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Smith almost perfect as bowlers deliver – Australia Ashes player ratings

515   //    09 Jan 2018, 20:08 IST
Australia captain Steve Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith was almost perfect throughout his team's Ashes series win over England.

The Compton-Miller Medallist led from the front and was comfortably the leading run-scorer in the 4-0 Ashes success.

All of Australia's bowlers stood up at different times, while the selectors were proven right.

Omnisport's Dejan Kalinic takes a look at how Australia's players rated throughout the series.


Cameron Bancroft - 4

The opener was handed his Test debut to begin the series and, while he played all five matches, he failed to take his chance. An unbeaten 82 in the first Test aside, Bancroft struggled, finishing the series with 179 runs at 25.57.

David Warner - 6

The explosive left-hander was always going to be a key for Australia and while he rarely reached his best, Warner was a good contributor. He made one century and ended up averaging 63 for the series.


Usman Khawaja - 5

Khawaja was under growing pressure as the Ashes series went on, but he silenced his critics with a wonderful 171 in the final Test in Sydney. He also made two half-centuries and that may have been enough to secure his spot for now.

Steve Smith - 9

The Compton-Miller Medallist and undoubted player of the series. The Australia captain finished with 687 runs – 242 more than the next best – at an average of 137.40. Aside from a poor Test in Adelaide, Smith was outstanding.

Shaun Marsh - 7

A surprise inclusion, Marsh stepped up. Only Smith made more runs during the series, the left-hander also posting two centuries to secure his spot at number five.

Mitchell Marsh - 6.5

Another controversial selection, the 26-year-old took little time to prove selectors right. He produced a stunning 181 with the bat in Perth – his first Test of the series – and another ton in Sydney.

Peter Handscomb - 4

He may have been unfortunate to be dropped, but Handscomb was unable to find form in two Tests. He made just 62 runs in three innings and looked scratchy.

Tim Paine - 6

A risky pick by the selectors, Paine showed just why they took the risk. Praised for his glovework, the wicketkeeper performed on that front and more, chipping in with handy runs (192 at 48).

Mitchell Starc - 7

Never able to reach his best, the left-armer still managed to take 22 wickets despite missing a Test due to a heel injury. His pace challenged England and was missed on a slow and flat wicket in Melbourne.

Pat Cummins - 7.5

So often injured, Cummins was finally able to show what he is capable of. The paceman finished with the most wickets (23) in the series while also scoring 166 runs at 41.50.

Josh Hazlewood - 7.5

Hazlewood was probably the pick of the Australia pacemen with his probing lines and lengths. He was a threat throughout the series on his way to 21 wickets.

Nathan Lyon - 8

For all the focus on Australia's pace attack, the off-spinner ended up being the standout. England had few answers to Lyon, who took 21 wickets, including removing Moeen Ali seven times.

Jackson Bird - 2

Bird was unable to take his chance replacing Starc in Melbourne – although the pitch did not help. He finished with figures of 0-108.

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