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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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