In the shadows of Australia’s devastating loss at Chester-le-Street here are my ratings of each Australian player’s performance:
Chris Rogers: 9 out of 10
Scored a career defining hundred in the first innings that will long be remembered for its determination and grit more so than its batting craft. 49 in the second when Australia needed more but by then he had done his bit! Has made the opening spot his own.
David Warner: 6.5 out of 10
Batted as well as I have seen him bat in the second innings to press Australia’s hopes for victory. Got a jaffa in the first innings. As always a live spark in the field.
Usman Khawaja: 3.5 out of 10
Frankly: a passenger for the bulk of the game. Gave hope of something good in the second innings but then missed a straight one from Swann. Must find a way to combat spin bowling.
Michael Clarke: 5 out of 10
Out captained by Cook: stagnant when needed a plan B. Woeful shot in the first innings. Snorter in the second.
Steve Smith: 3 out of 10
Has gone from Australia’s next big thing the second time around to bereft of form in a blink of an eye. A nothing performance when more was needed punctuated by a bad missed catch in England’s second innings.
Shane Watson: 6.5 out of 10
Was having the perfect match right up until he was injured AGAIN. Second innings dismissal returned to form of past dismissals playing around the front pad.
Brad Haddin: 6 out of 10
Glove work was again excellent from Haddin. Out LBW both innings playing back to, respectively, Swann and Broad. Reflexes slowing?
Peter Siddle: 4 out of 10
On a pitch that should have suited his style of seam up bowling was innocuous at best. Did not really threaten or hold up an end when Harris needed support. Massively out of sorts with the bat.
Ryan Harris: 9 out of 10
9 wickets for Harris with some valuable 1st innings runs that put Australia in front. I shudder to think who Australia would have gone without him. Our best in this test!
Nathan Lyon: 8 out of 10
An excellent test match for Lyon; indeed probably one of his best in the baggy green. His dismantling of Pietersen in this game a joy to watch.
Jackson Bird: 4 out of 10
An Ashes debut that he will probably prefer to forget particularly his bowling effort on day 4. Again was served up a wicket that should have suited his style but under pressure could not get it right.