505 Games today announced the first three commentators to feature in the official ASHES CRICKET 2013 video game this summer. Lead commentator for Channel 5 in the UK and Australia’s Channel 9, Mark Nicholas, will be joined by ex-England head coach and Sky Sports pundit, David Lloyd and ex-Australian international and Channel 9 commentator Michael Slater.
Mark Nicholas acts as the lead commentator of the three. Although being an Englishman by birth, and playing for Hampshire for over 17 years, he has since made his name as a television presenter. Nicholas is the anchor of Channel 5 cricket coverage in the UK and also anchor of Channel 9 coverage during the Australian summer cricket season.
David Lloyd, affectionately known as Bumble, brings a wealth of experience and good humour to the game that cricket fans have come to expect from his dulcet tones. Famous for his array of catchphrases, such as “This pitch is as flat as a dodo” and "England have nothing to lose here, apart from this Test match", Bumble was England coach during the 1997 Ashes series before becoming a Sky Sports commentator in 1999.
Finally, ex-Australian international, Michael Slater completes the commentating line up. Known as 'Slats' in the commentary box, he has been commentating on Channel 9 for seven years. Slater played in four Ashes series, scoring 1669 runs including a remarkable seven hundreds. He played 74 Tests for Australia between1993 – 2001.
“Whether listening on the radio or watching on TV, commentary is a key part to the overall experience,” commented Ralph Pitt-Stanley, General Manager for UK & Export at 505 Games. “It was therefore important we faithfully replicated this in ASHES CRICKET 2013 and with Bumble, Nicholas and Slater we have three of the finest and most loved commentators in the game today.”
Further details on ASHES CRICKET 2013 will be revealed exclusively over the coming months via the official website community forums at www.ashescricket2013.com, via Facebook at /ashescricket2013 and twitter @ashescricket13.
About 505 Games Ltd.
505 Games is a global video game publisher focused on offering a broad selection of titles for players of all ages and levels. The company publishes games on leading console and handheld platforms as well as for mobile devices and social networks. Product highlights include Sniper Elite V2, Zumba® Fitness, the Cooking Mama World series, Rugby World Cup 2011 and Naughty Bear as well as the upcoming titles Terraria, Way of The Dogg, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, PAYDAY 2 and TAKEDOWN: RED SABRE.
505 Games has offices in Los Angeles, Milton Keynes, UK, Lyon, Munich, Milan and Madrid and a network of distribution partners worldwide. For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com
About Trickstar Games
Trickstar Games is a licensed developer with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, based in Melbourne, Australia, and produces games on all major gaming platforms including web browser, iOS and Android. Headed by Mike Fegan and Tony Parkes, who together have over 50 years’ experience in the interactive entertainment industry and have been involved in the production, publishing and distribution of over 500 games. Founded in 2009, Trickstar have developed an impressive portfolio of titles including Bafta-Nominated International Cricket 2010, Jane’s Advance Strike Fighters, Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII, StuntMania, StuntMania Reloaded, Fumes: Stunt Racer and Tankz as well as UK & Australia No.1 hit title - Ashes Cricket.
For more information about Trickstar go to www.trickstargames.com
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About Cricket Australia
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