Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 1st Test in Brisbane

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor INovember 24, 2013

Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 1st Test in Brisbane

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    Even the most fervent Australian fans would not have predicted such a demolition of England in the first Test. Apart from the initial two sessions of the match, Australia dominated proceedings in Brisbane and England will have a few days of serious introspection to work out how they can improve and make a comeback in Adelaide next week. 

    Bleacher Report has ranked the performances of all England's players in the first Test. 

    Click 'Begin Slideshow' to find out how they fared. 

Alastair Cook: 5

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    Match Stats: 13 & 65

    This will have been a harrowing Test match for England’s captain.

    Although he top scored in the second innings the impenetrable aura he possessed during his record breaking series of 2010/11 was not even suggested in his batting as he looked hesitant and nervous for much of his time at the crease.Albeit, with good reason; Cook will have been feeling the shock of this Test that threatens to change the relationship between these two sides - it was not just any victory for Australia, it was a seismic one.

    Considering the scale of the first innings deficit the effect Cook’s captaincy could have on the game was minimal. But in the first innings, yet again England let tail-end runs slip, and the partnership between Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson turned the momentum of the match.

Michael Carberry: 5

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    Match Stats: 40 & 0

    Carberry played relatively well in the first innings against some superb bowling, and in particular left the ball outside off stump nicely. However, a cunning change of angle from Johnson drew the shot and found the edge.

    Top-scoring, albeit in a low-total, was a promising return to the side. In the second innings Carberry was unlucky that the ball he had defended at his feet spun back onto the stumps.

Jonathan Trott: 1

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    Match Stats: 10 & 9

    This was one of the worst, if not the worst, Test of Trott’s career. It was not so much the lack of runs that made it so bad, rather the manner of his dismissals. Twice out to the short-ball, fending first time, hooking the second time; the mistake he started making in the English summer has become a habit, and Johnson will be sure to continue using the same short-ball tactics in the next Test. If Trott struggles similarly in Adelaide, there will be a case to leave him out for the Perth Test, where things will be even quicker, bouncier and more hostile than Brisbane.

Kevin Pietersen: 3

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    Match Stats: 18 & 26

    Not quite the 100th Test celebrations Pietersen would have had in mind. He fell into a conspicuously laid plan in the first innings; clipping straight to short-midwicket, and played an instinctive hook shot to get out in the second.

    The aggressive hook shot looked glaringly stupid at the time but taking such deliveries on is in Pietersen’s nature; whether the match situation dictated it is another matter, but either way, it was poor execution, not shot-selection, that got him out.

Ian Bell: 3

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    Match Stats: 5 & 32

    Bell fell timidly in the first innings to a ball that bounced slightly more than expected from Nathan Lyon, but second time around looked in excellent touch and played some hostile short balls very well, ducking and weaving with style and panache.

    However, eventually the barrage proved too good for even the most technically gifted of batsmen, and Bell was dismissed by a snorter from Peter Siddle.

Joe Root: 3

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    Match Stats: 2 & 26, 0-5 & 0-57

    Root’s first Test since moving back down to number six was not a good one. His flashing blade to a wide half-volley in the first innings was perhaps the worst shot of the match considering the scale of the collapse at that point. He hung in admirably in the second innings, but Root’s struggles compounded a terrible Test match for England’s middle order.

Matt Prior: 1

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    Match Stats: 0 & 4

    A terrible Test for England’s wicketkeeper. Both Prior’s dismissals to Lyon were lazy batting. His keeping was okay, but it is the batting that will worry England. Since his match-saving hundred in Auckland, Prior has a highest score of 47 in 15 innings at an average of 15.00. A big Test is needed.

Stuart Broad: 9

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    Match Stats: 6-81 & 2-55, 32 & 4

    A superb Test match for Broad, and the perfect riposte to the bizarre media campaign ran against him. Booed at the top of his run, and jeered during his walk to the wicket, Broad clearly thrives on such hostile atmospheres. His bowling on the first morning was hard to fault.

Graeme Swann: 2

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    Match Stats: 0-80 & 2-135, 0 & 0

    A poor Test for England’s premier spinner. Although Australia remains the final frontier for finger spin bowlers, it will concern the England management that he was out-bowled by Lyon and the Australian batsmen rotated the strike against him with ease.

    The number of overs bowled by Root in the second innings demonstrated his ineffectiveness. Recorded a pair with the bat topped off a miserable few days for Swann.

Chris Tremlett: 6

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    Match Stats: 1-51 & 3-69, 8 & 7

    Not a bad Test for England’s third-seamer. There were plenty of questions raised over Tremlett’s selection, and although he didn’t bowl with the pace that many believe he’s capable of, he offered the control that Tim Bresnan would’ve had he been fit. Tremlett didn’t do anything remarkable, but he did a job. He certainly isn’t the bowler he was a few years back, but more than a lack of pace—which, if you look at his 2010/11 speeds, is a bit of a myth—he just seemed to lack the venom and hostility of days gone by. If Bresnan is fit for Adelaide, Tremlett will miss out.

James Anderson: 5

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    Match Stats: 2-67 & 0-73, 2 & 2

    A benign Test from England’s attack-leader. Anderson’s two wickets were relatively innocuous and although he bowled with control, the threat he often poses with the new ball was not so evident. The pitch was flat however, and Anderson will, riled by the aggressive sledging on the final day, come back hard in Adelaide.