Eng­land match rat­ings

The Cricket Paper - - FIRST TEST -

Alas­tair Cook

Faced just 23 balls for nine runs. Loose dis­missal on third evening set tone for Aus­tralia to dominate. Wor­ry­ing. 4/10

Mark Stone­man

De­cent first-in­nings half­cen­tury and gutsed it out late on day three against Aus­tralia’s quicks. Good signs. 7/10

James Vince

Un­able to fol­low up fine first-in­nings 83, but has al­ready sur­passed sub­ter­ranean ex­pec­ta­tions. More of the same, please. 7/10

Joe Root (c)

Funky shift Smith fields but could cap­taincy not proac­tive. Must con­vert half-cen­turies if this se­ries is to be a con­test. 6/10

Dawid Malan

Looked good against the quicks and first-in­nings 56 was en­cour­ag­ing. But needs to find a way to play Nathan Lyon’s spin. 6/10

Moeen Ali

Shocker with the ball. Looked good with the bat but fail­ure to kick on af­ter two starts dis­ap­point­ing. 5/10

Jonny Bairstow

De­cent be­hind the stumps and with bat on the fourth day but Aus­tralia psyched him out on the field. 5/10

Chris Woakes

Fig­ures of 1-113 tell their story. Down on pace and no move­ment. Gritty with bat in sec­ond in­nings but had a poor Test. 4/10

Stu­art Broad

Bowled bril­liantly and bat­ted bravely in first in­nings. Eng­land need more of the same through­out the se­ries. 8/10

Jake Ball

Shocker. Was he to­tally over his an­kle in­jury? Was tooth­less apart from David Warner’s firstin­nings wicket. 3/10

James An­der­son

Ev­ery­thing Eng­land needed their record all­time wicket-taker to be: threat­en­ing, miserly and in Aus­tralian faces. 8/10 CHRIS STOCKS

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