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    Something that may need looking at here. Seems to be a lot of occasions where the AI will choose a batsman to bowl before or instead of a bowler. In one game, Hartley was no.11 for Lancs and did not bowl a ball in either innings. Bohannan, Croft and Jones bowled a good 30 overs between them in one innings. This just seems a bit odd? He hadn't retired hurt or anything like that either. I've also noticed Miles at Warwickshire rarely bowls either with Sam Hain coming on to bowl instead.

    While I'm here. The change where AI's don't necessarily enforce the follow on is great but it's a little flawed as there is little game awareness to it. For instance, in a test match, Australia racked up 600 against Afghanistan before bowling them out for 80 odd in under 20 overs. Now, in that situation, you'd just stick them back in wouldn't you as your bowlers aren't going to be tired. But Aus went back in, scored another 250-300 and ended up winning the game by 600 odd runs which is a margin you just don't really see.

    I like how FC games seem to peter out into draws on the last day a lot more. I like the realism there. In previous versions, day 4/5 has always seen gun-ho tactics from the batting side regardless of situation.

    Is there any chance that bowlers could bowl longer lasting bowling spells? A spinner should be able to bowl unchanged through an entire session for instance without needing to be rested.

    Love the game. Looking forward to the resumption of the two divisions for next years edition.
    Last edited by Don73; 11-13-2021, 06:55 PM.

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    Originally posted by Don73 View Post
    Something that may need looking at here. Seems to be a lot of occasions where the AI will choose a batsman to bowl before or instead of a bowler. In one game, Hartley was no.11 for Lancs and did not bowl a ball in either innings. Bohannan, Croft and Jones bowled a good 30 overs between them in one innings. This just seems a bit odd? He hadn't retired hurt or anything like that either. I've also noticed Miles at Warwickshire rarely bowls either with Sam Hain coming on to bowl instead.

    While I'm here. The change where AI's don't necessarily enforce the follow on is great but it's a little flawed as there is little game awareness to it. For instance, in a test match, Australia racked up 600 against Afghanistan before bowling them out for 80 odd in under 20 overs. Now, in that situation, you'd just stick them back in wouldn't you as your bowlers aren't going to be tired. But Aus went back in, scored another 250-300 and ended up winning the game by 600 odd runs which is a margin you just don't really see.

    I like how FC games seem to peter out into draws on the last day a lot more. I like the realism there. In previous versions, day 4/5 has always seen gun-ho tactics from the batting side regardless of situation.

    Is there any chance that bowlers could bowl longer lasting bowling spells? A spinner should be able to bowl unchanged through an entire session for instance without needing to be rested.

    Love the game. Looking forward to the resumption of the two divisions for next years edition.
    The bowlers problem has been around for a long time. England in the early 70s used to have a 3/2 mix eg Snow, Ward, Shuttleworth/ Illingworth, Underwood. The computer will bowl a batsman like Boycott before the third paceman even when he is number 11 in the order.

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