Everton    SL      M      5   18   13    9   45
L Winston    WI      M      9   18   10   10   47
W Everton    WI      M      5   17   13   12   47
Y Williams   WI      M      9   14   12   12   47
P Tail       AUS     S      8   14    9    7   38
W Milton     AUS     S      6   15   10    7   38
K Smyth      ENG     S      7   18   13    8   46
A Sheep      ENG     S      8   17   13    9   47
I Jones      ENG     S      6   16   15   10   47
R Silke      IND     S      8   16    7    9   40
O Keille     NZ      S      5   16   14    7   42
F Pullar     PAK     S      6   18   12    8   44
U Mann       SA      S      7   17   12    7   43
Y Hali       SL      S      7   16   12    8   43
Y Hali       WI      S      7   17   12   13   49
H Walsh      WI      S      9   13   13   13   48


Wicket-Keepers  WK=Wicket-Keeper
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Name         Country Pos  Bat  Bow  Fie  Run  Tot
I Hilly      AUS     WK    10    1   18   13   42
M Caven      ENG     WK     8    6   18   13   45
O Kazret     IND     WK     8    4   17   13   42
M Raven      NZ      WK     3    6   17   13   39
R Harwina    PAK     WK     5    3   20    9   37
P Pynn       SA      WK     6    4   18   10   38
H Wild       SL      WK    10    7   17   11   45
H Wild       WI      WK    10    4   17   16   47


All Rounders  A=All Rounder  AS=All Round Spin
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Name         Country Pos  Bat  Bow  Fie  Run  Tot
S Mars       AUS     A     13   13   15   10   51
H Mervyn     AUS     A     11   14    8    9   42
K Kirk       ENG     A     12   13   10   11   46
D Payne      ENG     A     12   12   11   12   47
M Jagan      IND     A     11   13   10   10   44
W Vuchi      IND     A     12   13   14    7   46
H Pierce     NZ      A     13   11   11   11   46
R Neath      NZ      A     11   14   10   10   45
U Motz       PAK     A     10   14    9   11   44
R Huish      PAK     A     12   14    8    9   43
N Bird       SA      A     11   15    9   10   45
P Bolte      SA      A     12   15    7   11   45
Y Williams   SL      A      9   11    9   11   40
O Warner     SL      A     11   11    7   12   41
O Warner     WI      A     11   13   11   14   49
P Gerard     AUS     AS    11   15    4    8   38
L Towers     ENG     AS    10   14   11   10   45
P Zumi       IND     AS     9   14    8   10   41
E Roep       NZ      AS    13   17    7    9   46
I Cooke      NZ      AS    10   18    8   10   46
P Kaping     PAK     AS    10   12   12   10   44
A Persi      SA      AS    12   12    8    9   41
H Walsh      SL      AS     9   13   11   10   43


Country Totals
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Name         Country Pos  Bat  Bow  Fie  Run  Tot
AUS Totals                179  152  189  177  697
ENG Totals                183  175  189  187  734
IND Totals                180  170  175  191  716
NZ Totals                 175  165  175  191  706
PAK Totals                187  172  177  181  717
SA Totals                 182  175  175  195  727
SL Totals                 173  157  179  191  700
WI Totals                 173  159  176  233  741


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8. General Tips

* The computer has no imagination. He never changes the field,
  so if you find a good place to hit, stick with it!

* Practice Batting always. The better you are, the easier it
is to repeat good hits

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9. Interesting Things to try

Especially in old NES games, there are many things that you 
can normally do without game cheat devices that can add a bit
of extra entertainment value to a game. My brother Nick is 
a dab hand at finding these things, so I decided to put up a
few of the ones he found in this game:

* It is actually possible, if you are the Fielding team at 
least, to stall the end of a ball. Because the game only
starts the next ball after the ball stops moving for around 
2 seconds (we haven't timed this), if you can keep the ball
moving, then the next ball won't start. This is supremely 
useful against people who are really impatient (just 30 
seconds of this can frustrate these sorts of people)

* Batters have the ability to do this as well, although it's
a tad riskier. The batter has to stop moving as well, so by
constantly pressing A, then B (ad nauseum), then they can 
achieve the same thing. Be warned, a good player can stop 
this short by timing his throw at the wicket so they can 
get you out.

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10. Credits/Legal Stuff

Thanks to my brother Nick, who played with me so I could write 
this, and then became better than me and learned the game inside
out so I didn't need to play it anymore :)

Thanks to Nintendo, for allowing a game with such little world
market into shops

All the contents of this FAQ document (excepting links to 
other websites) are protected by International copyright laws.
Essentially, this means that you may not copy and/or publish 
any part of this FAQ without my express written permission. 
There are only three sites that have permission to publish 
this FAQ document, and they are:

GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com)
Lee Davis-Thalbourne's Personal Pages (http://kirby1024.tripod.com)
Gameadvice (http://www.gameadvice.com)

They are also the places where the latest version will be 
found. If it is found elsewhere, please contact me.

Oh! If you do find any errors in this FAQ, or wish to point 
something out to me, or just want to say how good this is, 
please don't hesitate to contact me at kirby1024@hotmail.com

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11. Next Installment

Wow, That was a big update. I've almost nothing to add next
time! (Perhaps I should have added fewer teams :) ) I'll
likely be adding minor corrections, perhaps a few more hints
and tips, and probably a few more interesting things to do.
Stay Tuned!

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