With this in mind we’re going to take a look at what you can get to enhance your Ashes experience on the iPhone. Before we do that, we’ll fill those non-cricket lovers in on what is arguably the greatest rivalry in Cricket and the cause of a great deal of emotion amongst its fans.
The Ashes dates back to 1882 and is a set of Cricket tests played between England and Australia. Brilliantly, the tournament started after a newspaper article described England’s first defeat on home soil against an Australia side as ‘the death of English Cricket’ the report went on to say that the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. And so began one of the greatest sporting contests on the planet.
Now to the nitty gritty. An iTunes search for ‘The Ashes‘ will only bring up five cricket related apps but in there you will find one of the best around. Sky Sports Live Cricket Score Centre isn’t and Ashes specific App but it’s still a must for all Cricket enthusiasts. It brings live updates to your iPhone and will make sure you know exactly what’s happening. It’s got as much detail as you would expect from the broadcasting powerhouse and the App is easy to navigate and well laid out.
If you would rather not spend out on an app to know the scores (ye of little faith in your national Cricket team) then you should check out
If your all set for keeping score but would really like to get into playing a little cricket on your iPhone then there are quite a few apps for you to try. Sadly, like in the console world, Cricket is a tough game to simulate. Fortunately developers have been pretty innovative and have come up with some novel ideas. You might say they’re testing the boundaries (awful we know).
First up and one that’s likely to be liked or loathed is iSpot The Cricket Ball which is, if you haven’t guessed already, basically spot the ball with Cricket pictures. You get twenty guesses and once they are up the answer is revealed. If this were a free app we’d deem it downloadable but sadly its not worth the £1.19 price tag.
Touch Cricket is an actual game and it uses quite a fun engine for you to control a batsman and score runs. Users have to use a finger to drag the batsman into a hitting position as the ball travels across the screen. It takes a bit of getting used to and the action reminds us of marionettes a little but this is still a fun app for £0.59. Its quite cool to dip in and out of but we don’t anticipate anyone playing day long tests on it.
Finally the app that has to be top of batting order is Virtual Cricket with Push Notifications. The clue to it’s appeal is in its name. This is the o