I take it you have your own bat. How much did that cost?
Well, in my kit bag I have
2 cricket bats ($700.00)
Batting gloves, 2 pairs ($100.00)
Leg guards ($100.00)
Shoes spiked for turf pitches ($130.00)
Hip and thigh guard ($70.00)
Bat Gripping cone (15.00)
1 Quality cricket ball ($45.00)
For a Total cost of $1225.00
Then we come to the clothes,
Club One-day shirt ($40.00)
Club 2-day shirt (40.00)
2 pairs of white/cream pants ($80.00)
Club Cap ($15.00)
For a Total cost of $175.00
But, my point is that all the above equipment can, if cared for properly last 3-5 years before requiring replacement
Which the total cost, spread over the five years of expected life is about $280.00 Which I believe would be equivalent to many sports in terms of equipment cost.
But the problem is, whilst any cricketer acquires this as they go through the junior system, during that time they are only paying $150.00 MAX in associated playing fees.
But that extra cost in player fees associated with grade Cricket is the killer to many a cricketer's aspirations as the financial realities hit home.
But back onto the topic of the Ashes
I for one am very glad that Steven Smith has been able to score his maiden ton in test cricket, when he debut he was picked for the wrong reasons, and as a result, failed, then for the tour of India just past I was not a fan of his selection in the squad, but the runs he made over there caused me to change my mind, and I now look forward to watching him score countless runs if he is not a victim of the selectors mauling, as so many have been before, and indeed, he almost was.
And Shane Watson, think about his previous performances in this series, in every single inning, his technique has improved in one area or another, and I hope that this inning is a thing that will become commonplace.
as for the bowling, well Ryan Harris has done exactly what everyone knew he could, and in partnership with Siddle, make our pace bowling stocks better than England, it is therefore a shame that we have now lost Pattinson and Bird to injury.
I suspect that this game will be decided on day five, morning session.