Broad, Woakes and Ali flop: Ashes player ratings

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    Following Australia’s 4-0 thumping of England in the Ashes, here are my player ratings from the five-Test series.

    Australia

    Steve Smith – 10/10
    687 runs at 137 from five Tests

    One of the all-time great Ashes series by a batsman. England were reduced to kooky bowling strategies and field placements from the first Test onwards in a forlorn attempt to reduce his impact.

    Pat Cummins – 9.5/10
    23 wickets at 24, plus 166 runs at 41 from five Tests

    Cummins is now neck-and-neck with South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada as the world’s best Test cricketer aged under 25. As I wrote nine months ago, Cummins is the rarest of Test pacemen – a genuine strike bowler who can physically intimidate batsman while also being frugal.

    To be the lead wicket taker of this series in his first Ashes, while also batting extremely well, is a phenomenal performance.

    Nathan Lyon – 9/10
    21 wickets at 29 from five Tests

    Bowling spin in Australia is a hell of a task, as England’s Moeen Ali and Mason Crane discovered this summer. While that pair combined for six wickets at 128, Lyon took 21 at 29. Beyond his wicket haul, Lyon was extremely frugal, conceding just 2.36 runs per over, which offered tremendous control to his skipper.

    Mitchell Starc – 9/10
    22 wickets at 23 from four Tests

    Starc consistently made breakthroughs at key moments, as he has done for the past three years. When the series was there to be won, in the first three Tests, Starc was dominant, hauling in 19 wickets.

    Josh Hazlewood – 9/10
    21 wickets at 26 from four Tests

    Hazlewood has always been an accurate, consistent and economical bowler. This series he added a generous dose of menace into that mix. Hazlewood has found an extra 5kmh of pace and was regularly just as sharp as Starc and Cummins.

    Shaun Marsh – 9/10
    445 runs at 74 from five Tests

    Marsh was a reassuring presence in the Australian middle order and played crucial knocks under pressure in the first innings of both of the first two Tests, before cashing in with a big ton in Sydney.

    Mitch Marsh – 9/10
    320 runs at 107 from three Tests

    An astonishing return to Test cricket by the burly all-rounder. Has great improved his defence and also his versatility as a Test batsman.

    Tim Paine – 9/10
    192 runs at 48, plus 26 dismissals from five Tests

    It is gobsmacking that just two months ago Paine couldn’t even get a Sheffield Shield game for Tasmania. Now he’s just completed the most impressive series by an Australian Test wicketkeeper since Brad Haddin’s standout effort in the 2013-14 Ashes. Paine kept wonderfully and looked calm and confident every time he batted.

    David Warner – 8/10
    441 runs at 63 from five Tests

    The bullish opener didn’t have a major impact while the series was alive in the first three Tests. But his teammates and coaches would be delighted by the greater patience and maturity he displayed with the blade across the series.

    Australian batsman David Warner

    Usman Khawaja – 4.5/10
    333 runs at 48 from five Tests

    Khawaja returned to form in a big way in the fifth Test as he cracked 171. But he was poor across the first four Tests, averaging just 27 with the bat.

    Cameron Bancroft – 3/10
    179 runs at 26 from five Tests

    Bancroft’s second innings of his Test career was a cracker, making 82* in what easily could have been a tricky chase of 170 in the first Test at Brisbane. Since then, however, he’s had his technique picked apart by the English quicks. It seems unlikely Bancroft will keep his Test place for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

    Peter Handscomb – 2/10
    62 runs at 21 from two Tests

    Like Bancroft, Handscomb’s technique failed him. By the end of his Ashes stint he was batting in a tragically comical fashion, moving all around the crease and attempting to shovel the ball across the line to the leg side.

    Jackson Bird – 1/10
    Zero wickets from one Test

    The tall seamer had comfortably the worst Test of his career at Melbourne, when drafted in as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Starc. Bird bowls at a gentle pace and does not swing the ball much anymore, which means he simply must be accurate to be effective. Normally he is, but at the MCG he wasn’t.

    Jackson Bird celebrates

    England

    Dawid Malan – 8/10
    383 runs at 43 from five Tests

    Unlike batting colleagues Joe Root and Alastair Cook, Malan flourished while the series was still alive. With a solid technique, good range of shots and most importantly a great temperament, Malan has the makings of a long-term player for England.

    Jonny Bairstow – 7/10
    306 runs at 34, plus 11 dismissals from five Tests

    Bairstow had a flat end to the series, but I give far more weight to performances in the first three Tests, when the series was on the line, and Bairstow was one of the few Englishmen who stood up in this time. His 119 at Perth was a fantastic knock and his keeping was decent across the whole series.

    James Anderson – 7/10
    17 wickets at 28 from five Tests

    Anderson earned new admirers in Australia thanks to his persistence across five Tests on some dead tracks. But in the end he has to be judged more heavily on his results than his effort and, similar to Root and Cook, when the series was there to be won, Anderson’s influence was minimal. He took just 3-151 across Australia’s first three innings of the series and, by the time he grabbed a five-wicket haul, in the second innings at Adelaide, the hosts were already miles ahead in the Test.

    It was a similar story at Perth, where he went wicketless as the Aussies cantered to 550, before grabbing four cheap wickets as they sprinted towards a declaration.

    England's bowler James Anderson grimaces in frustration

    Craig Overton – 6.5/10
    Six wickets at 38 from two Tests

    Similar to Mark Stoneman and Tom Curran, Overton showed great spirit in his limited appearances. The 23-year-old did not look overawed, whether bowling or batting. He also revealed significant talent in both departments. England should invest heavily in him.

    Joe Root – 5/10
    378 runs at 47 from five Tests

    The most important stat regarding Root is this: when the Ashes were up for grabs, he flopped, averaging just 29 with the bat across the first three Tests. His three consecutive fifties over the final two Tests was a case of too little, too late.

    Alastair Cook – 4/10
    376 runs at 47 from five Tests

    The former English skipper had yet another forgettable Ashes, his sixth poor series from seven against Australia. His 244* at Melbourne was a grand knock, but what matters far more is that he was feeble when the series was alive, averaging just 14 across the first three Tests.

    James Vince – 4/10
    242 runs at 27 from five Tests

    Vince did something Cook did not – he made a decent score while the series was still alive. Two in fact – 83 in the first innings at Brisbane and 55 in the second dig at Perth. Regardless, it looks like his Test career has hit the skids due to the infuriating manner in which he consistently wastes good starts by fishing outside off stump.

    Mark Stoneman – 4/10
    232 runs at 26 from five Tests

    Stoneman seems to have been badly affected by copping a nasty knock to the head from a Josh Hazlewood bouncer at Perth. Since then he has hung back in his crease and been a sitting duck for the Australian quicks. That is a great pity because he showed good skill and verve prior to copping that blow. But he’ll get over that incident and is worth sticking with.

    Chris Woakes – 2.5/10
    Ten wickets at 50, plus 114 runs at 16 from four Tests

    One of several England players to land in Australia with bloated reputations only to be found out. Woakes didn’t bowl terribly – it’s not as if he was spraying the ball all over the pitch – he just posed very, very little threat.

    Stuart Broad – 2.5/10
    11 wickets at 48 from five Tests

    The worst series of Broad’s storied career. His enormous strike rate of 106 reflects just how easily the Australian batsmen countered him.

    England bowler Stuart Broad during a bowling spell on Day 4 of the First Test match between Australia and England at the Gabba in Brisbane, Sunday, November 26, 2017.

    Tom Curran – 2/10
    Two wickets at 100 from two Tests

    I loved Curran’s feisty, confident attitude whether bowling or batting. Unfortunately he doesn’t yet have the attributes required to be a good Test bowler. He is short, bowls at a gentle pace in the 130-135kmh range, barely swings the ball and doesn’t get much bounce. Curran looks better suited to limited overs cricket thanks to his clever changes of pace.

    Mason Crane – 2/10
    One wicket at 193 from one Test

    Crane is outrageously talented for a 20-year-old wrist spinner, but no leggie should be playing Tests at that age, unless they have a very good first-class record – which he doesn’t. Wrist spin is the most difficult skill in the game and takes years to master – the world’s best Test leggie, Yasir Shah, was 28 by the time he made his Test debut.

    Moeen Ali – 2/10
    Five wickets at 115, plus 179 runs at 20 from five Tests

    Moeen arrived in Australia with some English pundits bizarrely predicting he would have a big impact on the series with both bat and ball. While there was a chance his free-flowing batting could be suited to Australian conditions, his ordinary off spin was always going to be clattered.

    Jake Ball – 1/10
    One wicket at 115 from one Test

    If you need any evidence of England’s woeful bowling depth, just consider the fact Ball has somehow played four Tests for them. The lanky right armer has poor control and if he were Australian, would be a fringe State player. In four Tests he has taken just three wickets at an average of 114.

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    • January 9th 2018 @ 5:43am
      Pie Thrower said | January 9th 2018 @ 5:43am | ! Report

      Finally some ratings on the English players I agree with – particularly Cook and Anderson. Cook had a terrible series – anyone with any skill could have scored 200 on that road in Melbourne in a dead rubber. When the series was on the line – he was appalling.

      As for Anderson – I’ve read that many comments that he was tight, threatening and was their main strike bowler. The fact is, he took most of his wickets when the game was already lost. Adelaide in 2nd innings and Perth when game (and the Urn) was gone.

      Same for Root I guess. Only really stuck his hand (halfway at least) up when series was gone.

      England have been very, very poor this series. It hasn’t been a classic Ashes. At least 2006/07 will be remembered for the end of an era of champion players, whilst 2013/14 will be remembered for the performance of Johnson scaring the daylights out of an entire team. This will be remembered for Smith scoring lots of runs – but that is about it.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 6:53am
        Slane said | January 9th 2018 @ 6:53am | ! Report

        ‘anyone with any skill could have scored 200 on that road in Melbourne’

        So nobody but Cook has any skills then? My scorecard says he was the only one to make a double century.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 7:31am
        Pedro the Maroon said | January 9th 2018 @ 7:31am | ! Report

        Gee – I’ll remember it for the Goat vs Moeen; career defining consistency (perhaps) from Marsh x 2; the pace attack confirming they are the best in the world; the selectors getting it right 3 times out of 4.
        And lots more.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 7:40am
        Nudge said | January 9th 2018 @ 7:40am | ! Report

        Would be great to get some player ratings from Neil Black, Col P and others but it seems they disappeared from this site after the first test. Front runners, no ticker? A bit like there cricket side

        • January 9th 2018 @ 11:32am
          Jake said | January 9th 2018 @ 11:32am | ! Report

          I doubt you’ll see a post from those trumpet blowers for a long time.
          They only sing when they’re winning and all that singing involves is to help them carry that chip on their shoulder they have about Australia.
          Maybe if they win an ODI game they’ll be back here blowing hard.

          • January 9th 2018 @ 6:34pm
            George said | January 9th 2018 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

            Winners are grinners eh? You have been belittling opponents all summer and will be whingeing about pitches and DRS (not singing) once the latest Australia-set-to-conquer-all bubble is burst away from home.

          • January 9th 2018 @ 6:39pm
            George said | January 9th 2018 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

            You’ve been belittling and calling the opponents grade cricketers all summer – surely no great accomplishment to beat them in Tests… especially at home?

            • January 9th 2018 @ 8:47pm
              Gray-Hand said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

              Unfortunately, since so many of this English side will never be selected again, that’s a question we will never know the answer to.

    • January 9th 2018 @ 7:42am
      twodogs said | January 9th 2018 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      10/10 for Glenn Maxwell for biting his tongue. Should have been included and would have feasted on a diet of docile English pies and moderately lifeless decks.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 9th 2018 @ 11:03am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | January 9th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        Woulda Coulda … But didn’t and Shouldn’t … Ever Again.
        Not a test standard player!

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:23pm
          ozinsa said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

          And his century on a turning track in India? Not a test quality ton? What rubbish

    • Roar Guru

      January 9th 2018 @ 7:46am
      Red Kev said | January 9th 2018 @ 7:46am | ! Report

      This type of article shows how perceptions of players skew these ratings.

      Warner made one fifty while the series was live. One from five innings. He scored a ton and two fifties after it was won and gets a good rating.

      Khawaja scored two fifties from four innings while the series was live and then a ton after it was won. Melbourne is the only place he genuinely batted poorly yet he gets a poor series rating.

      I am not saying Khawaja should be higher than Warner. But the difference is not 8 to 4.5 in terms of their contributions to winning the Ashes.

      A rather classic illustration of the ‘lazy’ versus ‘elegant’ issue Khawaja spoke of when interviewed at the SCG.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 8:06am
        Nudge said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:06am | ! Report

        Didn’t Warner average about 50 after the 3rd test and Khawaja about 25? I could be wrong?

        • Roar Guru

          January 9th 2018 @ 8:17am
          Red Kev said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:17am | ! Report

          The smaller the sample size the less statistics will show you – five innings and one not out versus four innings and no not-outs.

        • Columnist

          January 9th 2018 @ 10:12am
          Ronan O'Connell said | January 9th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

          Nudge Warner averaged 49 in the three “live” Tests versus 33 for Khawaja.

          • January 9th 2018 @ 10:39am
            Nudge said | January 9th 2018 @ 10:39am | ! Report

            Yeah I reckon when you average close to 50 in the live tests and then finish with an average of 63 or so you at the very least get 7.5. Then you put in his brilliant ground fielding I’d give him an 8. I do think Khawaja does deserve a 6. His 2x 50’s were very handy and finished off with a great hundred. I reckon he loses half a point though because his ground fielding is deplorable.
            8 for Warner 5.5 for Khawaja for me

            • January 9th 2018 @ 12:36pm
              Pope Paul VII said | January 9th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

              Dunno about that Nudge. Khawaja’s chase pace is a bit less than some contemporaries but he was pretty sound in the gully. Took some good ones and stopped plenty. Not the world’s greatest fielder but far from the worst. If there was a fielding rating for this series Smithy would be well down.

              • January 9th 2018 @ 1:11pm
                Nudge said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

                I don’t know Pope, I was there day 1 Sydney and he was terrible. Was even getting a small Bronx cheer by the end.

              • January 9th 2018 @ 1:48pm
                Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

                I agree with red Kev , Khawaja got 2 half centuries in the first 3 games where the series wS alive and also top scored under light in second innings of Adelaide when runs were so hard to score. I just shook my head when I saw a 4.5 for him but honestly who cares as he got a 171 in the last game. I like warner but his average was only higher because he had a not out half century chasing in Brisbane so to give him a much a higher score then Khawaja says it all

            • Roar Guru

              January 9th 2018 @ 1:54pm
              The Bush said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

              But like all statistics you have to give it full context. As Red Kev points out, Warner only scored a single 50 in the live series – it just happened to be not out, so his average is about 10 runs higher than if it had been “out”.

              As Kev says, no one is saying Khawaja and Warner should have the same ranking, just seems harsh that one guy gets a fantastic score and the other doesn’t get a pass mark…

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:50pm
          Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

          One of the best articles I have read on Khawaja and shows true unbiased journalism which others media writers can learn from, I particularly liked the part on Phil Hughes

        • Roar Guru

          January 9th 2018 @ 1:51pm
          The Bush said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

          Great read.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 8:14am
        Christo the Daddyo said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:14am | ! Report

        Excellent point.

        I’d bring Khawaja up a couple of points and drop Warner down half or one myself.

        • Roar Guru

          January 9th 2018 @ 8:16am
          Red Kev said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:16am | ! Report

          I’d say 7 and 5 is fair, but 8 and 4.5 is just favoritism coloured glasses – it’s like the ratings were done by Michael Slater or something.

          • January 9th 2018 @ 11:36am
            Christo the Daddyo said | January 9th 2018 @ 11:36am | ! Report

            The anti-Khawaja forces are strong in this country, particularly in the Ch 9 commentary box…

            • January 9th 2018 @ 12:15pm
              twodogs said | January 9th 2018 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

              Not only in the ch9 commentary box.

              • January 9th 2018 @ 1:51pm
                Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

                I mean honestly mark Taylor in particular never even talks to Khawaja and how can Khawaja not even get a pass mark, all other news sites gave him a 6 but in roar he fails lol

          • January 9th 2018 @ 1:30pm
            ozinsa said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

            Agreed, RK. But that Knox article crosses over to the other side of defending Uzzi more than is reasonable. Khawaja deserves more respect and time in the side but even a hack like me can see his deficiencies against spin. The horses for courses policy may just have saved his career – imagine you add more sub-continental tests at an average < 20 to his record.

            I want him at 3 in Australia and SA. I’m happy for him to watch us play in India

          • January 9th 2018 @ 3:03pm
            Rob said | January 9th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

            Agree.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 9:16am
        spruce moose said | January 9th 2018 @ 9:16am | ! Report

        Spot on Red Kev.

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:52pm
          Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

          +2 red Kev

      • January 9th 2018 @ 9:32am
        danwain said | January 9th 2018 @ 9:32am | ! Report

        Khawaja scored a vital 50 in the first innings in Adelaide and then from memory was the top scorer in the second innings?

        Warne constantly has a crack at him for not showing any urgency at the crease, but that is clearly not his game.

        He is a brilliant batsmen to watch, such a classical technique and that pull shot takes my breath away every single time.

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:53pm
          Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

          This is the point, warner got a not out half century which is why his average was in the 40s vs 30s for Khawaja but Khawaja had more held centuries in the first 3 games yet Khawaja somehow gets 4.5 and warner closer to a 8, wtf lol

      • January 9th 2018 @ 10:21am
        Brian said | January 9th 2018 @ 10:21am | ! Report

        Yeah Warner made one fifty in Brisbane, nothing in Adelaide or Perth and gets an 8. Broad took 3/49 in the first innings in Brisbane reducing Australia to 7/209, then did nothing and gets 2.5.

        Australia’s bowling was much better. Smith, S Marsh and the 4 bowlers won the Ashes, the rest were skiing downhill.

      • Roar Guru

        January 9th 2018 @ 11:30pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | January 9th 2018 @ 11:30pm | ! Report

        It also shows for the English. Malan gets 8 and Root gets 5 despite scoring similar numbers of runs. But because Root comes into the series as England’s premier batsman and Malan as someone not really expected to do much, Malan gets a much higher rating for a similar contribution.

        • January 10th 2018 @ 1:50pm
          Rob said | January 10th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

          I thought Vince did better than Root. Batting 3 is harder than 4,5,6. He was on the wrong end of an excellent piece of fielding in Brisbane when in full control. Copped an absolute unplayable ball from Starc that Smith on 100 wouldn’t have nicked in Perth and played a very tired shot after baking in the sun for 180 plus overs. I thought he looked very composed most of the time.

      • January 10th 2018 @ 8:50am
        Jordan c said | January 10th 2018 @ 8:50am | ! Report

        This is why you should be writing this

    • Roar Guru

      January 9th 2018 @ 8:31am
      Edward L'Orange said | January 9th 2018 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      I’m not sure I’d give Hazlewood a 9. He was good, but very off in the first test. While he picked up as the series went on, and was never bad, I still think 8 rather than 9 is fairer.

    • January 9th 2018 @ 9:15am
      spruce moose said | January 9th 2018 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      Warner shouldn’t be an 8. He was fairly absent when the series was live.

      A solid chasing 80 in Brisbane to coast to victory was the sole highlight.

      But the hard yards of setting Australia up to wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were done by Smith, SMarsh, MMarsh and the bowlers.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 9:56am
        Tom said | January 9th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Yeah agreed, took the shine off the ball most innings, but it was a 6 or 7/10 performance, not an 8, which is a distinction in university parlance.

      • Columnist

        January 9th 2018 @ 10:15am
        Ronan O'Connell said | January 9th 2018 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        Yep that’s fair enough.

        Whenever I do these reviews, especially of all 27 players like this, there’s always a couple that I re-evaluate the next day, particularly once you guys add some fresh perspective.

        On reflection Warner is worth a 7/10 and Khawaja a 5.5/10.

        Otherwise, I’m happy with them.

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:39pm
          ozinsa said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

          Nice. I’d say you rated our attack too high across the board. I know Starc got wickets when it mattered but many were junk and he can be so much better. I’d hope he can improve 25% (I’ve seen him 25% better) and a 9 rating doesn’t allow for that. Cummings and Lyon 9, Hazlewood and Starc 7.5.

          I know Vince is everybody’s whipping boy right now and Stoneman seemed to fall away after being sconed but both scored important runs when the series was alive and should be higher than a seasoned pro who failed when it mattered (albeit he made a great double and is hard not to admire).

        • January 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm
          Ross said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

          That’s more reflective I think and credit to Ronan for doing a retrospective on this

        • Roar Guru

          January 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm
          The Bush said | January 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

          Good call Ronan… But all this admitting mistakes business though has no place on the Roar.

        • January 9th 2018 @ 10:06pm
          Worlds Biggest said | January 9th 2018 @ 10:06pm | ! Report

          Ronan I think Usie deserves a 6.5 after his big Sydney haul. I would give Cummins a 9.5, Lyon a 9, Starc and Hazo both 8.5. Obviously not much in it with the bowlers, Cummins rarely bowled a bad spell all series, he was outstanding. Lyon was fantastic and the other two Quick’s both very good, at times a bit loose but I am splitting hairs really, all four were terrific bowling as a group.

        • Roar Guru

          January 9th 2018 @ 11:41pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | January 9th 2018 @ 11:41pm | ! Report

          I suppose a lot of it really depends on how you are doing it. The series is 5 tests, should you necessarily devalue the performances in the last two tests if you are talking about player ratings for the 5 test series? I guess there’s merit to it either way.

          If you are going to rate Warner just 7/10, I don’t see how Malan could be 8/10.

    • January 9th 2018 @ 9:26am
      paul said | January 9th 2018 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      My ratings would have been an 11/10 for Smith because you failed to mention how well he captained this side, both on and off the filed. You and others were highly critical of his captaincy prior to this series, some suggesting he should be dropped as skipper, but he did an outstanding job..

      Both Bancroft and Khawaja get 5/10 form me. Bancroft got Australia off to starts in the Tests that counted and Khawaja made a couple of 50’s that helped steady the innings at 3. If they had played in a losing side, your ratings would be fair, but they helped to contribute to a win in at least one Test each. MM also loses .5 through his pie throwing that masqueraded as bowling.

      I also note you didn’t rate the fielding. Lyons was outstanding across the series in the field, but some of his mates had a bit of a sleep form time to time, so their ratings should reflect that. Yo can bet we won’t be able to make the same fielding errors in SA and get away with it.

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