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Ricky Ponting cricket game modes unveiled

Time to dust off your pads -- Atari Australia has unveiled the full line up of modes to be made available in the upcoming Ricky Ponting International Cricket game. The title will include Exhibition, Tournament, Challenge, and Coaching play modes in addition to Career Player, Customise and The Pavilion.

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Time to dust off your pads -- Atari Australia has unveiled the full line up of modes to be made available in the upcoming Ricky Ponting International Cricket game. The title will include Exhibition, Tournament, Challenge, and Coaching play modes in addition to Career Player, Customise and The Pavilion.

Ricky Ponting International Cricket is set for release in September (right in the middle of the Ashes) for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The game has an official license from the International Cricket Council (ICC), meaning it will include real players and tournaments from the ICC calendar including the World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy.

The full game modes are:
Exhibition (One-Day International, Test Match, Double Wicket)
Players can select how many overs are played, up to a maximum of 50 (meaning you can create a 20:20 slog fest). Alternatively you can set up a Test Match, with a 5-day Test in all 10 test-playing nations.

Tournament (ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, World Tour, World XI Series, Double Wicket Tournament)
Players can take part in the ICC's official tournaments, such as the Cricket World Cup, featuring 14 limited-overs national teams, or the Champions Trophy with all the One-Day International nations in a concentrated round-robin competition. The Tournament mode also offers World Tour, where you take your team on a world tour playing Test matches and One-Day Internationals across the globe.

Challenge (Classic Matches, World XI Challenge, Classic XI Challenge)
The Classic Match mode delivers 10 scenarios where you take over a genuine historic match at a critical point and see if you can pull off, or better, the same cricketing feats as your real-life counterparts. There's also the World XI Challenge, which has you playing as every international team versus the world's best XI, and the Classic XI Challenge for you to pit your selected World XI against history's greatest players in the ultimate cricketing test!

Coaching
To help you perfect your skills, Coaching offers The Nets, a comprehensive training facility for bowling and batting.

Career Player
Create your own Career Player to represent your nation in every available mode. You can select real licensed kit manufacturers - including Slazenger, Kookaburra, Duncan Fearnley. You can even set your player's specialist skills, be it as a batsman, bowler or all-rounder, and determine if your player needs to have sun-cream applied

Customise
Using the Custom Squad option, build your dream XI from all the players featured. You can even design your own tournaments and leagues using the Custom League or Cup mode.

The Pavilion
The Records show off hundreds of One-Day, Fielding, Batting, Bowling, and Team records. Finally, there are three Trophy cabinets to fill with silverware, including the ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC Champion's Trophy!

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