Ashes series players’ ratings

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    England's Graeme Swann holds the Ashes trophy as he celebrates with team mates after the presentation at the end of the final day of the fifth Ashes cricket Test match (AFP Photo / Anthony Devlin)

    Now that the dust has settled and the Oval wicket has dried out and been hosed down hopefully, it’s time to reflect on what each player brought to the occasion.

    Let’s start with England.

    Alastair Cook: 3/10
    Having been part of the selection process for a rookie opener alongside him, Cook needed to lead from the front and he failed to do so, averaging a miserable 27.7. He was also outshone by Michael Clarke in the field and looked a long way short of the batsman that dominated Australia last time around. Much room for improvement.

    Joe Root: 4/10
    Tough to judge Root as his huge score at Lords distorted his numbers hugely. Nevertheless, he did achieve that one big ton but failed abjectly otherwise. His batting position will give the selectors much thought.

    Jonathan Trott: 4/10
    Another English batsmen that failed to average even 30. Trott had cemented himself previously as one of the most reliable No. 3 batsmen in Test cricket. He quickly needs to re-find his form for England down under if they are to prevail.

    Kevin Pietersen: 6/10
    A ‘nearly’ series for KP who often threatened to take over proceedings but somehow kept falling a little short. He remains the batsman that frightens the opposition the most and, at times, showed a new found maturity. Looked close to ‘clicking’ again.

    Ian Bell: 9/10
    Most pundits’ man of the series with an average in excess of 62 dominating a summer of low-ish scoring. Bell played with authority and class and, most importantly, did it when it mattered. A high class series.

    Johnny Bairstow: 2/10
    A fairly hopeless effort from a player that England have such high hopes for. He was horribly bogged down in the main and looked like a man just waiting to get out. Faces an anxious wait before the touring squad is named.

    Matthew Prior: 3/10
    Abject performance with the bat from the Wisden cricketer of the year. Glove work was patchy at times and some over zealousness with the DRS system also. Prior needs to get his head down and regain his form quickly.

    Stuart Broad: 8/10
    A little inconsistent at times but Broad is a match winner and provides good support with the bat also. Will be key for England in the return series.

    Tim Bresnan: 7/10
    Didn’t have a huge opportunity to shine but did what was required when asked of him. Always a good honest performer who never hides.

    Graeme Swann: 8/10
    26 wickets for England’s premier spinner. Spin remains the one true area where England can claim to hold a trump card over Australia in the shape of Swann. England need to keep him fit.

    James Anderson: 7/10
    Patchy series from Anderson who started well and finished well but looked a little low on energy levels in between. He remains a potent weapon, however, and England will be sure to make sure he is well rested before heading to Brisbane.

    And now for the chaps in the baggy greens.

    Chris Rogers: 8/10
    An excellent series for Rogers, who offered stability and calm at the top of the order. Rogers has come to Test cricket late in life, but he definitely made up for lost time.

    David Warner: 4/10
    Tough to call Warner as his pugilist exploits left him out of the opening matches; however, it was his own fault he couldn’t contribute. Definitely added to the team on his return and will be an important player in the series to come. Disappointing average however.

    Shane Watson: 6/10
    Finished the series with a wonderful ton, but unfortunately in an effectively meaningless match. Watson’s economy rate with the ball and sheer number of maidens were important in frustrating the opposition batsmen. A genuine all rounder.

    Usman Kawaja: 3/10
    Doesn’t seem to have the authority or the class to solve Australia’s No. 3 conundrum.

    Phil Hughes: 4/10
    Another player who is tough to mark properly as he was jettisoned after just two Tests.

    Michael Clarke: 7/10
    An average of just over 47, but it almost felt like a case of ‘what if’ as one was left feeling that he could have scored many more runs. Clarke was also hugely positive in the field, coaxing the very best out of his bowlers. Definitely has the captaincy edge over Alastair Cook. A good series.

    Steve Smith: 6/10
    Seemed to grow in stature throughout the series and will look to contribute fully from the start Down Under. Not always aesthetically pleasing, but a good competitor and finished with a wonderful hundred.

    Brad Haddin: 7/10
    A solid performance from Haddin. His average of just under 23 didn’t reflect some selfless batting while trying to push the score on. Excellent glove work saw him comfortably outshine Matt Prior.

    Peter Siddle: 6/10
    Plenty of heart and effort as usual from Siddle, but found it hard at times to make a real impact. Will, however, be a shoe-in for the return series.

    Ryan Harris: 8.5/10
    Missed out on the first Test, but was Australia’s standout performer thereafter with a constant stream of wickets. Managed runs with the bat also. Australia will be hoping that his hamstring injury heals quickly. Challenged Bell for man of the series.

    Mitchell Starc: 6/10
    In and out of the team and showed glimpses of his talent, but needs more consistency.

    Nathan Lyon: 7/10
    Bizarrely left out initially, Lyon came back into the series firmly. Whilst Lyon will never be a prolific wicket taker, he asked plenty of questions and bowled with control. He needs to be played from the outset in the return series.

    James Pattinson: 6/10
    Only two Tests and didn’t do a lot wrong. Like Starc, he would possibly benefit from a longer run in the team.

    Ashton Agar: 5/10
    His famous 98 with the bat aside, Agar’s contribution with the ball – what he is there for – was lacking and he needs much more work before he can be considered a true Test bowler.

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    • September 1st 2013 @ 3:24am
      Fry said | September 1st 2013 @ 3:24am | ! Report

      Reckon Smith was worth more than that. Siddle aswell.

    • September 1st 2013 @ 4:22am
      MervUK said | September 1st 2013 @ 4:22am | ! Report

      Some dodgy biased ratings here, how have joe root and alastair cook got lower marks than Phil Hughes and ashton agar for one…the former essentially won the second test at lords, and cook captained a side that won 3-0

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 10:35am
        Scott Pryde said | September 1st 2013 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        Cook didnt captain the team to a 3-0 win! He captained the test series to boredom!

        • September 1st 2013 @ 10:58am
          Vivek said | September 1st 2013 @ 10:58am | ! Report

          Generally fair rankings but 2 points. Firstly you missed Cowan’s ranking. Secondly Khawaja top scored at Lords, got a howler at Manchester and failed at Durham but its a bit early to say he won’t make it at 3. I predict a big one from him in the home ashes assuming he can get some early shield runs. And i was dissapointed Bird didn’t get a go early on in the series as he would have build on his confidence from the SCG test and done well.I also predict a big home ashes series for him too. Also i am a fan of Hughes but keep in mind he had a failed series in India before this which included 4 tests in a row for him so hard to see him getting a 4.. Hopefully he bounces back in the home series too.

          • September 1st 2013 @ 1:18pm
            Rob Barrow said | September 1st 2013 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

            Good points Vivek, i think Cowan would not have got a high score so not worth talking about, as for your comment i generally agree that we must stick and pick with our young batsman, and Smith, Khawaja, Warner all fall into this category, sure if after 2 ashes series they haven’t found their feat its time to move on but i am sure the likes of Warner, Hughes, Khawaja will get their chances in the home ashes series as well based on solid shield performance earlier in the season, i like what Khawaja did at Lords and hopefully he kicks on with a big score in the home summer.

            • September 1st 2013 @ 2:08pm
              Praveen said | September 1st 2013 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

              Rob and vivek my list of batsman to watch out in shield are Warner, khawaja and burns

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 11:48am
        Steven McBain said | September 1st 2013 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        Merv can assure you it is not biased, I’m an England fan. Where they may have suffered in comparison is I thought several of the players are far better than their Aussie counterparts and so I think they underperformed relatively. You maybe also try too hard to be balanced knowing your audience is in Oz!

        I thought Root (hundred aside), Cook, Trott and Prior had horrible series I really do. Australia gifted England two tests with England playing poorly also other than Jimmy Anderson and the other bowlers playing within themselves. England’s bowlers won it for them in bursts but overall I think many of the England players will be thinking ‘I can play a lot better than that’. Impossible for everyone to agree on these ones though………….

    • September 1st 2013 @ 4:57am
      Ian said | September 1st 2013 @ 4:57am | ! Report

      Steve Smith was tha Aussie “find” of the series. Definitely better than the 6 rating.

    • September 1st 2013 @ 5:37am
      Tom said | September 1st 2013 @ 5:37am | ! Report

      Sorry cant agree with you having Haddin rated better than Steve Smith.

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 11:48am
        Steven McBain said | September 1st 2013 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        I marked Smith down a bit as I gave less relevance to the performances at the Oval as the series decided. Take your point though.

        • Roar Guru

          September 2nd 2013 @ 7:01pm
          Jack Smith said | September 2nd 2013 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

          Least he performed. Smith was easily the 3rd best batsmen, behind Rogers and Clarke – who played amazingly. Think Haddin had one good one, think it was the first one with the bat?

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 4:46pm
        JGK said | September 1st 2013 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

        Agree. Haddins batting was terrible in this series. Had opportunities to step up and possibly win 2 tests but failed.

    • September 1st 2013 @ 9:12am
      Onlooker said | September 1st 2013 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      England average 5.54, Australia average 5.96, but England won 3-0. So according to this Australian players were better. I guess the whole is not equal to the sum of its parts.

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 11:49am
        Steven McBain said | September 1st 2013 @ 11:49am | ! Report

        That did occur to me but I think that many England players underperformed dreadfully versus their capabilities, so it’s a case of ‘could have done much better’.

    • September 1st 2013 @ 9:17am
      James P said | September 1st 2013 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      Ratings for Australia are too high. If 5 is a pass mark, then Pattinsons 7 wickets at over 40 and Agars 2 wickets at over 100 really are not passes

      • Roar Guru

        September 1st 2013 @ 11:50am
        Steven McBain said | September 1st 2013 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        Yeah fair point James P. I did give Agar some credit for the 98, it was pretty special! Not a bowling stat though granted.

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