Quick update, having now played all through the tutorials and an innings and a bit of a test match.
The tutorials seem to be a bit more comprehensive than before.
Playing on easy until I get the hang of it, I bowled out the Aussies for 70. Taking wickets seems easier than last time.
As for batting, in the tutorials at least, it seems ridiculously easy to take a couple of steps down the track and smash the spinners for 6. Haven't come up against any spinners in an actual match, so not sure if that's any harder.
Apart from the aforementioned 3rd person view, which I quite like, and and indication of what sort of length you're about to bowl at, which seems to range between bouncer, good, lbw/stumps and yorker and varying colours between red, various shades of green and yellow to show you the "quality" of the delivery you're about to bowl, I'm struggling to see too many differences from last years Ashes game.
Initial impression, unless you really must have the latest version, you'dd probably be better saving £20 odd and getting the Ashes game cheap.
Hopefully, I'll find more changes/updates as I get deeper into the game.
One thing I'd really like, which the EA cricket games always seem to have is a clock telling you what time it is, so you can tell how far away you are from lunch/tea or close of play in a test match, so I can alter tactics accordingly, especially if I lose a wicket 10mins before close of play so I can maybe send in a nightwatchman. As it is, you just get the number of overs, which isn't ideal, if there's been a change of innings, then you have to try and remember how many overs have gone in the previous innings and add it to the current total.