The Ashes: 3rd Test Player Ratings

Here are my ratings for each of the Australian players involved in the 3rd test at Old Trafford which ended in a draw over night:

Shane Watson: 5 out of 10 Again made starts with the bat. Got a good ball in the first innings. Bowled with his usual tightness: there is none better in this current line up at locking up an end.

Chris Rogers: 7.5 out of 10 Brilliant knock in the first innings got Australia away to a flyer. Out in the second innings trying to force the issue. Is an obviously good team man and buzzed around the field.

Uzman Khawaja: 4 out 10 Got a woeful decision (which still would have been out if DRS was not in use) and was bowled around his legs by a Swann corker in the second. Needs time at the crease.

Michael Clarke: 9 out of 10 The Captain stood up when it mattered most for his team and scored another big hundred. Was tactically astute albeit could have used Nathan Lyon more for mine.

Steve Smith: 7.5 out of 10 The other half of Australia’s biggest partnership nearly 12 months and but for a brain fade would have scored his maiden hundred. Has secured his spot in the team.

David Warner: 4 out of 10 All at see in the first innings and gold medal winner for worst review in the test match and possibly the summer. Got runs in the second innings when under no pressure.

Brad Haddin: 7 out of 10 If Lords was one of his worst games with the gloves this was one of his best. Got vital runs in the first innings.

Peter Siddle: 7.5 out of 10 Yet again was excellent with the ball in this game bowling with aggression and purpose everytime he got the ball.

Mitchell Starc: 5.5 out of 10 A strong burst in the middle of the first innings aside bowled with line or length or seemingly a plan that could be identified. Needs to find a way to be consistent. His ability with the bat continues to grow.

Ryan Harris: 8 out of 10 Australia’s best with the ball and does not get the plaudits he deserves. Allows looked like getting a wicket and, indeed, the body language of the English suggested relief whenever he left the bowling crease.

Nathan Lyon: 3.5 out of 10 Queue all of the Lyon bashers out there again but can anyone convince me that he was well captained in this game? Bowled well in the afternoon of the second day and the morning of the fourth but the third day was disappointing. Not given enough time by Clarke after Pietersen went after him.

2 responses

  1. I’d have given Rogers an 8, I thought he was excellent in the first innings and clearly sacrificed his wicket in order to get quick runs in the second; Lyon a 6 as he bowled better than his figures suggested, and I might knock Clarke down half a point for dragging out the declaration, but otherwise pretty spot on.
    It will be interesting to see which Australia turn up at Durham: Jekyll or Hyde…

    • I completely agree with you on Lyon. I have a massive wrap on him and do not believe he was well captained at all by Clarke. Rogers is, as bizarre as this sounds for a bloke who is 36, a player on the rise and has cemented his spot.

      I had no real issue on the declaration. I would have liked us to have 350 as the lead with 20 overs to bowl at the end of Day 4. Rain crueled his ability to do that a bit unfortunately.

      I am not sure which team will show up: they will need to lift again to come back from the deflation having a draw enforced on them by the whether. Will be intriguing to see how things evolve.

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