DON YOUR WHITES AND HEAD OUT FOR THE MIDDLE AS ASHES CRICKET 2009 HITS UK STORES TOMORROW

Thursday 6th August/... The time has come to don your whites, head out to the middle and see if you have what it takes to lead your country to glory as Ashes Cricket 2009 hits retail stores tomorrow, Friday 7th August. Arriving in time for the start of the fourth Test in this thrilling npower Ashes Series, see the game where rain doesn’t stop play in the new‘Ashes 2009: World of Cricket’ video, available today from www.playashes.com.

The new‘World of Cricket’ video showcases the game’s extensive modes beyond this year’s npower Ashes series, where gamers can play as the world’s leading international cricket nations, including India, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies, in a range of competitions from full a Test series to One Day Internationals and quick fire Twenty Over games.

Launching into stores tomorrow for the Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC, Ashes Cricket 2009 is fully licensed by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club, the world's most famous cricket club and owner of the Ashes urn) and Cricket Australia. Ashes Cricket 2009 delivers the ultimate Ashes experience, featuring star performers like Andrew Strauss, Ricky Ponting and Andrew‘Freddy’ Flintoff, officially licensed kit, equipment and stadia including Lords, The Brit Oval and the venue of Friday’s fourth Test, Headingly.

Ashes Cricket 2009 delivers all the exciting, athletic, skilful and technical elements that gamers expect from Codemasters, the home of video game cricket. Building on the heritage that Codemasters has enjoyed with its best-selling Brian Lara series, Ashes Cricket 2009 will continue to lead the field with great batting, bowling and fielding gameplay and authenticity that made the series a huge hit with cricket fans the world over. Bringing the game to the Nintendo Wii for the first time, players can perform the same bowling and batting motions of their heroes using the Wii Remote.

Prepare to create, re-enact and rewrite history at the crease and help England win back the trophy in Ashes Cricket 2009 , coming tomorrow for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PC and Nintendo Wii.

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