It may not even be close to Christmas yet, but the Ashes already feels as though it may be over as a spectacle. With the team already 2-0 down, with trouble at the top of the order, a number 3 out of form, an injured spin bowler and a pace attack not taking 20 wickets regularly enough, it feels as though trouble is beginning to mount.
Batsmen have undoubtedly been the stars of this Ashes series thus far. From Steve Smith’s century in the first game to Shaun Marsh’s selection vindicating hundred in the second. The batsmen, and their bats, have been the stars of the show. Let’s take a look at what they’re using.
Joe Root: New Balance
Joe Root first signed with New Balance back in 2015, alongside Ben Stokes who has since been dropped by the sponsor. Not only has his batting improved immeasurably since then, but his bank balance has seen an improvement, too. His deal with New Balance is rumoured to be worth around £200,000 per year after he ditched GM.
Built for modern and stylish batsmen, New Balance are a new company making waves. Root uses the TC collection, which is designed for all-round stroke play.
Jonny Bairstow: Unassigned
Unusually, on the grandest cricketing stage of them all, Jonny Bairstow (arguably England’s second-best batsmen) is currently playing without a sponsor on his blade. He split with Adidas just before England departed for their tour down under. Fortunately for them, Bairstow has had a quiet start to the series (at least on the field). But, if he makes a ton in the third test, there’s sure to be a number of high profile sponsors queuing up for his signature.
Steve Smith: New Balance
Aussie captain Steve Smith is another proud member of Team New Balance, signing with them in 2014 when he switched from Slazenger. It’s certainly a move that has suited both parties, with Smith currently the number one Test batsmen in the world and New Balance seeing their bat stickers raised regularly on the global stage. Let’s not forget, this happened as recently as the first Test match of the series.
David Warner: Gray Nicolls
A man who has never been scared to buck the trend, Aussie opener David Warner opts for the Gray Nicolls ‘Kaboom’. Designed specifically for explosive hitters, it features what Gray Nicolls call a “dangerously large profile” intended to help clear any boundary. Plus, with an imposing edge profile, you may find that even those pesky edges fly over the slips.
Nowadays, it may not be simple to bat like the stars, but it is easy to look like them. With online retailers such as Talent Cricket offering all these makes, you can model your style on your favourite player.
Although you may have to hit the nets pretty hard to replicate the shots!