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Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for Australia After 2nd Test in Adelaide

Tim CollinsFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2013

Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for Australia After 2nd Test in Adelaide

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    In a series defining performance, Australia romped to a second consecutive hammering of England in Adelaide, securing a 2-0 lead in what is becoming a remarkably lopsided encounter.

    Riding a seismic wave of momentum, the home side amassed 570 in their first innings, before destroying their visitors in a fashion that is quickly becoming all to familiar for England.

    With the bat, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin were the standout performers, both registering magnificent hundreds, while Mitchell Johnson continued his destruction of England with one of the finest spells of fast bowling ever witnessed in Ashes cricket.

    So after another thumping victory, here are the player ratings from Adelaide for an emphatic Australia.

Chris Rogers

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    With the bat: 72, 2

    Rating: 6/10

     

    After a poor game in Brisbane, Chris Rogers displayed his gritty determination in Adelaide, grinding out a dogged 72 on the opening day of this second Test.

    Far from the most fluent of innings, the 36-year-old showed immense patience to drive Australia into a position of strength during the afternoon session.

    By utilising a combination of leg-side prods and effective cuts of anything wide, the veteran left-hander successfully resisted England's attack on a day that proved crucial to the outcome of the match.

    However, Rogers will be disappointed to fall victim to Graeme Swann again; the seventh time the off-spinner has claimed his wicket this year.

David Warner

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    With the bat: 29, 83*

    Rating: 5.5/10

     

    A rating of less than six is perhaps a little harsh on David Warner, given his free-flowing 83 not out in Australia's second innings.

    However, the punchy left-hander's dismissal on the opening morning of the match was an example of the flaws that still exist in his game. That he piled on the runs in the second innings at a time when his team were more than 400 in front does little to cover that up.

    While Warner remains one of the world's most dangerous batsmen, the still-maturing opener remains susceptible to rushes of blood bringing about his downfall.

    By racing to 29, the 27-year-old had set a platform for a critical first innings hundred, but an errant flash of the bat outside off-stump saw him tamely pop a simple catch to Michael Carberry.

    Warner needs to cash in on those promising starts if he's to be considered one of the world's best. 

     

     

Shane Watson

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    With the bat: 51, 0

    With the ball: 1/0, 0/6

    Rating: 5/10

     

    Shane Watson's performance in Adelaide was undoubtedly better than his poor showing in Brisbane, but the fundamental problem in his game surfaced again.

    The hard-hitting right-hander simply can't find a way to convert starts into big totals, again losing his wicket just after passing 50. In fact, Watson's downfall on the first day triggered Australia's stumble that temporarily allowed England into the game.

    The rash stroke that saw him dismissed without scoring in the second innings only reinforced his struggles with the bat.

    However, the all-rounder was important with the ball, bottling England's batsmen up to allow the team's spearheads to do the damage.

Michael Clarke

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    With the bat: 148, 22

    Rating: 9/10

     

    Michael Clarke continued his blistering form with the bat in Adelaide by compiling his second hundred of the series that drove the visitors into the ground on the Test's second day.

    Showcasing his sublime skill against the turning ball, the nimble-footed captain flayed Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar around the revamped Adelaide ground to set up a commanding victory for his side.

    Yet, Clarke's influence wasn't just felt with the bat.

    The proactive captain was again brilliant in the field, holding onto a number of superb catches, while astutely managing the workloads of his bowlers.

    The way he used Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon to dry England up, before unleashing Mitchell Johnson, was an indication of Clarke's conviction in his own methods.

Steven Smith

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    With the bat: 6, 23*

    With the ball: DNB, 1/43

    Rating: 3/10

     

    Steven Smith struggled for a second consecutive match, with his form in the middle-order one of the few concerns the home side own.

    Looking far from assured at the crease, Smith played all around a straight Monty Panesar delivery to depart for just six on the opening day.

    Like Warner, his calmer second innings counts for little given the match situation.

    Although he did claim the crucial wicket of Ian Bell during England's second effort with the bat, his bowling was largely scrappy in going for 6.14 runs per over.

    A turnaround in form over the last three Tests of the series will be needed from Smith if he's to retain his place in the side.

George Bailey

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    With the bat: 53, DNB

    Rating: 5.5/10

     

    George Bailey showed signs in Adelaide that he's capable of adapting to the rigours of Test cricket, scoring a smooth 53 in Australia's first innings.

    Yet, it must be acknowledged that Monty Panesar dropped a sharp chance off the right-hander when he was on just 10.

    Certainly, the slower wicket found in South Australia's capital was more suited to Bailey's preference to play on the front foot; something that he's not going to see in Perth for the third Test.

    However, the 31-year-old's scores are moving in the right direction, with Australia's newest face looking more comfortable with each innings.

Brad Haddin

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    With the bat: 118, DNB

    With the gloves: 2 dismissals

    Rating: 8/10

     

    Brad Haddin had little to do with the gloves for Australia, but his performance with the bat in the home side's first innings was another reminder of the strength of his character.

    England must be sick of the sight of Australia's wicketkeeper; the 36-year-old consistently scoring heavily when his team needs it most.

    On his favourite ground in world cricket, Haddin stroked his way to a brilliant 118, riding a definite degree of luck to punish a listless England outfit.

    His ability to get tough runs is one of the major differences between the two sides in this series.

Mitchell Johnson

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    With the ball: 7/40, 1/73

    With the bat: 5, DNB

    Rating: 9/10

     

    It was unthinkable that Mitchell Johnson could top his performance in Brisbane here at the Adelaide Oval.

    But that's exactly what he did.

    Simply devastating again, the savage left-armer tore the heart out of England's line-up, claiming a brutal 7/40 in the visitors' first-innings to effectively end the contest on the third day.

    The only thing shattered more than the stumps used in Adelaide were the spirits of England's players, as another breathtaking display from Australia's spearhead gave the home side an alarmingly sudden grip on the Urn.

Peter Siddle

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    With the ball: 1/34, 4/57

    With the bat: 2, DNB

    Rating: 7.5/10

     

    Peter Siddle's impressive work with the ball in this series has been overshadowed by Johnson's brilliance, but his value to this Australian side cannot be underestimated. 

    His unrelenting work ethic is ensuring that England can't escape from Australia's strangehold, setting a platform for Johnson's devastation at the other end.

    Incredibly economical in Adelaide again, Siddle claimed five wickets in the match, which included the capture of Kevin Pietersen on both occasions.

    Despite being considerably less spectacular, the Victorian has grown to become an indispensable member of this Australian team.

Ryan Harris

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    With the ball: 0/31, 3/54

    With the bat: 55*, DNB

    Rating: 5.5/10

     

    Ryan Harris had his quietest performance in Adelaide since returning to Australia's team, but the bustling right-armer still found a way to have an impact.

    Relatively ineffectual with the ball during England's first innings, Harris bounced back to claim three scalps in the tourists' second effort after Alastair Cook's men had managed to somewhat quell Johnson's threat.

    The 34-year-old also bludgeoned a rapid 55 not out to push his side to an insurmountable first innings total, thumping six fours and two sixes to humiliate a tired England outfit. 

Nathan Lyon

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    With the ball: 1/64, 1/78

    With the bat: 17*, DNB

    Rating: 5/10

     

    On a surface that did very little for the quicker men, Nathan Lyon will be a little disappointed in only claiming two wickets for the match.

    Although he was tidy, as he was in Brisbane, the off-spinner rarely looked threatening on a pitch that tends to be more suited to the tweakers.

    The puzzle for Lyon is that he appears to be bowling with more confidence in each and every match that passes, yet that hasn't resulted in a significant haul of wickets.

    With a fast and bouncy pitch expected in Perth, Australia's selectors may consider the option of playing four fast bowlers and leaving Lyon on the sidelines.

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