ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Australia vs England: Player Ratings
Moeen Ali - After Australia put up a score of 342, much was expected from Ali to provide the ideal start. However, he managed 10 in 13 balls, besides going for 60 runs in 9 overs.
Ian Bell - With the early dismissal of Ali, Bell took it upon himself to steady the innings with a 45 ball 36. It was characterised by perfect timings and shots off the wrist and besides Taylor, was the only batsman who looked at ease.
Gary Ballance - Coming at number 3, Ballance looked out of sorts as he struggled to a 13 ball 10, eventually becoming Marsh’s first victim.
Joe Root - Martin Crowe has named him as one of the 4 youngsters who will set the stage on fire in the upcoming years, but Root gave no indication of his talent as he struggled to a 12 ball 5.
Eoin Morgan - Morgan now has 4 ducks in his last 6 innings! He looked out of ideas as a captain at the death overs when Maxwell and Haddin were tearing apart the bowlers, bringing in bowling changes which were questionable.
James Taylor – Unfortunate to miss out on a 100, Taylor was left stranded on 98 after a dramatic last ball which saw Anderson being run out. His stay of 90 balls included 4 fours and 2 sixes and he waged a lone war for England, even when the battle had already been lost.
Jos Buttler - The wicket keeper coming in at the fall of Morgan’s wicket managed 10 in 12 balls. However, his wicket has to be credited to Steve Smith more than Marsh, as the fielder took a stunning catch at extra cover.
Chris Woakes - Woakes and Taylor inspired hopes of a revival as they put up 92 runs for the 7th wicket- the highest 7th wicket partnership against Australia in a WC game. He scored 37 in 42 balls, eventually falling to Johnson.
Stuart Broad - Starting off the bowling with an accurate length, his dismissal to get rid of Warner was a beauty- with the ball swinging back into the lefthander. He dismissed Watson in the next ball but soon started getting hit on both sides of the wicket, finishing with 66 in his quoata of overs.
James Anderson - Anderson was unlucky to have Finch dropped off his bowling by Woakes in the very 1st over of the innings. He bowled well in the middle orders, increasing the pressure on Australia after the fall of 3 quick wickets and finished with 67 runs in his 10 overs.
Steve Finn - Inspite of his hat-trick there is no denying that Finn was expensive – giving away 71 runs in 10 overs. His hat-trick, although applaudable, came at the end of the innings after the damage had already been done.