Here are the player ratings from the Australian side from the final one-day match of the Sri Lanka series. The list is in order from best to worst, and there are no surprises as to who comes in at number one.
Phil Hughes 257 runs @ 64.25
The leading run scorer of the tournament started and finished with a bang. Hundreds in Melbourne on debut and Hobart were both match-winning performances. However, between centuries there were three failures which emphasised Hughes’ need to find consistency, or else he will find himself condemned to the Marcus North syndrome of all or nothing output.
No coincidence his big scores came in winning efforts, he should be a mainstay in the top three despite Shane Watson’s availability. 8.5/10
Clint McKay 8 wickets @ 21.37
The unofficial leader of the ODI attack, McKay had success with his variety of slower deliveries. Combined with an inspired fielding performance, his 4/33 at the MCG contributed to Sri Lanka’s demise.
Didn’t have many runs to work with in Adelaide or Brisbane, but still managed an early breakthrough in each to give his side hope. 7/10
Mitchell Johnson 7 wickets @ 14.14
Despite his inconsistencies as a Test player, Johnson’s ODI game has remained one of the best in the business. His best performance came in Brisbane when nothing short of a miracle was required; he came mighty close to delivering. Johnson’s 3/11 sent a scare into Sri Lanka’s chase of 74. 6.5/10
Brad Haddin 60 runs @ 60.00
Stood up when his team needed him in Adelaide, contributing a quality half-century after he arrived with the innings in despair at 4/60. Kept tidily in his two appearances, hashing one chance but also taking a one-handed blinder diving to his right. 6/10
David Hussey 128 runs @ 32.00
A blistering 60* in the first match highlighted Hussey’s series. Like his batting counterparts, Hussey was not comfortable against the swinging ball, failing in Brisbane and Sydney. Run out twice in Adelaide and Hobart cost him dearly after making solid starts in both matches.
Look for him to make more of an impact in the upcoming West Indies series. 5.5/10
George Bailey 154 runs @ 30.80
Deserved a hundred in Melbourne but fell 11 short looking to up the ante. Bailey and David Hussey found themselves interchangeable in the batting order, when Clarke was available Hussey would bat at four with Bailey following.
When Bailey was skipper he would bat at four, which seems an ideal position for him given he prefers to build an innings. Marshalled the troops admirably to finish with a 2-1 record. 5.5/10
Mitchell Starc 74 runs, 3 wickets @ 33.00
More notable for his batting than his bowling, Starc made a brilliant half-century in Sydney and top scored in the Brisbane aberration. Could prove more than handy coming in during the final stages of the innings.
Starc wasn’t so influential with ball in hand, hindered by limited opportunity through a washout in Sydney and an un-defendable total in Brisbane. Swung the ball and did look dangerous when he got it right. 5/10
Xavier Doherty 3 wickets @ 32.00
Impact-less with the ball until Hobart where his brilliant spell of 3/21 pegged back the visitors following a promising start. Hung around with Starc in Brisbane to inflate the score marginally. Again, not helped by limited bowling opportunities. 5/10
David Warner 74 runs @ 24.66
Looked confident and composed during his 60 in Sydney, was well on his way to a century only to be robbed by a shocking lbw decision. Warner’s brilliant fielding created many opportunities and saved several runs. 4.5/10
Moises Henriques 14 runs @ 7, 3 wickets @ 13
Ardent Australian cricket supporters have been waiting patiently for Henriques to arrive, and his opportunity came against Sri Lanka following good early season form for New South Wales and the Sydney Sixers.
Like Warner, Henriques received a woeful decision in Sydney, and was probably equally misfortunate to face a near unplayable delivery in Brisbane. Shone in Hobart where he took 3/32, including the wickets of the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan, Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera. 4.5/10
Matthew Wade 62 runs @ 20.66
Helped Australia get the total above 200 in Sydney, but otherwise his batting was nondescript. Concentration behind the stumps has improved immensely since the Test series, looks determined to improve with the gloves. 4/10
Michael Clarke 29 runs @ 14.50
Looked good for his 20 in Sydney but his innings ended all too soon courtesy of Nuwan Kulasekara. Wasted a costly review trying to save himself. 3/10
Ben Cutting 1 wicket @ 42
Handy 27 in Adelaide showed his ability with the bat, took a consolation wicket as Sri Lanka marched to an 8 wicket win. 2/10
Glenn Maxwell 22 runs @ 7.33
No wickets and barely any runs for the Victorian. His major contribution came in the field during the first match, where he brilliantly ran out two batsmen in two deliveries. Essentially another Steve Smith, nonetheless time around the squad will enhance his development. 1.5/10
Kane Richardson 0 wickets
Richardson was impressive with the new ball asking questions of the Sri Lankan batsmen. Bizarrely disqualified from bowling after six overs for repeatedly entering the forbidden danger zone on the pitch.
He will need to rectify this technical problem if he wants to add to his solitary appearance. 1/10
Steve Smith 8 runs @ 8
Only played the one game, in Adelaide. Smith looked to be positive with the bat but fell to an ambitious drive. Leg spin appeared to have improved, like Khawaja should’ve got a few more opportunities to impress. 0.5/10
Aaron Finch 20 runs @ 10
Finch unfortunately wasn’t able to carry his sublime BBL form into the international arena. Appeared reluctant to play any expansive, aggressive shots. 0.5/10
Usman Khawaja 3 runs @ 3
Khawaja ran himself out attempting a single that was never there. He did manage to contribute a sharp run out in his one and only appearance. 0/10