With Australia on the ropes and everything to play for in tonight’s fourth Ashes test at Trent Bridge, no doubt the Aussie selectors are frantically busy trying to work out the best team for the job.
To help them along, financial comparison site finder.com.au has analysed the performance of the Australian team so far to work out which players represent the best value for Cricket Australia.
And although each player receives the same $14,000 match fee for every test they play, some certainly earn it more than others.
Chris Rodgers is the pick of the batsmen, with his 385 runs costing just $109 each, although Steve Smith is chomping at his heels with 354 runs at $119 per run.
As for the bowlers, the best value Aussie on the field was Josh Hazelwood, who was paid $3,000 per wicket after accounting for 14 English scalps.
And perhaps surprisingly, Australia’s most renowned wicket taker Mitchell Johnson was the most expensive player at $4,200 per wicket, with a total of 10 over the first three tests.
It will be interesting to see how these figures shift after the fourth test is said and done. Hopefully someone is about to step up and keep Australia in the running to win the series and retain the Ashes.
We know one thing… We can’t wait. Go Australia!