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Player ratings: ‘earned a quiet bevy or 12’

Cameron Bancroft’s best position wasn’t opening the batting, it was short-leg.
Cameron Bancroft’s best position wasn’t opening the batting, it was short-leg.

AUSTRALIA romped to an emphatic 4-0 Ashes series win at the SCG but not every player could reach the heights of Steve Smith.

We rate every Australian players' series. Do you agree with our ratings?

CAMERON BANCROFT

Match rating: 1

Series rating: 3

Stats: 179 runs @25.57

Things went rapidly downhill for Bancroft after his classy 83* in Brisbane. He may have cost himself a spot in South Africa when producing a duck egg in his final opportunity to impress selectors in Sydney.

DAVID WARNER

Match rating: 7

Series rating: 8

Stats: 441 @63

The livewire opener hit double figures every knock and gave his side a strong base to build from the entire series, sensational.

Usman Khawaja’s century at the SCG has all but assured him a place in the squad to take on South Africa. Picture: Brett Costello
Usman Khawaja’s century at the SCG has all but assured him a place in the squad to take on South Africa. Picture: Brett Costello

USMAN KHAWAJA

Match rating: 9.5

Series rating: 7

Stats: 333 runs @47.57

Khawaja also managed double-digit scores in every knock this series without going large, before his brilliant 171 in Sydney proved a timely confidence boost heading towards South Africa.

The skipper with his urn.
The skipper with his urn.

STEVE SMITH

Match rating: 8

Series rating: 9.5

Stats: 687 runs @137.40

Everything that needs to be said has been said about the Australian skipper. Fair to say he's earned a quiet bevy or 12. Only his poor hands in the field cost him a perfect 10.

SHAUN MARSH

Match rating: 9.5

Series rating: 8

Stats: 445 runs @74.16

Two tons and a half-century in every Test except his sole innings in Perth. Australia have been desperate for a consistent number six for years, and despite his age, Marsh provided the answer.

The Marsh lads celebrate Mitch’s ton.
The Marsh lads celebrate Mitch’s ton.

MITCHELL MARSH

Match rating: 8.5

Series rating: 8.5

Stats: 320 @106.66, 0 wickets

We're sorry Mitch. The potential has always been there, and it finally came to fruition this summer. Bowling disappointing in limited opportunities.

TIM PAINE

Match rating: 8.5

Series rating: 8

Stats: 192 runs @48, 25 Cts, 1 St

The less heard about a wicketkeeper's performance the better. Brilliant with the gloves, aggressive and consistently contributing with the willow.

 

The most lethal bowling attack in world cricket.
The most lethal bowling attack in world cricket.

MITCHELL STARC

Match rating: 6

Series rating: 8

Stats: 22 wickets @23.54

Spearheaded the attack with vigour to terrorise the Poms across the summer. His value in finishing the tail was truly recognised during his Melbourne absence.

PATRICK CUMMINS

Match rating: 9

Series rating: 8.5

Stats: 23 wickets @24.65, 166 runs @41.50

We finally saw the rapid quickie on home soil after seven long years, and he didn't disappoint. Most importantly, he finished the series injury free.

JOSH HAZLEWOOD

Match rating: 6.5

Series rating: 8

Stats: 21 wickets @25.90

By the lofty standards of Josh Reginald Hazlewood he was a touch off throughout the series, fortunately when you're one of the world's best bowlers it doesn't matter, lethal.

Nathan Lyon celebrates a wicket.
Nathan Lyon celebrates a wicket.

NATHAN LYON

Match rating: 7

Series rating: 8

Stats: 21 wickets @29.23

Jordan, Slater, Messi, Federer, Lyon. Genuine bounce proved deadly on flat decks, bowled for huge periods, a stellar series that'll be remembered for some time. All hail the GOAT.

PETER HANDSCOMB

Match rating: N/A

Series rating: 2.5

Stats: 62 runs @20.66

An unfavourable WACA deck cost Handscomb his spot short-term, a reinvented Mitch Marsh may cost him his spot long-term. He'll be back.

JACKSON BIRD

Match rating: N/A

Series rating: 1

Stats: 0 wickets

An unfavourable MCG pitch labelled 'poor' by the ICC didn't suit Bird, potential to be a force in the UK next Ashes.

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