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Marks out of 10: How England’s players fared in their ODI series against Australia

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

Following the conclusion of England’s three-match ODI series with Australia, here are Wisden‘s marks out of 10 for the hosts.

Jonny Bairstow 8/10

196 runs @ 65.33, HS: 112

Bairstow was the leading run-scorer in the series, taking on the responsibility as the rest of the England top order found life difficult. His hundred in the third ODI was all the more extraordinary considering he had yet to face a ball before Jason Roy and Joe Root were dismissed.

Jason Roy 3/10

24 runs @ 8, HS: 21

The opener failed to find form having recovered from injury ahead for the series, with just 24 runs totalled in three innings. He looked as if he was on his way to a substantial score when he reached 21 in the second ODI, but a sharp throw from Marcus Stoinis put a halt to that knock.

Joe Root 5/10

40 runs @ 13.33, HS: 39 | 2 wickets @ 23, BBI: 2-46

A slow 39 on a tricky surface was the best it got for Root in what has been a lean summer for England’s Test skipper. He stood out more with the ball, removing David Warner and Mitchell Marsh in the third ODI with his offies.

Eoin Morgan 6.5/10

88 runs @ 29.33, HS: 42

England’s captain was unable to turn any of his starts into a big score, but it was his captaincy that stood out once more, particularly in the second ODI, when he used Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes perfectly to manufacture a magnificent comeback. The call to use Adil Rashid for the final over a game later didn’t pay off, though.

Jos Buttler 2/10

12 runs @ 4, HS: 8

After a magnificent run in Tests and T20Is, the England keeper was brought back down to earth with three single-figure scores. He was also unable to hold on to a tough but crucial chance in the final ODI, when Glenn Maxwell edged behind off Adil Rashid.

Sam Billings 7.5/10

183 runs @ 61, HS: 118

Showed that he belongs at the international level with his maiden ODI ton in the first match, and he finished strongly with a 58-ball 57 that included a monster six over midwicket off Mitchell Starc.

Moeen Ali 3/10

6 runs @ 6 | 0 wickets

Having failed to pick up a wicket in his one and only match, he finished the summer with just one international scalp, while he could only offer 6 in the chase alongside Sam Billings.

Chris Woakes 8.5/10

6 wickets @ 22.83, BBI: 3-32 | 89 runs @ 44.50, HS: 53 not out

A strong all-round series to cap off an excellent summer for the 31-year-old. He hit a brilliant half-century in the third ODI and was unlucky not to be Player of the Match in the second ODI, when his three wickets tore through Australia’s hopes of victory.

Adil Rashid 6/10

4 wickets @ 47.50, BBI: 2-55 | 51 runs @ 51, HS: 35 not out

Took some tap in the final two ODIs, with Glenn Maxwell coming out on top in an enthralling battle on Wednesday. Still, he helped rescue England’s innings in the second ODI in a pivotal partnership with Tom Curran.

Tom Curran 6.5/10

0 wickets | 56 runs @ 28, HS: 37

While he didn’t take a wicket in the series, the elder Curran was excellent in England’s win, contributing a match-winning 37 before conceding just 28 in 10 overs in a low-scoring thriller.

Jofra Archer 7.5/10

7 wickets @ 21.57, BBI: 3-34

Expensive in the final ODI but produced one of the finest performances of his England career in the second ODI, taking three wickets with hostile pace.

Mark Wood 6.5/10

3 wickets @ 31.33, BBI: 3-54

Wood’s pace was up and he was amongst the wickets in the first ODI, taking two top-order wickets before he returned later in the innings to dismiss a set Mitchell Marsh. He was economical in the final ODI but couldn’t provide the key middle-overs breakthrough that was required as Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey changed the game.

Sam Curran 7/10

3 wickets @ 11.67, BBI: 3-35 | 1 run @ 1

Came in for the second ODI and lived up to his golden arm reputation by removing Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in consecutive deliveries at a crucial junction.


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