The Ashes: 5th Test Australia Player Ratings

Given the lack of play in this test match it is a little difficult to hand out ratings for the Australians. There is limited evidence to go off, and a lot of it is more ODI type cricket in nature, but based on that limited evidence this is how I rate Australia’s players:

Chris Rogers: 5 out of 10

Was obdurate in defence in partnership with a rampant Shane Watson and then was dismissed to an innocuous delivery from Swann. Must work on his method against spin bowling. Bizarrely did not get a bat in the second innings.

David Warner: 2 out of 10

Got out in the first innings just way you expect Warner to: fending at a ball outside off stump that he could have left alone. Sick of hearing: “that is just the way he bats”. In a second innings that ought to have been made for him could not get the job done.

Shane Watson: 9 out of 10

Under more pressure than any other player in the Australian team and responded with an attacking innings early that then morphed into a quality hundred. Took a knock to the head and showed immense courage to stay on the field. Elevated to open in the second innings and picked off some quick runs before hitting Swann to long on. Australia is a lesser bowling attack with him not in it.

Michael Clarke: 3.5 out of 10

Has never played a worse 7 than that he did in the first innings. Completely out of sorts albeit scored at a run a ball when chasing a declaration. Tactically courageous with his declaration. Questionable tactics in the field, particularly in the first innings, in not bowling Lyon early enough and not attacking despite his position of strength in the game.

Steve Smith: 9 out of 10

The fidgeter started with the streakiest of shots but after that put on a masterclass of middle order batting. Benefited from a strange decision to bowl Trott whilst in the 90s. Did not really get going in the declaration chase. Has come of age in 2013 and made the number 5 spot his own.

Brad Haddin: 7 out of 10

Dug in with Smith to get him to his hundred and then attacked when fast runs were needed. Golden duck in the second innings can be excused given the situation. Immaculate with the gloves as always. Did his job again and now holds the dismissals world record.

James Faulkner: 7 out of 10

Came in in a ODI type situation in both innings and got on board with the need for fast runs. Took wickets at key junctures for Australia albeit again in ODI type situations. Bowling on the 5th morning was overshadowed by his big mouth.

Peter Siddle: 5 out of 10

Did his job with the bat as nightwatchman. His limitations with the ball on unhelpful wickets again shown in full colour in England’s innings. Will charge in all day but has a sameness about him when not assisted by the wicket. Only given 3 overs in second innings which is an indictment on his form at the moment.

Ryan Harris: 7.5 out of 10

Looked the pick of Australia’s bowlers whenever he had the ball in his hand and again showed why he is the bowler most feared by this English opposition. Australia’s best by a fair way this series.

Mitchell Starc: 6.5 out of 10

Took two wickets during a good spell of bowling but is still too inconsistent and seemingly unable to bowl line and length on day 3. Sick of hearing “he is a wicket taker” as though that makes releasing all pressure on the batters all ok. Showed as much in the second innings when he could not contain any batter for England in the run chase.

Nathan Lyon: 6 out of 10

Bowled some of his best bowling as a test cricketer for, again, limited rewards. Despite easily being Australia’s best spin prospect does not get the support of his captain by way of attacking fields. In and ODI type situation in the second innings did not take wickets which were needed. Must be wondering what he has to do to get the support of the captain.

The Ashes: 4th Test Australian Player Ratings

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.

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.

Australia v South Africa, First Test: Player Ratings

The first test of this summer of cricket in Australia has come to its inevitable conclusion at the Gabba this afternoon with the teams playing out a draw.  Here are my ratings for the Australian and South African players from this game:

Australia

Cowan: 9 out of 10

In his first test match at the Gabba and seemingly under pressure to perform by players churning out runs at domestic level, Cowan scored his maiden test match century and did so in an assured fashion that belied his relative inexperience at this level.  A great test match for a still underrated player.

Read more here: http://thearmchairselector.com/2012/11/australia-v-south-africa-first-test-player-ratings/