When summer rolls around in Australia, it seems every cricket fan in the country wants to be part of the Big Bash experience … and now there's an entirely new way to do exactly that.
Cricket Australia, in collaboration with the developer behind the hit DonBradman cricket games, Big Ant Studios, has launched Big Bash 2016 on Apple iOS and Android.
Players can take control of their favourite clubs and lead them to glory through each match of the season.
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Featuring player names and jerseys, Big Ant has applied its leading motion capture technology to the game – with both male and female players captured – to ensure the movement of players and flow of the game is more authentic than in any previous mobile cricket game.
Players will get to play through the entire KFC BBL and rebel WBBL seasons with any of the eight Big Bash clubs, and all of the big hits, big wickets, and big finishes that entails.
"We're really proud to be the first developer to include women's cricket in a mobile game," said Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant Studios.
"We wanted to give players the most authentic and complete T20 cricket experience, which they can play along with as they cheer on their favourite clubs in real life.
"T20 cricket is such an exciting version of the sport, and we think it fits with mobile gaming platforms perfectly."
Big Bash 2016 has been designed to be simple to play but tough to master; to bat, players just swipe the touch screen in the direction they want their player to hit the ball.
Time it right and you'll watch the ball soar over the fence for a glorious six; get the timing wrong, and watch the ball finish up in the safe hands of a fielder.
To bowl, simply position a marker to determine pitch, and then swipe in a direction to create some spin or swing.
"The BBL and WBBL have taken Australia by storm in recent years, with the fast-paced action on the field and fun family atmosphere off the field making it a favourite of fans young and old around Australia," said Anthony Everard, Head of Big Bash League at Cricket Australia.
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"Now, with Big Bash 2016, our fans will be able to be a part of the cricket action using their own mobile device.
"Being able to play as your favourite players and lead your club to victory in the BBL and WBBL is bound to be exciting for all of our fans."
Big Bash 2016 is completely free to play, with no micro-transactions or advertisements stopping players from getting stuck right in.
The game is now available on the iOS and Android app stores.