THE ASHES urn was not the only slightly dog-eared relic that attracted attention during England’s Test series win against Australia.
The tatty armguard worn by Chris Rogers, the Australia opener, was such a talking point it even had its own Twitter account.
Off-white in colour and frayed around the edges, it looked as though Rogers had been wearing it since he batted for North Devon in the Devon League in the Nineties. So just how old is the armguard?
Rogers told the North Devon Journal: “It’s not that old – only about two or three years.
“I had one before for about 10 years. That was a real special one.”
So has he grown a superstitious attachment to it? Apparently not.
“I’m not going to bat without my armguard only because I don’t want my arm to get broken,” said Rogers.
“It’s just one of those things, your arms get so sweaty and it quickly deteriorates.
“Some people have said I should get a new one but it’s not a catwalk out there. You’re out there to do a job.”
Shielded by his trusty armguard, Rogers scored 367 runs in the series and struck his maiden Test century in the match at Chester-le-Street.
Read Chris Rogers on the Overton twins in today's North Devon Journal and at www.northdevonjournal.co.uk
Tomorrow: Chris Rogers on the Ashes, playing in England ... and the North Devon Link Road.