Howzat for tech cricket?

Until now, we’ve had to put up with computerised cricket via gamepad or joystick. Sure, it’s fun, but do you ever get the impression you&#

Until now, we’ve had to put up with computerised cricket via gamepad or joystick. Sure, it’s fun, but do you ever get the impression you’re not quite getting the whole picture? What about a bat? A ball? Is that too much to ask?Clearly it isn’t, since Firebox.com has just released Plug ‘n’ Play Cricket, the most realistic take on electronic bat sports thus far.A Lara, Lara laughsYou take one plastic cricket bat, packed with motion sensors, one plastic cricket ball, again rammed with sensors, and you play out a full game of cricket stationed in front of your telly.You’ll need to have seen cricket being played to master the controls, of course, since you need to physically bowl the ball (without letting go) to tell the game how much spin and speed you’ve put on your delivery. We can recommend most communal sports areas on a summer Sunday to hone your understanding.Batting is easier to master – just hit the ball with it and see the ball spiralling out of the ground for an epic six. That said, the bat also includes ingenious Block and Run keys, so you can steal the odd run here and there without leaving yourself open to a dismal out at the hands of a fielder.You can almost hear the sound of leather on willow.

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Plug ‘n’ Play CricketPrice: £40 On sale: NowContact: Firebox