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

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IDecember 9, 2013

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

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    England have lost the second Ashes Test match by 218 runs and trail Australia 2-0 in the five-match series. 

    Breaking down the performances of England's team, Bleacher Report takes a look at each individual and ranks their performance out of 10 to help create a better image of just where things went wrong for Alastair Cook's men. 

    Click Begin Slideshow to find out how they fared. 

Alastair Cook: 1

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    3 & 1

    An utterly miserable Test match for England’s captain, this was his joint third worst Test in terms of total runs scoredand to compound his statistical misery, the shot he got out to in the second innings was so reckless it was almost beyond belief.

    Hooking Mitchell Johnson, with a deep fine leg positioned for exactly that shot, is not the tone to set as captain nor the tone to set in the beginning of an attempt to bat for two days to save a Test match.

    Admittedly, in the first innings, he received a seriously quick and menacing delivery from Johnson, but all the same he did miss it by a considerable distance.

    Throughout the Test, Cook seemed lost in the field and although his post-match calls for England’s players to "look into their soulssound suitably serious, he appeared shell-shocked and haunted in the interviews.

    Some have claimed they felt Matt Prior was almost captaining the team in Australia’s second innings. 

Michael Carberry: 5

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    60 & 14

    Following a strong start in Brisbane, this was another promising showing from England's new opening batsman.

    In the first innings, he played with restraint amongst the wreckage of the top order but could not resist pulling a short delivery from Shane Watson straight to David Warner following a sequence of maidens.

    He did finish as the innings' second top scorer, however. Second time around Carberry fell to another attacking shot, this time pulling straight to Nathan Lyon in the deep. It was a poor shot considering the circumstances. 

Joe Root: 7

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    15 & 87

    Following his first innings failure, criticism of Root mounted in light of his promotion to No. 3 that some people immediately ruled a failure.

    However, his 87 in the second innings was a superb effort and he displayed all the attributes needed from a Test No. 3. Indeed, Root's success in the second innings, much like Ian Bell's in the first, demonstrated that it is possible to succeed against this Australian bowling attack.

Kevin Pietersen: 5

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    4 & 53

    In the first innings, Pietersen played an irresponsible and reckless shot to get out, exacerbating the stupidity of doing so when he played excellently with restraint and caution in the second innings.

    His 53 was pivotal in supporting Joe Root and he was unlucky to get out when a ball he had defended spun back on to his stumps.

    However, with Jonathan Trott at home, Matt Prior in poor form and Alastair Cook with the captaincy to worry about, it was Pietersen to whom many were looking for a big performance. He'll be disappointed that he didn't give one but may enjoy the pace and bounce of Perth.

Ian Bell: 7

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    72 & 6

    His first innings 72 was the first demonstration of an England player truly coping with Mitchell Johnson's pace.

    He was a spectator amidst the wreckage of the first innings collapse yet seemed to be playing a different match to his team-mates. With caution and care, Bell compiled his innings wonderfully before cutting loose as his partners diminished.

    His bizarre proclivity to get out to Steven Smith's full tosses, as he did in the second innings, is both frustrating and alarming in equal measure.

Ben Stokes: 4

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    1 & 20, 2-70, 0-20

    A tough and nebulous Test debut for all-rounder Ben Stokes. He was the first victim of the dream Mitchell Johnson spell in the first innings, but batted with admirable durability and restraint in the second innings before falling to Harris. 

    His bowling was impressive on the whole and he demonstrated the ability at least to hold up an end, especially in the second innings when he was economical. 

    Whether he plays in Perth may depend on decisions regarding the rest of the team. He does offer balance to the side, however, and will certainly play again even if it isn't in Perth.

Matt Prior: 6

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    0 & 69

    When he came to the crease in the second innings, there's an argument to be made that Matt Prior was playing for his career.

    Having made a duck in the first innings—following his four runs in the first Test—there was enormous pressure on England's wicket keeper, even if the match was dead.

    His fighting 69 has most probably done enough to secure him his spot in the third Test—but only just.

    Ultimately he failed when it really mattered in the first innings and his keeping was notably poor in Australia's first innings. It should be noted, however, that he led the field well in the second innings, as Cook became an increasingly peripheral figure as the match wore on.

Stuart Broad: 6

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    0 & 29, 3-30, 0-19

    Another solid showing from the increasingly consistent Stuart Broad. As Anderson's performances continue to dwindle, the Nottinghamshire man is looking ever more like the attack leader.

    His three wickets in the first innings were all batsmen and he remained economical throughout the match.

    Broad looked the least jaded of England's three main bowlers. He batted well in the second innings until playing a reckless shot to get out.

Graeme Swann: 3

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    7 & 6, 2-151, 0-31

    Another below-average Test for Graeme Swann.

    He was expensive in both innings and bowled with little control. This pitch was supposed to help the spinners more, hence the inclusion of Panesar, but Swann was probably outbowled by his partner and didn't look particularly threatening throughout. 

James Anderson: 2

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    0 & 13, 1-85, 2-19

    Only two matches into this series and Anderson looks alarmingly jaded and tired.

    His pace is down on his norm and so is his nip, but at least he retained his control. It's too early to write Anderson off yet, and the bounce and pace of Perth will help him out, but these are concerning times for England's premier paceman. 

Monty Panesar: 3

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    2 & 0, 1-157, 1-41

    Lacked control in the first innings and remained expensive throughout but mainly because of occasional bad balls rather than consistently poor bowling.

    When he let it go right, he gained notable purchase and his trademark flight and dip appeared on a couple of deliveries.

    England will only play one spinner in Perth and Panesar will be unlucky that it will not be him as the management will stick with the premier spinner, Swann.