SK Flashback: The greatest Ashes and the greatest cricket video games - Part 2
In the first part of the article, we reminisced about the 2005 npower Ashes series from the Aussie viewpoint. The journey is sweeter along the victor's path, so let us now gallop with Michael Vaughan's victorious bunch as their desperate fight for reclaiming the urn culminated in an unbelievable comeback from behind.
Unlike the Aussie saga, batting heroics heavily feature in the English one, which made it more exciting for the general gaming folk. Adding to that, the tasks are also noticeably simpler.
1st Test (Lord's)
#1 Pietersen to the rescue
The English bowlers did a commendable job in bundling out Aussies for 190 on a wet pitch at the Lord's. But a few overs into their resistance, England have lost half of their lineup to a rampaging Glenn McGrath with just 21 on the board. A shiny-haired debutant Kevin Pietersen is joined by Geraint Jones, the last recognized batsman, as England look cornered. The task is to score 50 runs as Pietersen, without running the other batsman out. This task is a ditto to the first task of Australia saga and is therefore quite easy.
What actually happened: A gutsy partnership between them ensured that England crossed three figures but a lead could not be salvaged. Pietersen chipped in with an invaluable 57 prior to being outfoxed by Shane Warne. One could say, by the sheer grit of the innings, that the lad was destined for great things!