Report card on Australia’s series in UAE

Feb 01 2019 Published by under 深圳桑拿网

HOW AUSTRALIA FARED IN THE TEST SERIES AGAINST PAKISTAN.

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MICHAEL CLARKE (capt)

* Runs: 57 at 14.25

* Wickets: 0-24

* Blames himself for series loss for not making big scores and partly right on that count. But 11 dropped catches and lifeless pitches didn’t help his bowlers.

* Rating: 3/10

CHRIS ROGERS

* Runs: 88 at 22.00

* Solid in first Test. Failed twice in second Test. At 37 he can’t afford many more bad Tests.

* Rating: 3/10.

DAVID WARNER

* Runs: 239 runs at 59.75

* With a hundred in the first Test and a half-century in the second, Warner is a star. Has enjoyed showing the spinners who’s boss on turning pitches.

* Rating: 8/10

ALEX DOOLAN

* Runs: 5 at 5.00

* His run out in first Test was a poor effort which sparked criticism from Warner. Showed nothing in second innings and was dropped. Faces battle to regain spot.

* Rating: 1/10

GLENN MAXWELL

* Runs: 41 at 20.50

* Wickets: 0-78

* Reached 37 in second Test before playing wild shot which didn’t please coach Darren Lehmann. Was thrown in deep end at No.3 then but has potential at Test level.

* Rating: 3/10

STEVE SMITH

* Runs: 174 at 43.30

* Wickets: 3 at 48.33

* Scored a half-century in both Tests and was a delight to watch against the spinners, which suggests he has the game to take on all comers on all surfaces. Was under-bowled.

* Rating: 7.5/10

MITCHELL MARSH

* Runs: 164 at 41.00

* Wickets: 0-110

* Struggled on debut in first Test but his double of 87 and 47 in second Test was a morale-booster for Australia in a one-sided series. Barring injury, he is going places.

* Rating: 7/10

BRAD HADDIN

* Runs: 45 at 11.25

* Showed a ton of courage to bat with a badly bruised shoulder in second Test, but didn’t have an impact on series.

* Rating: 3/10

MITCHELL JOHNSON

* Runs: 98 at 24.50

* Wickets: 6 at 29.50

* On pitches that were low and slow, taking away his main advantages, the express left-armer was a constant threat. Also batted well in first Test.

* Rating: 7.5/10

PETER SIDDLE

* Runs: 47 at 15.66

* Wickets: 2 at 108.50

* Claimed only two wickets but wasn’t as bad as average suggests. Will appreciate a return to Australian pitches and regularly bowled at high 130s pace.

* Rating: 3.5/10

MITCHELL STARC

* Runs: 2 at 2.00

* Wickets: 2 at 71.00

* Another pace bowler who struggled to get breakthroughs. Had a tough time against Misbah during his record-equalling hundred off 56 balls.

* Rating: 3/10

NATHAN LYON

* Runs: 19 at 6.33

* Wickets: 3 at 140.66

* Could reasonably have been expected to have dominated like Pakistan’s spinners did, but posed no problems. Would’ve preferred Australia to bat first, bowl last.

* Rating: 2/10

STEVE O’KEEFE

* Runs: 6 at 6.00

* Wickets: 4 at 54.75

* Perhaps unlucky to be dropped after being Australia’s leading wicket-taker in first Test, but Maxwell was seen as better value as an allrounder. Next Test a while away.

* Rating: 5/10.

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