The franchise formerly named after legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara in the UK and current baggy green captain Ricky Ponting in Australia has had a few years' hiatus but is finally ready for a comeback, and just in time for the height of the 2009 cricket season. Codemasters has revealed exclusively to GameSpot UK that it's handed development duties to Melbourne-based Transmission Games, formerly IR Gurus. Transmission was previously responsible for Brian Lara Pressure Play on the PSP, Heroes over the Pacific, and several titles based on Aussie Rules and Gaelic football.
Ashes Cricket 2009, as the game will be known, includes official licences for both the English and Australian international teams and the rights to the Ashes name, courtesy of the Marylebone Cricket Club. The game will release alongside the biennial test match series of the same name. The series is fought biennially, alternating between England and Australia. Dating back to 1883, the series is one of the most contested and oldest in international sport.