Reviews ReviewsRSS FeedFeeds

Card game review

Ashes Top Trumps

Jenny Thompson

Text size: A | A



Freddie - tops © Top Trumps
Enlarge

Since England won the Ashes this year - oh, hadn't you noticed? - there's been the inevitable rush of bandwagon jumping: by new fans (welcome!), by publishers and by marketing types, to name just a few.

Some products have been trite, some have been trashy but some have really come up trumps. Not least Top Trumps - well, with a name like that, what did you expect? - who have just brought out an Ashes special edition of their much-loved and much-frustrating game.

We should come clean at this point and admit that Cricinfo had a hand in providing the numerical data and the player profiles so we won't wax lyrical about the marvellous stattage and the lovingly crafted thumbnail sketches, because that just wouldn't do. However, stats boffins (you know who you are) may like to know that the backs of the cards contain partial scorecards that, when laid out, create the whole of the Test series number by wondrous number. Wit woo.

All the 2005 players are represented for both teams, with Boycs, Beefy, Athers and Greig included for England. The Aussies have Richie Benaud as their extra man; having been feted everywhere else, bless him, he may as well be immortalised in cardboard, too. Quite right.

There are six categories - year born, highest score, wickets, catches, Ashes impact and Test appearances - and, as ever, the skill lies in deciding which field to suggest, unless you're up against Shane Warne, say, who will always be a menace whatever you throw at him. Hours of Beefy v Freddie duels are up for grabs, too.

In short, these cards are sexy, sassy - and should be in your stocking.

Buy it now

Jenny Thompson is assistant editor of Cricinfo

RSS Feeds: Jenny Roesler

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

FeedbackTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Jenny RoeslerClose

    'The key to Ishant's success will be length'

Ajit Agarkar and Aakash Chopra assess: Ishant Sharma and
Peter Siddle

The best commentator on TV

The Cricket Monthly: Cricket brings the drama through its narrators' tones. Our panelists pick five of their favourites
Download the app: for iPads | for Android tablets

    Love before first sight

My Favourite Cricketer: First-class batsman Yere Goud caught a 13-year-old's attention with his unusual name and news-making runs. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

    Every innings is an act of courage

Simon Barnes: Phillip Hughes' death was desperately unlucky, and it came in the courageous pursuit of sporting excellence

Why cricket needs women's Tests

Raf Nicholson: Apart from the fact that they are exciting, intense encounters, getting rid of them will only spell doom for the format itself

News | Features Last 7 days

Phillip Hughes: Gone too soon

The cricket world reacts to the passing away of Phillip Hughes

Phillip Hughes: Country kid who moved a nation

Likeable, hard-working and skilful, it was a matter of time before Phillip Hughes cemented his spot in the Australian Test team. Then, improbably and inconsolably, his time ran out

Hope for Hughes, feel for Abbott

It is impossible to imagine how Sean Abbott must feel after sending down that bouncer to Phillip Hughes. While the cricket world hopes for Hughes' recovery, it should also ensure Abbott is supported

November games need November prices

An early start to the international season, coupled with costly tickets, have kept the Australian public away from the cricket

#putoutyourbats

People across the world paid tribute to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on November 27, by putting out their bats

News | Features Last 7 days