England draws the series after defeating Australia with 135 runs in the fifth Test at Oval. Let us look at how Australian players fared in the five-Test Ashes series before they depart at Heathrow.
1. David Warner (95 runs at 9.5)
Warner did his best in the cordon at Headingley. He also had a tough series against Stuart Broad who dismissed him seven times.
2. Marcus Harris (58 runs at 9.66)
He has an excellent domestic standing but invisible in a big match. He has no runs to make him visible; Harris needs to kick off and stay in the hunt for the first Test.
3. Marnus Labuschagne (353runs at 50.42)
He is one of the four Australian with an assured performance in the top order. He made runs for his team, especially when they needed them and in stressful situations. He has a good temperament, big heart, and enjoys contests.
4. Steve Smith (774 runs at 110.57)
He overcame all odds and reasserted himself as the world best batsman. He is the main reason why Australia retained the urn. Archer did not threaten him after returning from a concussion.
5. Matthew Wade (337 runs at 33.7)
His effort wasn’t felt much, though he did a lot. He is good at irritating opposition, at Oval, Wade had a tremendous fight which will secure him a place for summer.
6. Mitchell Marsh (41 runs at 20.5)
The all-rounder has made a reputation with the ball but not bat. It’s difficult to rate him given his only game was after the urn had been retained.
7. Tim Paine (180 runs at 20, 20 catches)
He is the best Australian captain. Not the most significant series in terms of raw numbers but the captain’s rallying of the side after defeat at Headingley underlined why he was made skipper.
8. Pat Cummins (29 wickets at 19.62)
He led an outstanding campaign with the ball and damaged with the new and old ball. He also struck when the captain needed a shot. He didn’t get a bag of five but managed to finish on top of the wicket charts.
9. Peter Siddle (7 wickets at 42.14)
In the first Test, Siddle was stable for both bat and ball. He wasn’t good at Oval but has left Australia with the urn after four tries. He played his last Test.
10. Josh Hazlewood (20 wickets at 21.85)
He was a constant threat to England batsmen with his pace and bounce. He relied less on swing and seam and improved his accuracy. He will be back in2023.
11. Nathan Lyon (20 wickets at 33.4)
He bowled Australia to victory at Edgbaston. He missed run at Headingley, but he shouldn’t mind since that didn’t cost them the Ashes.
12. Cameron Bancroft (44 runs at 11)
He was dumped after two Test of being tied by England players. However, he is an excellent fielder.
13. Usman Khawaja (122 runs at 20.33)
He is a senior batsman. He ran out of patience and was finally dumped in the fourth Test.
14. Travis Head (191 runs at 27.28)
He helped his team save the Lord’s Test. He, however, dried up when England aimed at his weakness to balls on stumps. Travis was dripped for the fifth Test and needed runs at the start of Shield season.
15. James Pattinson (69 runs at 23, 5 wickets at 33.4)
He plays more at home, Pattinson’s comeback to series by pace ace after more than three years out and surprisingly played at Oval.
16. Mitchell Starc (57 runs, on average, four wickets at 31.5)
He made the breakthrough at Old Trafford in his only game. Hard to assess him though he is good at bowling.