6. PlayersClearly your club's most important asset, you must have a minimum of fourteen (14) players in your squad at all times. Each player has seven main skills that determine their ability. They are:
Stamina - A players stamina is arguably his most important attribute. As a game goes on, players will tire. No matter how high his stamina skill, he will experience some reduction in his performance, but the extent to which his tiring is going to affect his performance will depend totally on his stamina. The higher the players stamina, the lower the tiring effect.
Not only does stamina have an effect on a players performance during a game, but also his recovery off the pitch. Players with higher levels of stamina will be able to carry more workload before their Personal Fitness Level (PFL - discussed further on) drops, and their PFL will also recover quicker.
There is a limit to how high a players stamina can be though. Once he reaches the maximum level of stamina (superb*), no matter how hard he trains at his fitness, it will never go higher. There are limits to human performance!
Batting - Important for all players that are going to bat. This is the primary skill for determining a batsman's overall skill.
Bowling - Important for all players that are going to bowl. This is the primary skill for determining a bowler's overall skill.
Wicket Keeping - This skill is important for wicket keepers only. It will help to have a good wicket keeper as he will tend to hold on to a lot of chances for catches and make more stumpings. He will also be responsible for keeping byes and leg-byes down to a minimum. It is not the only skill that decides how well a player performs behind the stumps however.
Concentration - This is an important skill for batsmen. The importance of this will be larger for First Class games than for one day games, although it is valuable in both forms of the game. A batsman may be very well endowed in batting skill, but if he can't concentrate then he is likely to make a silly mistake and get out earlier than he would have otherwise. It also has an effect on an individual's fielding and wicketkeeping ability; you need to stay alert in the field or risk missing that chance for a catch!
Consistency - This is an important skill for bowlers. The importance of this is larger for First Class games than for one day games, although it is valuable in both forms of the game. A bowler may have a great amount of bowling skill, but if he can't consistently put the ball in the same areas then he is likely to find himself disappearing to all areas of the park more often than he otherwise would. It also has an effect on a player's ability to field and keep wicket; the more consistent the individual, the more likely they are to hold their catches and save runs.
Fielding - Important for all your players. They do say that catches win matches, and if your team's fielding is not up to scratch, then you will not catch those catches. It also has a small effect on a players WK ability. As has been mentioned above however, this is not the lone skill in determining a players fielding ability.
All of these abilities can be improved by giving your player individual training. As in real life, generally you will see your younger players improving their skills faster than older ones, although there are two exceptions (concentration and consistency). Read the Nets section to find out more about this.
There are also other aspects to your players that you need to pay attention to:
Preferences and Traits - In addition to the main skills that all players have, some players have special abilities that set them apart from the rest. A full list of these preferences and traits can be found here.
Age - As a player gets older he finds it more and more difficult to improve in the physical skills, although their increased maturity does aid them in improving their psychological skills (concentration and consistency).
Players all age on the same day, at the very start of the new season before the first training session.
Ultimately a veteran player will struggle to maintain his physical performance and you will see his stamina and skills fall away. However, while youth can be a blessing, age does bring...
Experience - An inexperienced player will not know what to do in certain situations (eg hog the strike with a better batsman left at the other end) and may well make stupid mistakes that a more seasoned player would not. An experienced captain is a particularly valuable commodity.
Aggression - This gives an indication of what is the player's natural approach to playing. The more aggressive a player, the more likely he is to score runs quickly as a batsman, but he will be more likely to get out. For a bowler, he is more likely to get wickets, but also more likely to be expensive. This can be tempered by individual orders though.
Leadership - An important skill for your captain only. He will have various decisions to make throughout a game, and may have to lift a depressed side when things are not going well. This combined with his experience will determine how effective he is as a captain. The highest level of leadership a player can possess is superb.
Form - A sad fact of life is that players go in and out of form. The same is true in Battrick. However you can help a player's chance of improving or maintaining their form in two ways.
Firstly an individual playing regularly will have a better chance of staying in touch than a player who merely carries the drinks and loses the feel of being out in the middle. Equally a player who is receiving coaching in a net session has a better chance of increasing his form. A player's form has a significant impact on his performance. You may be better off picking a worse batsman who is in better form than your star player who is in worse form.
Form is split into Batting and Bowling to show how a player's form can fluctuate in each discipline. A player's wicket keeping ability is affected by his bowling form.
Personal Fitness Level (PFL) - While there are no injuries in BT per se, you cannot continually play an individual non-stop without him feeling some effects on his body. An individual's PFL has a major effect on his performance and is lost during his exertions both on and off the field.
Factors involved in a player's loss of PFL are:
- The amount of matches a player plays, and their type. FC Games, due to their length, will have the largest effect, while friendlies have no effect.
- The player's level of involvement in a game; a player who bowls a large number of overs and/or plays a long innings will use more of their fitness reserves than his team-mate who loses his wicket cheaply and fields without bowling.
- The number of net sessions a player is receiving.
At the lowest levels of PFL a player will be barely able to perform.