Se­ries rat­ings

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket - By Tim Wig­more


Eng­land’s big win­ner of the se­ries. A thrilling, un­in­hib­ited tal­ent who may yet tempt Eng­land to shuf­fle Jos But­tler down the or­der so they can squeeze him in.

At his as­sertive best in the sec­ond T20, but scores of two and a duck book­ended his se­ries. Long-term slot is No 3, not open­ing.

Ex­cel­lent un­de­feated 54 in the sec­ond T20 steered an im­pres­sive chase, but rel­a­tively slow starts re­main a bar­rier to be­ing in Eng­land’s first-choice XI.

In to­tal com­mand as bats­man and cap­tain. At­tack­ing from the on­set of his in­nings, he leads where he wants his team to fol­low.

Re­deemed a ter­ri­ble start to the sum­mer with a sub­lime 61 from 33 de­liv­er­ies, with four sixes, in the fi­nal game that al­most se­cured a 2-0 se­ries vic­tory.

Use­ful 26 from 24 de­liv­er­ies in the fi­nal in­ter­na­tional, but missed the chance to make a more sub­stan­tive score to push his claims.

De­spite two sweetly struck bound­aries in the fi­nal game, Gre­gory may not be quite in­ter­na­tional stan­dard with bat or ball. May have played his last game for Eng­land.

On thank­less sur­faces, Jor­dan was Eng­land’s most eco­nom­i­cal bowler, in an­other re­minder of his T20 nous and ex­pe­ri­ence and ce­ment­ing his spot in the strong­est XI.

Bowler renowned for his vari­a­tions too of­ten de­scended to the way­ward. Lack of pace means that Cur­ran must con­stantly evolve.

Im­pres­sive in the sec­ond T20, but bereft of con­trol in the fi­nal game, leak­ing 40 runs from three overs.

Eng­land be­lieve in Mah­mood’s ca­pac­ity to de­velop into a “top and tail” quick in the powerplay and at the death, but he re­mains a work in progress.

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