Cricket Australia recently announced the launch of a fully-fledged Ashes cricket game in association with the gaming studio Big Ant. The game is set to be released in the month of November that will have both men’s and women’s Australian cricket teams.
To capture the playing styles of various cricketers, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was asked to imitate different players. His movements were recorded by a complex process that would be implemented in the game to increase the player likeliness.
Cricket Australia’s official Twitter handle posted a video in which Maxwell can be seen enacting players. He began by imitating Peter Handscomb who has a pretty unique batting style. Handscomb dabs the crease with an angled bat as the bowler approaches which Maxwell showed perfectly.
Then, he moved to his skipper Steve Smith’s batting actions where he showed the defensive shot, pull shot and leave with a bit of mouthful. His next few moves included Tillakaratne Dilshan’s ‘Dil Scoop’, Sanath Jayasuriya’s famous cut shot over point and Virender Sehwag’s cut through the off side.
The hard-hitting batsman was doing a pretty fine job until that point. Then, he started imitating Ravindra Jadeja’s sword celebration after the Indian brings up a half-century. Jadeja is fond of swords and that’s why he does the action perfectly but when Maxwell tried his hands at that, he failed as the bat fell off from his hand.
Glenn Maxwell carried on to enact Australia’s legendary opening combination of Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden. The perfect imitation of a handful of players by the 28-year-old showed that he keeps a keen eye on the techniques and gestures of plenty of cricketers.
Earlier a video was released which showed the promo of the game. It featured Mitchell Starc bowling to an English batsman. The game looks quite interesting and we know one thing for sure that Maxwell had a big role in the making of it.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 18, 2017