Cricket: Ranking Australian Cricketers After India Tour
The Australian cricket team returned from Indian shores called by many as the 'worst team' to have ever left the shores.
The 4-0 drubbing was a fair reflection of the difference (not on paper but actual performance) between the two teams.
While one can say that the team did not have the services of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, the Indian team also had similar retirements (Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman).
The fast bowlers (other than James Pattinson) could not do much on the Indian pitches that helped spinners while the think-tank did not know which spinner they wanted to play!
In this confusion, it was a surprise to see Glenn Maxwell at the top of the bowling charts from the Australian side. This must have thrilled Maxwell no end, but he will admit that he did not do well in his main role (batting) first.
Let us then look at the top five players who did well from the Australian team on the Indian series.
The Australian captain did his best in the series by starting off with a century.
But, very soon, things started going downhill both for Michael Clarke and his team.
Clarke would become a bunny to the left-arm spin of Ravindra Jadeja in the rest of the tests, while Australia's performance did not match the standards of the first test.
The 'homework-gate' was another incident that will remain in public memory for long.
Without four of his front-line players, Clarke's team had all to lose in the third test. And lose they did.
Clarke's back problem flared up and he would not play the last test.
A performance that Clarke would like to forget in a hurry.
Peter Siddle, on his second tour to India, showed his perseverance on pitches that were unhelpful to him.
Even if it was the last over of a humid day, Siddle was always running in with all his energy.
If Siddle can get two more of his kind to partner him consistently, Australia's bowling will jump back quickly.
Siddle's batting in the last test was a revelation as well.
Nathan Lyon must have felt that he graduated during this tour as he picked up 15 wickets.
Though Lyon was dropped from the second test, he showed that he had learnt his lessons from his tryst with the Indians in the first test.
The ball he bowled to get Sachin Tendulkar will remain in memory for a long time.
Lyon has been the front-line spinner in the Australian squad for a while and this performance has shown that he definitely belongs there.
After this experience, Lyon will surely improve by the experience gained.
Steven Smith must have been surprised when he was picked in the Australian squad to tour India.
His tour got better when he got a chance to play in the test, thanks to the fiasco on the homework activities.
Smith grabbed the opportunities that came his way and made it difficult for the team to leave him out in the last test.
Playing as if it was his last chance, Smith played spin with a refreshing mindset and showed semblance of a fight whenever he was at the crease.
His tour got better when he took the wicket of the Master, Sachin Tendulkar, with his part-time spin.
With nine wickets in the three tests he played, James Pattinson was surely the pick of the Australian team.
There was no respite for the Indian batsmen whenever Pattinson was bowling.
With his pace and accuracy, Pattinson troubled the Indian batsmen and made them play out his spell patiently.
If he can keep himself free from injuries, Pattinson is definitely one to look out for.