Don Bradman Cricket 17 confirmed, demo available on Steam now

The best cricket game you’ve never played (but really, really should) is getting a sequel later this year.

Don Bradman Cricket mightn’t carry the same lustre as the Mega Drive and PlayStation Brian Lara games, but it offers a much, much more authentic round of willow-swinging and wicket-smacking – and its 2014 release is now getting a follow-up.

What’s more, the truly committed among you can experience it right now, via a Steam demo.  

200,000 fan-created players from the first game will all be importable, but those wishing to create their favourite teams – past, present, or fictional – from scratch are promised ‘photo realistic skin tones’ (which seems highly ambitious) and a selection of tattoos.

On the field of play, developer Big Ant says it’ll be possible to alter a host of player roles and mentalities.  

“The first Don Bradman Cricket got us off to a great start, providing players with an authentic, exciting game of cricket that allowed them to feel like they were standing in the middle of the oval, right on the pitch,” says studio CEO Ross Symons. Now, we’re taking that realism further with the advanced new engine we have developed this year.”

Don Bradman Cricket 17 is released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in December 2016.

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Ben Wilson

I'm GamesRadar's sports editor, and obsessed with NFL, WWE, MLB, AEW, and occasionally things that don't have a three-letter acronym – such as Chvrches, Bill Bryson, and Streets Of Rage 4. (All the Streets Of Rage games, actually.) Even after three decades I still have a soft spot for Euro Boss on the Amstrad CPC 464+.