PLAYER RATINGS: Jason Roy rocks Edgbaston on an off day for Australia

The Cricketer runs the rule over the individual performances of the two sets of players during England's clash with Australia in the World Cup semi-final...




Jason Roy (85): A swashbuckling innings which threw Australia's hopes of a final overboard. One six landed in the top tier of the South Stand, which if you don't know Edgbaston is a very, very, very long way. 9

Jonny Bairstow (34): Played second fiddle to Roy, a watchful innings. But when he drove... wow. 7

Joe Root (49*): Utterly reliable once again. So measured at the crease, saw the chase home. 8

Eoin Morgan (45*): How fitting it was that the skipper got to club the runs that took his team home. 8

Ben Stokes (DNB & 0-22): Utilised at first change by Morgan, got through four overs. 6

Jos Buttler (DNB): A superb run out to get of Smith. 6

Chris Woakes (3-20): Interestingly didn’t get his full allocation of overs, with Morgan only giving him eight. In that time he dominated Australia, claiming crucial early wickets and returning to dismiss Starc and end a major rearguard resistance. 9

Liam Plunkett (0-44): Not his day. Got through his middle-overs role manfully without ever really threatening to claim a wicket. 6

Adil Rashid (3-54): By far his best day with the ball in this World Cup. After three average overs, he mixed googly and drifter with a rushed-through delivery and earned his three wickets, including the vital scalp of Carey. 8

Jofra Archer (2-32): No Englishman has ever taken more wickets at a World Cup than Archer’s 19 in 2019. Once again, made key breakthroughs - Finch and Maxwell. What a gem he has been in this tournament. 8.5

Mark Wood (1-45): Terrific with the yorker at the death after an average first spell with the ball. 7


Chris Woakes bowled superbly for England


Aaron Finch (0): Being trapped lbw first ball by Jofra Archer is no embarrassment. Burning your team’s solitary review when it was pinging into middle and leg, however… 2

David Warner (9): Nibbled at a short ball from Woakes, and sent the ball into Bairstow’s hands at second slip, having opened up with a couple of crashing boundaries. 3

Steve Smith (85 & 0-21): A defiant knock from Smith, back in at No.3 where he belongs. Scratched around early, and took 35 balls to find a boundary, but without him Australia would have been nowhere. 8

Peter Handscomb (4): His technique is unconventional, sure, but here he just looked out of his depth. Narrowly survived an lbw call before driving at a short-of-a-length delivery and inside edging onto his stumps. 2


Glenn Maxwell (22): Still no innings of more than 25 balls for the allrounder. Carted Rashid for six and looked settled at the wicket, but was done by a combination of Archer’s subtle pace-change and the ball perhaps getting stuck in the wicket. 4

Alex Carey (46): Worked so hard to stabilise the Australian innings, showing tremendous courage to defy England after receiving a nasty blow to the chin (though there is a strong argument he should not have stayed on the field). A loose shot to get out when set.

Marcus Stoinis (0 & 0-13): Completely confuddled by a Rashid googly. Two overs with the ball. 2

Pat Cummins (6 & 1-34): Chopped Rashid to slip. Pace worried England on occasion. 6

Mitchell Starc (29 & 1-70): Played an able foil for Smith as the pair added vital runs near the end. After England's top two saw him off with the ball, he wilted. Uncharacteristically off-colour. 4

Jason Behrendorff (1 & 0-38): The most miserly of a pretty average Australian attack, but well seen off by England's openers. 6

Nathan Lyon (0* & 0-49): England targeted the spinners well, and Lyon bore the brunt of that. 4

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