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The gameplay is an improvement, with a more realistic feel to the batting, bowling and fielding. However, the AI still has a tendency to run itself out stupidly far too often and the continued lack of proper edges behind the wicket mean having a large number of slips is often completely pointless. We can appreciate it would be difficult to get thin edges simulated accurately, but without them, well, the game just isn’t cricket. Nevertheless, Ashes Cricket 2009 is a decent game of cricket, marred by some classic issues. If you’d sorted out the persistent problem with the edges and runouts, you’d have got a much higher score, Codies.
The variety of single-player modes and accessibility of controls make Ashes 2009 an easy game for players with only a passing interest in sports games to pick up. The removal of local multiplayer--one of the console version's strongest features--in the PC game is disappointing, and while ultimately fans of the sport will enjoy this title the most, they'll have to overlook its visuals and gameplay problems. It's good for a hit around the park during the tea break, but this game won't be replacing watching the real Aussies or English players take up the bat and ball anytime soon.