Exeter Uni Cricket Club win competition to appear on Ashes video game
The University of Exeter Men's Cricket Club (EUCC) are to be immortalised in Cricket history after winning a competition to appear in a new video game.
One lucky club from England and one from Australia were offered the opportunity in a competition started by the video game publisher 505 Games .
Exeter received the most votes and will now appear as a team in the official video game of cricket's oldest ever rivalry, the Ashes.
Exeter beat Oxford Brookes University to first place with some help from Hugh Grant, Gary Linkeker, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne, who all showed their support on Twitter:
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Piers Morgan also got involved in the competition on Twitter showing support for Oxford Brookes.
Club's from across the UK entered and were asked to fill in a 'Why should your team be in the game?' section, EUCC wrote:
"Boasting five teams, a 1st XI in the BUCS Premier League and an invitation to tour Barbados, EUCC is an internationally revered club. Ambassadors for the game, nothing is more important to us than a straight bat and out-swinging ball. Winning would be to us what Cooky is to England."
Photos of the winning team and their home ground will be used by the developers to build the team into the game.
Ashes Cricket 2013, currently in development at Melbourne-based cricket specialists Trickstar Games, promises the most authentic cricket experience to date and boasts exclusive licenses from both The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).