The Ashes 2021-22: Australia Player Ratings
After more than a month of uncertainty and intense cricket, The Ashes is finally over. Australia walk away with a convincing 4-0 victory, blemished only by England’s hard fought draw at Sydney. Throughout the series, they have comprehensively outplayed England in all facets of the game. The win caps off a successful period for Australian cricket, which began with their T20 World Cup victory.
What will please coach Justin Langer and new Captain Pat Cummins will be the manner in which they have decimated the opposition. The margins of victory (9 wickets, 275 runs, an innings and 14 runs, 146 runs) do not make for pretty viewing if you are an England supporter. Another point to mention here is that it wasn’t a one man demolition job. Almost all players chipped in throughout the series, including the three debutants. The positives taken from this series will serve Australia well going into the challenging tours that they have lined up.
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Here is a brief analysis on each player and their contribution to the series:
David Warner – 6/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 8 | Runs – 273 | Batting Avg – 34.12 | Fifties – 2 | HS – 95 |
Cricket Australia will take confidence from the fact that Warner got through all five matches of the series. He fell away slightly after a strong start to the series, bagging a dreaded pair at Hobart. Nevertheless, his two fifties at the start of the series set the tone and made up for Marcus Harris’ lack of form. Throughout the series, we caught glimpses of the David Warner of old, one who puts bowlers on the back foot from the get go.
Marcus Harris – 5/10
Matches – 4 | Innings – 7 | Runs – 179 | Batting Avg – 29.83 | Fifties – 1 | HS – 76 |
Australia’s dominance in the series meant that Harris was given a longer rope to find his footing. He though, looked better as the series progressed, even top scoring in the Third Test at Melbourne. His game around the off-stump still needs refinement but he has time on his hands. He was finally dropped for the Fifth Test after Usman Khawaja’s contributions could not go unnoticed. With an important tour to Pakistan coming up, Harris will be looking to cement the second opener’s spot.
Marnus Labuschagne – 8/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 9 | Runs – 335 | Batting Avg – 41.87 | Fifties – 2 | Hundreds – 1 | HS – 103 |
A shaky opening partnership meant that Labuschagne, more often than not, came to the crease early. His performed commendably, often looking fluent before getting out. While he will lament the fact that he could not make a big hundred this series, his crucial fifties often got Australia out of a rut. There was never a dull moment with Marnus on the field, with his first innings dismissal at Hobart providing a sight for the ages.
Steve Smith – 5.5/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 8 | Runs – 244 | Batting Avg – 30.50 | Fifties – 2 | HS – 93 |
After being the best Ashes batsman for a decade, the law of averages finally seems to have caught up with Smith. His highest score of 93 came in the Second Test, after which he mentioned that he felt a hundred was not too far away. It was not to be however, as Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood nagged away at his off stump. In Pat Cummins’ absence during the Second Test, Smith returned as captain and led Australia to a thumping victory.
Usman Khawaja – 8.5/10
Matches – 2 | Innings – 4 | Runs – 255 | Batting Avg – 85.00 | Hundreds – 2 | HS – 137 |
One of the best comebacks in Ashes history, Usman Khawaja finally got his chance after Travis Head tested positive for Covid. Despite playing only two tests, he ended up as the fifth highest run getter including twin tons in the Fourth Test. His extraordinary performance at the SCG ensured that he retained his spot, replacing Marcus Harris at the top. He had an unproductive Fifth Test though, managing only 17 runs across two innings. Whether Khawaja retains his spot for the Pakistan series remains to be seen, a decision that will prove to be a good headache for the selectors.
Travis Head – 9/10
Matches – 3 | Innings – 6 | Runs – 357 | Batting Avg – 59.50 | Hundreds – 2 | Fifties – 1 |HS – 152 |
After a few iffy years in Test cricket, Travis Head finally had a breakout series. Having just pipped Khawaja for the number five position at the start of the series, Head proved selectors right with a counter attacking 152 at the Gabba. When he returned for the Fifth Test, he cut and pulled his way to another hundred off just 112 balls. His dominance in the series is highlighted by an insane strike rate of 86, often grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck. Being the highest run getter in the series, Head also took home the Compton-Miller medal.
Alex Carey – 6/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 9 | Runs – 183 | Batting Avg – 20.33 | Fifties – 1 | HS – 51 | Catches – 23 |
Though he didn’t have a great series with the bat, his numbers are a little cruel to Carey’s efforts. He often came in to bat close to declaration, and had to attack from the get go. A useful 49 at Hobart provided substance to Australia’s total. He was also largely a safe bet behind the stumps, despite having a few tentative periods. All in all, the 30 year old has done enough to retain his place in the squad for the next series. Check our online betting cricket tips and tricks here.
Cameron Green – 8.5/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 8 | Runs – 228 | Batting Avg – 32.57 | Fifties – 2 | HS – 74 | Wickets – 13 | Bowling Avg – 15.76 | Best – 3/21 |
Western Australia’s Cameron Green was undoubtedly the find of the series. He grew into his role as a bowler, troubling batsmen by hitting hard lengths. Armed with natural pace and height, he ensured that the rest of the bowlers were constantly fresh. Though he started the series poorly with the bat, a couple of seventies in the last two tests must have done wonders for his confidence. If this series is anything to go by, Green could be a mainstay in the side for years to come. Captain Pat Cummins hailed him as a ‘complete package with a bright future’.
Mitchell Starc – 8/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 10 | Wickets – 19 | Bowling Avg – 25.36 | Best – 4/37 | Runs – 155 | | Batting Avg – 38.75 | HS – 39* |
Starc came into the series with a cloud hanging over his form and fitness. He promptly managed to dispel those doubts, with influential performances throughout. He was at his best in the DN Tests, picking up 10 wickets across those two games. His ball to Rory Burns to kick off the Ashes will forever be etched in Ashes lore. He fell away slightly in the second innings (7 wickets @ 35), which he will be looking to rectify. The Southpaw also chipped in with the bat, even moving to the top 5 all rounders in the latest ICC Test rankings.
Pat Cummins – 9/10
Matches – 4 | Innings – 8| Wickets – 21 | Bowling Avg – 18.04 | Best – 5/38 |
Australia’s new Test captain had a dream start to his stint. Though his captaincy will be tested on away tours, he hardly put a foot wrong in this series. With the ball, he was as devastating as ever. He has been the highest wicket taker in each of the three Ashes series he has been a part of, reinforcing his status as a generational talent. After Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the series, Cummins took the new ball, something that he hasn’t done regularly. Under him, Australia played hard and fair, and never looked lost for options.
Nathan Lyon – 7.5/10
Matches – 5 | Innings – 8 | Wickets – 16 | Bowling Avg – 23.56 | Best – 4/91 |
Australia’s premier off spinner quietly had a good series, without ever stealing the spotlight. His 4/91 at the Gabba halted an England fightback in its tracks and put Australia on top. He was especially effective against the lower order, who could not adjust to his guile and bounce. Such was the home side’s dominance that he was not required to bowl in the last match, but made a contribution with a handy 31, smashing Mark Wood for consecutive sixes.
Scott Boland – 9.5/10
Matches – 3 | Innings – 6 | Wickets – 18 | Bowling Avg – 9.57 | Best – 6/7 |
Victorian talisman Scott Boland finally got his chance on the International stage. He made it count, with what is arguably one of the greatest ever Ashes debut series. After an innocuous first innings with the ball, he returned to decimate England with 6/7 in the second. His performance earned him the Johnny Mullagh medal, given to the standout player in a Boxing Day Test. Coming in as first change, He was Mcgrath-esque with his lines and lengths. He dismissed England best batsman, Joe Root four times, often troubling him on both edges. Here’s our all cricket match prediction for today.
Josh Hazlewood – 8/10 (3 wickets at 24.66)
Jhye Richardson – 8.5/10 (5 wickets at 24)
Michael Neser – 7/10 (2 wickets at 30.50)
The performances of all three pacers highlighted Australia’s depth. While Hazlewood was ruled out of the series after the first game, Richardson and Neser were left out in favour of Scott Boland. All are expected to be a part of the Tour to Pakistan, keeping in mind the enlarged squads. They may have to wait for their opportunity, considering the competition for places.