England Player Ratings
X- Rated stuff from the majority of the team in this Test Match. Apart from the morning session of day 3 England were totally, utterly, comprehensively outgunned and humiliated by a rampant Australian side.
Andrew Strauss – had a terrible start to the match through no fault of his own and all the pre match goings on must have been playing on his mind when he went out to bat. You’d expect them to. Should have been out first ball and didn’t last much longer. 32 in the second innings saved face for him personally but would have wanted and need a big score to settle his side. he was the one man you felt could do it but he didn’t deliver. Did he call right after winning the toss? 102 all out having chosen to bat would suggest not but hindsight is a wonderful thing. 5 out of 10.
Alastair Cook – Scored 30 in both innings and was solid if not spectacular. You never felt like he would score a hundred second time around, 30 in each innings is okay but you want more from your opener really Hard to criticise though given the state of the rest of the scorecard. 7 out of 10
Ravi Bopara – Hard to think of anything positive to say about a man who faced a total of seven deliveries in the match and contributed just one run. He held onto two catches, neither particularly difficult, but looked lost and distant in the field. Back you go to Essex Ravi. 2 out of 10
Ian Bell – As usual, looked very nice at the crease and played some lovely textbook shots for the photographers, but hasn’t got the fight for the situation England found themselves in. 11 runs in the match, one catch. 3 out of 10.
Paul Collingwood – Didn’t turn up. Plain and simple. Zero and four. 2 out of 10.
Matt Prior – Almost didn’t make it but put his early injury to one side and had a decent display behind the stumps although there was still the usual untidiness. With 37 not out and 22 he looked the only batsman in form. 7 out of 10.
Stuart Broad – England’s man of the match. Six wickets including those of Ponting and Hussey. His next four came when Australia were clear ahead and could have declared so are cheapened slightly, but six wickets is six wickets and a wonderful counter attacking 61 from 48 balls on the last morning gave the fans plenty of cheer for an hour and a half. 9 out of 10.
Graeme Swann – Bowled 16 over of nonthreatening off spin. Never really looked like getting a wicket but didn’t bowl badly. 62 entertaining runs and a hundred plus partnership with Broad on the final morning, 7 out of 10.
James Anderson – Didn’t happen for him with the ball this time around. Was dismissed to the point boundary by the hulk like Shane Watson from the first two balls of the Australian innings and that set the tone for the rest. Too much short stuff not allowing the ball the chance to swing. Still my man of the series though and one poor showing can be forgiven. Fielded well as always. 5 out of 10
Steve Harmison – Bowled 2 wicket taking balls in 23 overs, the rest was average stuff as we have come to expect. 4 out of 10.
Graeme Onions – Hard to say anything bad, although bowling short to the best puller of a cricket ball in the World was a tad foolish. Wasn’t bad, wasn’t great, got a pair with the bat. 5 out of 10.
Average England Player Rating=5.1 out of 10
Australia Player Ratings
Shane Watson – 3 50s in 3 innings. His talents as a surprise opener continue to impress. Athletic in the field as always. 8 out of 10
Simon Katich – Missed out with the bat out for a duck. Didn’t get a chance to bowl. It’s a cruel world, ratings wise. 4 out of 10
Ricky Ponting – the pantomime villain for the headingley crowd. His 73 was just awesome. Boundaries galore. Some statto at Sky Sports saying it was the innings that changed the game. Managed his bowlers well and got the team selection right. 9 out of 10.
Mike Hussey – missed out yet again. We’ve only seen glimpses of his brilliance in this series. Good in the field. 5 out of 10.
Michael Clarke – So graceful, so ecquisite. A wonderful innings that took the game away from England. 8 out of 10
Marcus North – Two tons in his Ashes series debut. Looks so so solid (not like the cheesy garage group). Brought up his century grandstand style with a 6. Couldn’t believe he caught a contender for catch of the series. 9 out of 10
Brad Haddin – Played a sloppy shot to get out when the game had got away from England. The good and bad of Haddin behind the stumps is there for all to see. 5 out of 10.
Mitchell Johnson – Back to his firing best with five for in the 2nd innings and 6 wickets in the game. Usual contribution with the bat. You can see why all the plaudits came his way after the SA series.9 out of 10
Peter Siddle – Got five for in the first innings to show why his test average is so good. Bowled really quick for the first time in the series. Backed it up in the 2nd innins with a deserved wicket. 9 out of 10
Stuart Clarke – Bowled a magnificent spell of 3 for 18 off ten in the first innings. An entertaining 27 slogging with the bat. But fell away and got carted to all parts of the ground in the 2nd innings. Played a huge part in the victory though. 8 out of 10
Ben Hilfenhaus – 5 wickets in the game. Arguably australia’s best bowler on show once more. Certainly most consistent throughout the tour. Bowled as well if not better than Johnson and Siddle but no glory five for so gets a slightly -very unfair- lower rating. 8 out of 10
Average Australia Player Rating= 7.5 out of 10
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