By George Marrable
- Australia come back strongly on the final day to win by 120 runs
- England now trial 2-0 after the second test in Adelaide
- Mitchell Starc led the hosts on the final day with 5-88
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Despite going into the final day as slight favourites, England fell to defeat in the second Ashes test to Australia, losing by 120 runs. We take a look at the ratings for both sides.
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Australia – Second Test Ratings
Cameron Bancroft – 2/10 – Bancroft struggled in Adelaide against the pink ball, making a high score of just 10 after he led Australia home in the first test match.
David Warner – 4/10 – Made a good score in the first innings, playing uncharacteristically slow for his 47, but he could not follow that up in the second innings. Warner made just 14 from 60 balls before being dismissed by Chris Woakes.
Usman Khawaja – 5/10 – The second test can be looked at as a mixed performance for Khawaja. He made 53 in the first innings, but failed to push on whilst batting with Steve Smith, and he got a start in the second innings, but could only make 20.
Steve Smith – 4/10 – A below par performance for Australia’s captain, especially after his performance in the first test. Although he made 40 in the first innings before becoming Craig Overton’s first test victim, he made just six runs in the second as he was trapped LBW by Woakes.
Peter Handscomb – 3/10 – Another Australia batsman to get a start, Handscomb could not push on to a big score with a high score of 36 across both innings.
Shaun Marsh – 8/10 – Marsh was Australia’s key man in the first innings as he propelled his team to a big score with his unbeaten 126*. He batted responsibly throughout, but becoming increasingly aggressive towards the end as Australia posted a score of 442.
Tim Paine – 6/10 – The Australian wicket-keeper put on a good partnership with Marsh in the first innings, making 57 at more than a run every other ball.
Mitchell Starc – 9/10 – Although he bowled expensively in his second innings spell, Starc ripped through England’s lower middle order, taking eigh wickets across the two innings. Bowling with pace to help wrap up the game for Australia.
Pat Cummins – 7/10 – A very useful score of 44 in the first innings, as well as 3 wickets with the ball, Cummins was very effective in all areas for Australia.
Josh Hazlewood – 7/10 – Hazlewood may not have taken as many wickets as Starc, his contribution in the second innings was arguably more valuable. He dismissed Chris Woakes with the second ball of the day, and then got Root without adding to his overnight score, putting Australia firmly in the driving seat of the match and the series.
Nathan Lyon – 8/10 – once again, Lyon was very impressive for Australia as he picked up 6 wickets in the match whilst bowling tightly to restrict the runs from one end.
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England – Second Test Ratings
Alastair Cook – 3/10 – Cook struggled again in the series, making a high score of just 37 from both innings. In both innings he found himself dismissed by Lyon, and will look to work on his game to find his form for the third test.
Mark Stoneman – 3/10 – A very similar game to his opening partner, Stoneman got started with a 36 in the second innings, but failed to convert that into a substantial score.
James Vince – 2/10 – Vince has failed to kick on after impressing in the last test match, making a high score of just 15 in Adelaide.
Joe Root – 6/10 – England’s captain gave them a fighting chance of an unlikely victory, ending day four unbeaten on 67. However, his failure to convert once again raises questions of his temperament when moving to 100.
Dawid Malan – 3/10 – Another one of England’s top order to struggle, Dawid Malan looked to be forming a strong partnership under the lights with Root before being bowled by a beautiful Cummins delivery.
Moeen Ali – 3/10 – Wicketless and without a substantial score, Ali struggled in Adelaide as he failed to get any real turn to be effective with the ball.
Jonny Bairstow – 4/10 – One of the few batsmen to offer some resistance in England’s second innings, Bairstow got started in both innings, but could not push on to really threaten Australia.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – A useful 36 in the first innings and five wickets in the test match, Woakes was crucial in skittling Australia for 138, but questions still linger about his ability to bowl in Australian conditions.
Craig Overton – 5/10 – Overton can take some positives away from his debut test match performance. Dismissing Smith to claim his first test wicket, as well as finishing 41* in the first, Overton did his chances of selection no harm for the third test in Perth.
Stuart Broad – 5/10 – Whilst only taking two wickets in the game, Broad bowled well at Adelaide, bowling with pace and aggression as he allowed Woakes and Anderson to pick up wickets around him.
James Anderson – 8/10 – Who says Anderson can’t bowl in Australia. Whilst Australia can be accused of some suspect batting, Anderson bowled beautifully, picking up his first ever five wicket haul in Australia.
England take on a Cricket Australia XI in a 2 day match on 9th December, with the third test starting in Perth on 14th December.
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