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The Cricketer casts an eye over the two sets of players after England's defeat at Adelaide

Who was on top of their game and whose report card reads a little less glowingly?

The Cricketer casts an eye over the two sets of players.


Cameron Bancroft (10 & 4): Sold out by his opening partner in the first innings but two low scores will put extra pressure on Bancroft at Perth. 3/10

David Warner (47 & 14): The opener did not unleash wrecking-ball mode at Adelaide, there are more gears to come from Warner who has 174 runs at 58 in the series. 6/10

Usman Khawaja (53 & 20): Khawaja is ticking over nicely without setting the series alight, will be relieved not to fall to spin at Adelaide. 6/10

Steve Smith (40 & 6): Kept relatively quiet with the bat and struggled with DRS, lucky those calls were made with his team so far ahead in the game. 5/10

Peter Handscomb (36 & 12): The Australian batsman England will be most confident of getting out, looked out of his depth in Australia’s second dig. 3/10

Marsh hit his fifth Test hundred

Shaun Marsh (126 & 19): How crucial did that hundred prove to be… Marsh has been ridiculed for his fluctuating Test career, at Adelaide he quietened a few voices. 9/10

Tim Paine (57 & 11; 6 catches): Paine was another who had his selection heavily questioned, has been solid with the bat and proven to be more than decent with the gloves. 7/10

Mitchell Starc (6 & 20; 3-49 & 5-88): Was unusually wayward at times but still ended up with eight wickets and did what he does best on day five, taking the new ball and cleaning up the tail. 7/10

Pat Cummins (44 & 11; 2-47 & 1-39): We are only two Tests in but are Cummins’ injury-troubled days over? Has the pace and aggression to take wickets at key times. 7/10

Josh Hazelwood (DNB & 3; 1-56 & 2-49): Far from his best bowling performance but got Australia on their way on the final morning. 6/10

Nathan Lyon (10 & 14; 4-60 & 2-45): Has got Cook and Moeen under his control, Lyon’s fine year continues. 7/10


Alastair Cook (37 & 16): The numbers become more worrying the longer he goes without a score and he’s fallibility against Lyon is clear. England’s fragile batting order need Cook to add ballast at the top. 5/10

Mark Stoneman (18 & 36): Showed counter-attacking ability in the chase but looked edgy when the boundaries dried up and couldn’t knuckle down. Needs a big score. 5/10

James Vince (2 & 15): Vince is like the potential straight-A student who throws it all away when a Mitchell Starc-shaped bad influence persuades him to bunk off class to go and smoke some off drives. Showed his class at Brisbane - where he should have had a hundred - but that work has unravelled. 2/10

Joe Root (9 & 67): Loose drive in the first innings, a courageous effort on day four to give his team hope, but ultimately half-centuries don’t win matches. Who knows what would have happened had England batted first. 6/10

Dawid Malan (19 & 29): Dismissed by the pace of Pat Cummins twice, the second a decent nut, but that is Test cricket. Played a gritty knock in a 78-run stand with his skipper but ultimately England need Malan to do more than meander along averaging in the twenties. 5/10

James Vince's familiar struggles continued

Moeen Ali (25 & 2; 0-79 & 0-20): Lyon - like Cook - has got Moeen’s number. Ali has fallen to the offspinner in all four innings which has to be a major concern for the tourists. We know Moeen can be destructive but at the moment Australia will feel they can get him cheaply. To make matters worse, Moeen took no wickets at Adelaide and is having nowhere near the same impact as Lyon with the ball. 3/10

Jonny Bairstow (21 & 36; 2 catches): Nine innings without a half-century now, a tough ask in the second innings coming in at No.7 with England staring down the barrel. Did England really need to promote Moeen ahead of the keeper? 5/10

Chris Woakes (36 & 5; 1-84 & 4-36): Showed his true value with the ball in the second innings, picking up the key wicket of Smith en route to figures of four for 36. Shared a valuable stand with Overton in the first innings. 7/10

Craig Overton (41* & 7; 3-105 & 1-11): Impressed in all facets of the game, bowling the world’s number one batsman is not a bad way to kick off your Test career. 7/10

Stuart Broad (3 & 8; 2-72 & 0-26): Couldn’t produce the bowling performance his captain needed on day one, probably unlucky to go wicketless in the second. 5/10

James Anderson (0 & 0*; 1-74 & 5-43): Equally guilty of missing his length in the first innings but bowled beautifully to claim his maiden five-wicket haul in Australia. Just five wickets behind Courtney Walsh's tally now. 7/10

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