Australian cricket player salaries: Are they worth it?

Richard Laycock 6 August 2015 NEWS

Ashes cricket team burn down the bank.


Ever thought sport stars are overpaid? You look at the salaries of those in the Premier League, the NBA or NFL and inevitably think to yourself, "Jeez, that's a bit rich." Before you throw stones across international waters, you might want to consider that some of those valiant men we've sent Across The Pond for the Ashes this year have been earning upwards of $1,000 per run. That's a lot of Pimm's Cup.

Which Australian cricket team members are worth it?

To mark the beginning of the fourth Ashes Test in the 2016 series, and Australia’s final chance to hang on in the series, we decided to calculate who is Australia’s best value player. We've assumed a match fee of $14,000 per game for these calculations.

Chris Rogers is Australia’s best value batsman, costing $109 per run and clocking up the most runs for Australia so far – a total of 385. Steve Smith was a close second at $119 for each of his 354 runs.

The most expensive batsman was all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who cost a huge $622 per run after being bowled out for a duck and 6 in his last two innings during the third test.Australian Batsmen

When it comes to bowlers, Josh Hazelwood is the best value player on the pitch, earning himself $3,000 per wicket (14 wickets so far).

Mitchell Johnson is the most expensive player, costing an average of $4,200 per wicket (10 this series).Bowlers

If the Aussies can turn it around in this test and then the series, there will be more wickets, runs and possibly bonuses to consider. will reveal who is the best value player over the whole series.

Australian player Role Tests played Total match fee Runs Wickets Fee per run Fee per wicket
Chris Rogers Batsman 3 $42,000 385 $109
Steve Smith Batsman 3 $42,000 354 $119
David Warner Batsman 3 $42,000 269 $156
Michael Clarke Batsman 3 $42,000 94 $447
Adam Voges Batsman 3 $42,000 73 $575
Mitchell Marsh All-rounder 2 $28,000 45 3 $622 $9,333
Peter Nevill Wicket keeper 2 $28,000 76 $368
Mitchell Johnson Bowler 3 $42,000 108 10 $389 $4,200
Mitchell Starc Bowler 3 $42,000 98 12 $429 $3,500
Josh Hazlewood Bowler 3 $42,000 41 14 $1,024 $3,000
Nathan Lyon Bowler 3 $42,000 29 12 $1,448 $3,500
Brad Haddin Batsman/WK 1 $14,000 29 $483
Shane Watson All-rounder 1 $14,000 49 $286

Source: analysis, based on a $14,000 match fee, ESPN scores

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