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Australia in England review – England’s Players (The one day players)

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After looking at the 14 test players in my last article, it’s time to explore the impact that the 13 one day players had. England went for an inexperienced squad during the one day series, to try out new players and give the regulars a rest. Trott’s form had been woeful throughout the summer, as had Bairstow’s and so for players such as Carberry and Morgan, this turned into an opportunity to stake a claim for a test match place. For the record, the players who played both test matches and one day matches (Root, Trott, Pietersen, Broad and Finn) were covered in the last article and won’t be covered again. I don’t feel particularly bad about this as, aside from Root’s 90* in the first T20, none of them had any impact at all on either series. For me, this justifies England’s belief in trying different teams for all formats.

Alex Hales (2 T20s)

  • 102 runs at 51.00 with a HS of 94 and a SR of 145.71
  • 1 fifty, 0 centuries
  • Highlight: Becoming the world’s number 1 T20 batter

Alex Hales has had a poor season for Notts but a wonderful time for England. Consistently bats well at the top of the order of the T20 line up and he now has two scores in the 90’s in an England shirt. He’ll go from strength to strength, and will hopefully score a century soon. The ICC now has him top of the T20 player rankings, which is controversial but testament to his consistency. Rating: 7/10

7/10

7/10

Michael Lumb (2 T20s)

  • 65 runs at 32.50 with a HS of 43 and a SR of 171.05
  • Highlight: Fearlessly attacked Australia’s 240+ total

Hales’ Notts partner is his England one and that is reaping benefits for both England and the players. If Hales is there to bat as many of the 20 overs as possible, Lumb is used to get England off to a flier and more times than not he will do that. It’s wonderful that England have a partnership that can often get them off to a good start. Not a good as Hales, but an impressive couple of outings for Lumb. Rating: 5/10

Luke Wright (2 T20s, 1 ODI)

T20s:

  • 34 runs at 17.00 with a HS of 30 and a SR of 170.00, 0 wickets with an economy of 13.50
  • Highlight: Continuing the positive attitude of his recent batting

ODI:

  • 0 runs

Not the best three games Luke Wright has ever played however he remains an important part of the T20 line up. His bowling is no longer a priority but focussing on his batting has made that much better than it was in the past, which wasn’t really shown this summer. Didn’t go well in the ODI match yet I’d give him another chance. Rating: 2/10

Eoin Morgan (2 T20s, 4 ODIs (captain))

T20s:

  • 20 runs at 10.00 with a HS of 10 and a SR of 142.85

ODIs:

  • 142 runs at 47.33 with a HS of 54
  • 2 fifties, 0 centuries
  • Highlight: Showing a different grit and determination to his batting

Whisper it quietly, but I believe Morgan is close to finding his best form again. Was much more mature batting during this series – chose to rescue situations and shape an innings rather than simply be the finisher. That combined with his good captaincy reminded me of Paul Collingwood. Got a century against Ireland, rotated his bowlers well and looks ready to score big runs for England. Rating: 7/10

7/1

7/10

Jos Buttler (2 T20s, 4 ODIs) – ODI player of the summer

T20s:

  • 27 runs at 13.50 with a HS of 27 and a SR of 150.00, 1 catch

ODIs:

  • 182 runs at 91.00 with a HS of 75, 2 catches and 1 stumping
  • 2 fifties, 0 centuries
  • Highlight: Getting his first two ODI half centuries

If Morgan will shape innings for England, then who will be the finisher? Step forward Jos Buttler! He hasn’t quite fulfilled his promise but he is way on his way. Looks better with the gloves every time I see him, his batting is getting more mature and he’s now scoring big runs to go with his big shots. I genuinely believe he’s the long term replacement for Matt Prior. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side in the ODI series! Rating: 8/10

8/10

8/10

Ravi Bopara (2 T20s, 4 ODIs)

T20s:

  • 46 runs at 46.00 with a HS of 1 and a SR of 148.38, 0 wickets at an economy of 12.25

ODIs:

  • 70 runs at 23.33 with a HS of 62, 3 wickets with a best of 2/57 and an economy of 5.20
  • 1 fifty, 0 centuries
  • Highlight: His bowling has been solidly economical all summer, a good 5th bowler

Yet again Bopara threatened to play a big role in a series and yet again he didn’t quite manage it. Despite success with the ball, Ben Stokes arrival has meant that his all-rounder slot is under pressure again. Scored a 50 in the last match to remind us that he can bat against quality attacks but is still a frustrating player; always looks good but doesn’t deliver enough. We all hope he can start, and let us not forget that he had a good Champions trophy. Rating: 5/10

Danny Briggs (2 T20s)

  • 3 wickets with a best of 2/25 at an economy of 10.85
  • Highlight: Australia targeted spin all summer, most of his overs were decent (one wasn’t)

This was valuable experience for the young spinner from Hampshire. Australia were targeting spin and so an economy of 10.85 from 7 overs wasn’t too bad, especially when four of them were bowled when Australia scored more than 240. However, he still hasn’t produced a match-winning spell for England when we’ve needed him to. Another one to stick in the “potential, needs to fulfil it” bracket! Rating: 5/10

Jade Dernbach (2 T20s) – T20 player of the summer

  • 6 wickets at an economy of 7.12 with a best of 3/23
  • Highlight: Wonderful slower ball to remove Watson

Dernbach seems to be England’s boo boy which I’ve always seen as slightly unfair. One of the few death bowlers we have in this country however his success this series was saving the slower ball for the surprise delivery. Bowled some absolute beauts in the two matches, was the only bowler to have an economy less than 10 in the chaos at Southampton and followed that up with a match-winning spell at Durham. England’s go to T20 bowler and we could do a hell of a lot worse! Rating: 8/10

8/10

8/10

Michael Carberry (4 ODIs)

  • 98 runs at 24.50 with a HS of 63
  • 1 fifty, 0 centuries
  • Highlight: Rescuing England at Cardiff

Part of England’s problem in the One Day series was the lack of runs if Morgan and Buttler failed. Carberry highlights this as, with 98 runs, he was the third highest run scorer for England. This series was meant to make or break his international career and being frank, it has done neither. He still looks talented, backed up by the 63 at Cardiff, however he still makes mistakes. He batted better than Trott, who may want to focus on test cricket in the near future; hence there is an opening in this side for him. Deserves more chances. Rating: 5/10

Ben Stokes (4 ODIs)

  • 6 wickets at an economy of 5.82 with a best of 5/61, 57 runs at 19.00 with a HS of 27
  • 1 five wicket haul
  • Highlight: Picking up two wickets with two balls after the rain delay in Southampton

Ben Stokes had an excellent match at Southampton which has put him right in England’s thinking for the Ashes. He bowled well all summer and clearly has potential with the bat so I can understand why he is contention. Asked to bowl as the third seamer and performed admirably. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and looks like he can produce bowling spells which will win matches. His batting will improve over time. Rating: 6/10

6/10

6/10

James Tredwell (4 ODIs)

  • 4 wickets at an economy of 7.42 with a best of 3/53, 7 runs at 7.00 with a HS of 5
  • Highlight: Coming back from a battering to pick up wickets in Cardiff

Tredwell took 2 steps forward in the Champions trophy; he’s taken 3 or 4 back in this series. Was a sitting duck for Australia, who highlighted his deficiencies – mainly his inability to change things too drastically. Maybe I’m being harsh but he looked like he would rather shy away than rise to the challenge posed. Worrying, but may keep his place as Swann doesn’t seem to be in favour for One Day cricket and Briggs isn’t ready yet. Rating: 3/10

Chris Jordan (1 ODI)

  • 3 wickets at an economy of 5.10 with a best of 3/51, 14 runs in one innings
  • Highlight: Fast and accurate short ball that removed Hughes for his first international wicket

Jordan bowled well on his debut without anyone hailing that England had a young superstar on their hands. A decent if slightly awkward action, reasonable pace but possibly looks slower than he actually is as a few batters got surprised for pace. Definitely didn’t bowl badly and, at 24, could he see more England opportunities coming his way? I hope so; I want to see more of him. Rating: 5/10

Boyd Rankin (4 ODIs)

  • 5 wickets at an economy of 3.63 with a best of 2/31, 5 runs at 5.00 with a HS of 4
  • Highlight: Consistently accurate and economical, a go-to man

Boyd Rankin bowled incredibly well during this series. Australia’s batters didn’t like facing him, Morgan could rely on him enough to throw the ball to when he needed control and looked better than Finn did. With Tremlett not playing all summer for England, Rankin may have jumped ahead of him in the Test queue. The only disappointment was the fact that he only picked up five wickets; I can’t be the only one who felt he should have had more! However, you can’t argue with that economy rate. Rating: 6/10

6/10

6/10

So, there are my England player ratings for the summer, with a brief outline of how everyone did. Agree or not? Have I been too harsh on the test players and too nice on the ODI players or maybe the other way around? Let me know!

Final List:

10: No-one; 9: Bell, Swann; 8: Broad, Buttler, Dernbach; 7: Pietersen, Anderson, Hales, Morgan; 6: Stokes, Rankin; 5: Root, Bresnan, Lumb, Bopara, Briggs, Carberry, Jordan; 4: Cook, Prior; 3: Bairstow, Woakes, Tredwell; 2: Trott, Wright; 1: Finn; 0: Kerrigan

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Author: GHardman42

Mancunian. Main passions are Sport and Mus(e)ic. Huge Everton, AM, Lancashire, JB and England fan! I play tennis like Dolgopolov (except nowhere near as good). Josh has said "You just don't know what will come next"

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