Ashes 2015: England beat Australia – player ratings so far

Joe Root


Alastair Cook – 8/10

Who would’ve thought that Cook’s captaincy would be as valuable as his batting? The third captain, after WG Grace and Brearley, to win the Ashes twice at home

Adam Lyth – 5/10

The jury is still out on Lyth, who despite scoring a century against New Zealand has looked bereft of confidence. He may have one more chance at the Oval

Ian Bell – 7/10

It looked like a gamble to promote a man out of form to third in the order, but he scored an important knock at Edgbaston and cemented his place

Gary Ballance – 5/10

Part of Ballance’s problem is aesthetic, in that when he’s out of form he looks even worse, but he needed a break. One suspects he’ll be back fairly soon

Joe Root – 9/10

From being dropped in Australia to the best batsman in the world, inside 18 months. He’s England’s best player and will be for a good few years to come

Jonny Bairstow – 7/10

Having completely remodelled his game since he was last in the team, Bairstow got an unplayable ball at Edgbaston but returned with class at Trent Bridge

Jos Buttler – 5/10

He’s still a work in progress with both bat and gloves, but while his talent is obvious an average of just 13 in this series will be a concern for England

Moeen Ali – 7/10

While the wickets dried up a little, he’s still an underestimated bowler, and he deals with the role of batting at eight superbly. Only Root scored more runs

Stuart Broad – 8/10

He can still sometimes look innocuous, but when he bowls well he can be, as he was at Trent Bridge, utterly sensational. That 8-15 spell was majestic

Mark Wood – 8/10

Enormously likeable as well as a terrific young quick bowler, he can feel exceptionally hard done to if he’s dropped in favour of Jimmy Anderson at the Oval

Jimmy Anderson – 8/10

A wicketless Test at Lord’s led to some questioning his powers, but Anderson stormed back at Edgbaston to prove he’s still among the best

Steven Finn – 8/10

Like Bairstow, Finn has come back from being a liability, ripping through the Australian top order in the third Test and making Steve Smith his bunny

Trevor Bayliss 7/10

It’s tough to say how much of this series success is down to Bayliss, but the speed at which England’s bowlers worked out their opponents suggests some inside knowledge


Chris Rogers - 8/10

Of the people at whom one could point the finger, Rogers is not one. The opener, who will retire after the series, was Australia’s top scorer and topped their averages

David Warner - 6/10

The man who was supposed to ‘set the tone’ at the top of the innings, more often only succeeded in starting then getting out in an infuriatingly careless manner

Steve Smith - 6/10

At the start of the series he was the best batsman in the world, but his 215 at Lord’s accounts for 59% of his runs, falling meekly at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge

Michael Clarke – 3/10

Clarke himself admitted that Australia were playing with ten men, and a top score of 38 and average of 16 proves the point. A sad way for a great player to go out

Shaun Marsh - 2/10

It’s harsh to judge him on the basis of one calamitous Test, but after replacing his brother to bolster the middle order and protect his captain, he scored 0 and 2

Adam Voges - 4/10

Seemingly in fear for his place in every game, Voges was at least partly kept in the side for his knowledge of English conditions, but only averaged 20

Peter Nevill - 5/10

Brought in to replace the popular Brad Haddin, Nevill had something of a thankless task. He kept reasonably tidily, but didn’t contribute much with the bat

Mitchell Johnson – 5/10

The frustrating thing for Australia is that in one over at Edgbaston Johnson showed what a fearful bowler he can be, but otherwise he was too often innocuous

Mitchell Starc – 6/10

When he was good, he was very good, but when he was bad he was horrid. His yorker is unplayable, but despite being the top wicket-taker he was often wayward

Josh Hazlewood – 4/10

The man who was supposed to be Australia’s controlling bowler, an ersatz Glenn McGrath, didn’t perform that role consistently enough and when required

Nathan Lyon – 5/10

Still the best spinner on either side, but he performed neither a containing role nor a wicket-taking one consistently enough to make a difference

Shane Watson – 3/10

An international career that ended in a self-parodic manner, with Watson getting starts before being trapped lbw. Twice. And reviewing it both times

Brad Haddin - 3/10

For all the talk about his popularity, Haddin has been poor for some time and his omission for family reasons at Lord’s was a useful excuse for Australia

Mitchell Marsh – 4/10

Two Tests, 45 runs and three wickets for the man supposed to replace Watson as Australia’s all-round. And yet it was still a bit harsh to drop him

Darren Lehmann 4/10

The problem with ‘Boof’s’ trademark strategy of keeping things simple and making the lads feel comfortable is that when things start to go south, he doesn’t have a great deal left

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