Might be worth compiling a little database of tricks to avert those depressing 1-wicket defeats. Feel free to contribute yours!
Playing ICC 2009 (don't like 2012 because they binned the Pro League), chugging into 2015 with Northants (had a 2030 campaign with Derbyshire but the save file got corrupted).
- RF/LF bowlers - unless in absolutely gun form - tend to get smashed bowling simple line and length. I usually tell mine to bowl short unless back-foot specialists are at the crease.
- Always have two spinners on hand. Playing four quicks will get at least one of them injured if the oppo bats for 100+ overs, and spinners are overpowered anyway.
- Tend to change up length for wickets in FC games, change line to dry up runs in ODs
- Over-invest in youth and coaching for a couple seasons (if you can stand copping a middling season with your 1st XI) and then leave them learning bowling and batting technique for 5 or 6 seasons while languishing in the 2nds. Makes them hungry. Especially effective with 18 year olds.
- An 18 year old youth player with an asking price of 29,000 is generally going to be a freak.
- Phil Hughes.
- Don't be afraid to bat uber-defensively with your top order. Great for getting out-of-form batsmen back into it.
- Spinners wickets seem to work quite well for quicks as well.
- If your players get selected for England, they may as well never exist in your side again as you'll get them for half a season at best if they do IPL and Test tours. Have direct replacements on hand.
- A keeper/opening batsman regen player gives you a lot of flexibility when balancing a batting/bowling line-up.