Marks out of 10: How England’s players fared in their T20I series against Australia
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England’s players are marked out of 10 after their 2-1 T20I series victory against Australia.
Jonny Bairstow 4/10
72 runs @ 24, SR: 116.12, HS: 55
Another quiet T20I series for the ODI destroyer, who has now had a pair of single-figure scores alongside a single significant contribution in each of his last three series. His third-game fifty was scratchy but valuable, but he loses half a point for one of the clangers of the summer in the chase.
Jos Buttler 9/10
121 runs @ 121, SR: 145.78, HS: 77*
Universe Jos at it again. A rapid 44 that fooled everyone into thinking the pitch was a belter in the first game, and then an unbeaten 77 to show his virtues as an opener and finisher all in one innings.
Dawid Malan 7/10
129 runs @ 43, SR: 138.70, HS: 66
Those slow starts are becoming less of an issue, since Dawid Malan seems to almost always make up for them. He ended with a strike rate higher than Buttler in the first T20I and gave him good company in the second. Even though he was lopped off for 21 off 18 in the third game, that still left him with England’s third-best strike-rate in the innings. He’s gone from vying with Tom Banton for a reserve slot, to competing with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow for a starting berth up top.
Tom Banton 2/10
12 runs @ 4, SR: 60, HS: 8
Three games and three slow failures. Tom Banton has slipped down the pecking order considerably after his brilliance against Pakistan.
Sam Billings 2.5/10
4 runs @ 4, SR: 100, HS: 4
Only got one game to show what he could do, but with middle-opportunities few and far between, Billings will be disappointed not to have make it count.
Eoin Morgan 3.5/10
12 runs @ 6, SR: 133.33, HS: 7
He can’t do it every time, and a couple of single-figure scores can happen to anyone in this format; at least he didn’t stick around too long either time. Gets a point for his captaincy in the first game.
Moeen Ali 5.5/10
38 runs @ 19, SR: 115.15, HS: 23, 0 wickets, ER: 7.33
Now needing to be judged just as a batsman, this was a good series for Moeen after his Pakistan resurrection. While he couldn’t quite get going in the first or last games, his 20-odd to end the series gave England half a chance. In the second game, his 13 off six was exactly the kind of knock Australia lacked in the first and third matches.
Joe Denly 5/10
29 runs, SR: 152.63, HS: 29*
In a way, did what was asked of him as a finisher in the third game, finishing on 29 off 19. But three of his four boundaries came fortuitously, via successive inside and outside edges, which makes his performance hard to evaluate. Should have had a wicket too. We’ve plumped for a five.
Adil Rashid 8.5/10
6 wickets @ 12.50, ER: 6.25, BBI: 3-21
Controlled the run rate and struck regularly. None of the Australians looked comfortable against him, and the happy knack of striking with the last ball of his spell helped too. In the running with Jos Buttler for England’s player of the series.
Mark Wood 6.5/10
3 wickets @ 31.33, ER: 7.83, BBI: 1-25
Two powerplay wickets and a vital scalp towards the end in the first game. Bowled as quickly as he ever has.
Jofra Archer 6/10
3 wickets @ 32.33, ER: 8.81, BBI: 2-33
Bowled just fractionally slower than Mark Wood, was fractionally less incisive, and fractionally more expensive, so gets a fractionally worse score.
Chris Jordan 5.5/10
2 wickets @ 41, ER: 8.63, BBI: 2-40
Helped finish off the comeback in the first game expertly before being smoked in the second game. Did his level best to haul the Aussies back in the dead rubber, but couldn’t quite manage to.
Tom Curran 5.5/10
1 wicket @ 81, ER: 7.36, BBI: 1-23
Did just enough in the last over of the first game, despite the balls themselves being a mixed bag, and played his part in trying to haul Australia back in the final clash.
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