Wow! Another person who likes Cricket! Brilliant!
It does have a training mode, sort of. There's batting practice (which I think flags LBWs, more on those in a bit), fielding practice (which is really simple: run up to the ball, and decide if you throw it to the bowler, wicket keeper, or attempt to hit one of the wickets), and bowling practice (which is, as I will mention later, a bit complicated) which give you the idea of how to play those positions. Most of the rules exposition is through text, which isn't quite as nice as some games which have a spoken-word tutorial (plus it was made by Australians, and Aussie accents are fun to listen to). You can pick up most of the rules by playing, or by finding matches on YouTube (I saw a particularly good one between New Zealand and India where India came back for a surprise win), but some are a little harder to notice unless you've read the rules (e.g. Leg Before Wicket or LBW: When you disturb the path of the ball with something other than the bat when it would have hit the wicket).
If you want a primer, there's an Australian physicist who wrote a really good set of pages on the rules
. If you already know the rules to Baseball, he wrote a very good contrast
of the two sports.
I do have a few criticisms of this game, however. The batting and bowling mechanics, while good, sometimes act a little weird. Bowling is not terribly intuitive to pick up, and took me close to an hour to really "get" it. It's a matter of timing (and if you're playing with a 360 controller on PC or on a console, which I recommend) and somewhat unusual stick manipulation. For instance, Left stick hold in a direction until an arrow is inside a timing box, then press a (or another button) and then when a second arrow is inside another timing box, press right stick forward to release the ball. There are several youtube videos out there explaining it if you get stuck.
I'm gonna have to pull out my copy this evening, and check the training modes and see if there is a first-person option for everything. I'm pretty sure you can go first person for batting, but not too sure about bowling or fielding. Even if there isn't, it's hands-down the finest Cricket video game I've played. If you like Cricket, you'll like this one. Unfortunately, it is fairly hard to come by here in the states, or retails for around $50-60, even though it came out last year. I think it's worth it, but if you (hypothetical reader who may not like Cricket) don't know if you like Cricket, watch a few matches before deciding.