Brian Lara Cricket to be resurrected on PS2 With the ICC Champions Trophy just getting underway over in England, Codemasters has announced that it has signed a new deal with Brian Lara, the West Indian captain, to headline a return for the renowned cricket video game series. As one of cricket's greatest ever players and one of video gaming's biggest sports icons (for PAL territories, at least), the licence will see Codemasters publish Brian Lara International Cricket for PlayStation 2 in winter 2005. Acclaimed by many as the definitive cricket game series, the new game comes ten years after Codemasters launched the original Brian Lara game and over five years since the series appeared on any platform. Brian Lara International Cricket will deliver all the atmosphere and excitement of major international cricket, in One Day, Tests and Tournaments, and have the perfect balance of gripping gameplay whether batting, bowling or fielding. "It's great to be back working with Codemasters again," said Brian Lara, "I've always been proud of my association with the games I'm often asked if a new one was coming. Codemasters always does a great job in capturing the essence of cricket and I know they've brought me, and the sport in general, a whole lot of new supporters." Historically, when the Brian Lara Cricket series first appeared on Sega Mega Drive (rebranded 'Shane Warne Cricket' in Australia) in May 1995 it was one of the most phenomenal introductions of a sports game series. The initial shipment of Mega Drive cartridges was planned to cover 10 weeks supply, but within 3 days every cartridge produced was sold. With new carts being produced and shipped daily, it went on to become the best-selling video game on any format from July through to September of that year. The series went on to enjoy massive success on PlayStation (PSone) and PC (as 'Shane Warne Cricket '98' in Australia) but the arrival of Brian Lara International Cricket next summer will be the first appearance for the legendary cricket game on current formats. au.PlayStation.com contacted a representative of Atari Australia, Codemasters' local distributor, to find out whether the game will be renamed 'Shane Warne International Cricket' for its Australian release, or perhaps 'Matthew Hayden International Cricket', or even 'Boonie's Bats, Balls and Beers', however they were unable to confirm anything at this time.