Eng­land match rat­ings

The Cricket Paper - - THE ASHES SECOND TEST - CHRIS STOCKS

Alas­tair Cook

When Eng­land needed him to get a big score he failed to de­liver. Out twice to Nathan Lyon, a wor­ry­ing sign for the rest of the se­ries. 4/10

Mark Stone­man

Bat­tled well in both in­nings and showed much-needed ag­gres­sion in the sec­ond. Start­ing to look at home at this level. 6/10

James Vince

Had a shocker, caught twice be­hind the wicket. Also charged into Cook, who dropped Marsh. One more Test to save his Eng­land ca­reer? 1/10

Joe Root (c)

Poor de­ci­sion to bowl first ul­ti­mately cost his team and de­spite com­posed knock dur­ing the chase was again un­able to con­vert. 5/10

Dawid Malan

Showed grit com­po­sure and spirit de­spite fail­ing to post a big score. Like Stone­man, he is start­ing to look at home at this level. 6/10

Moeen Ali

Poor with both bat and ball. Time to move down the or­der to seven? His failure to make any im­pact with his off-spin is hurt­ing Eng­land badly. 3/10

Jonny Bairstow

Kept well and could do lit­tle to pre­vent de­feat on the fi­nal day de­spite bat­ting well for his 36. It’s time to pro­mote him up the or­der. 6/10

Chris Woakes

Good with the bat in the first in­nings and poor with the ball. Fan­tas­tic with the ball in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings, tak­ing 4-36. 6/10

Craig Over­ton

Fine de­but, tak­ing four wick­ets, a good catch in the deep to dis­miss Tim Paine on day four and also scored use­ful firstin­nings runs. 8/10

Stu­art Broad

Bowled well through­out the match with­out much re­ward but kept the pres­sure on Aus­tralia’s bats­men. 7/10

James An­der­son

How did he not find the right length on day one? Sen­sa­tional in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings to take his first five-wicket haul in an away Ashes Test. 8/10

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