Originally Posted by Hurricane
Question is a players ability completely related to their registration. Or is their some random component where two batsman who rated themselves as being 100 could have different abilities.
Their "inherent ability" as entered in the database is the same. However, two batsmen rated 100 will end up developing significantly different statistics in the sim. Think of it as similar to "Potential Ability" in Football Manager, where a player might have a PA of 200 but only ever accomplish a Current Ability of 150. The optimisation of an individual player's potential is mainly dependant upon the characteristics given to him at registration, the suitability of those characteristics to situations that arise throughout a career, the form and roles the player develops in his career, and their captain selecting him appropriately. In that sense it is a very organic player development and the end result is, no, the output of two players with the same rating will not subsequently be the same.