The Ashes are more than halfway done.
Annoyingly, England has not only won a match, but they’ve won more than we have.
Some of the Aussies need to lift.
I’ve rated every one of them, out of 10. Enjoy.
[NOTE: Numbers in brackets indicate people who haven’t played all three tests, and how many they’ve played.]
- Michael Clarke. 94 runs at 18.80. Absolutely rubbish. This is going to be his last series. Hasn’t scored more than 37, hardly taking anything in the field, not leading his team well enough. Like Ponting, dragging on the last days of his career. Should have retired from Tests after the World Cup. 2.
- Josh Hazlewood. 41 runs at 20.50, 14 wickets at 22.50. One of our best players. A constant threat when bowling, and able to help scrounge out a few late runs to help us. 8.
- Mitchell Johnson. 123 runs at 24.60, 10 wickets at 33.60. Not quite at 2013-14 form, but still pretty dominant. He’s saved us from even worse embarrassment at least twice when batting. 8.
- Nathan Lyon. 29 runs at 14.50, 12 wickets at 26.00. Totally out spinning Moeen Ali, helping keep targets down, and generally bowling as our best spinner since Shane Warne. A real gem. 8.
- Chris Rogers. 385 runs at 77.00. Rogers is retiring after the Ashes. We’re going to be totally lost without him. It’s always good knowing you can rely on him to get you 50 runs off the mark at the start of each innings. 10.
- Steve Smith. 354 runs at 59.00. By his lofty standards, rubbish, by other standards, awesome. He needs to not go missing when it matters. We all love Smith, but if he fails under pressure again, we may have to stop. 6.5.
- Mitchell Starc. 98 runs at 24.50, 12 wickets at 31.66. I’d tipped Starc to take 25 wickets this series. He’s not going to do that, he’s bowling all over the place. It’s still, however, effective, just not at World Cup levels. 7.
- Adam Voges. 31 runs at 14.63. Since we can’t find four good top order batsmen, Voges needs to sit down at fifth. He’s failing there, but has given it a brave effort to play in an Ashes series. 3.
- David Warner. 269 runs at 44.83. The Bull needs to, for the good of Australia, score a hundred in the first innings of the fourth test. He’s actually having a good series, just skipping under the radar from Rogers. 7.
- Mitchell Marsh (2). 45 runs at 15.00, 3 wickets at 21.00. We bought him in as a batsman that could bowl a little bit, but he’s turned out to be a bowler that can bat a little bit. We need him to bat, though. 5.
- Peter Nevill (2). 106 runs at 35.33, 10 catches. A revelation. The keeper who will guide Australia through to the 2019 World Cup. Quite possibly one of the best keepers in a while. 9.
- Brad Haddin (1). 29 runs at 14.50, 5 catches. We were only keeping Haddin for his keeping ability. He was leaving after this series, but he’s gone for good now. 4.
- Shane Watson (1). 49 runs at 24.50. Do I even need to rate him? 0.