Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 3rd Test in Perth

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IDecember 18, 2013

Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 3rd Test in Perth

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    England have relinquished the urn with a whimper to a dominant Australia. It has been a tale of collective woe, but as ever, Bleacher Report has ranked the performances of each individual in the match. 

    It makes for harrowing reading for England fans. The average mark out of 10 is 3.3.

    Click "Begin Slideshow" to find out who got what.   

Alastair Cook: 4

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    The troubles for England’s captain did not cease in his hundredth Test. Rather, his miserable series continued.

    Admittedly, Cook did score a first innings 72, in which he resembled something close to his normal self.

    Then again his normal self always looks pretty scratchy.

    In any case, the highs of that innings were comprehensively outweighed by the lows that came with a second innings golden duck to a good delivery from Ryan Harris, and the relinquishing of the urn that followed two days later.

    Rarely has Cook taken so long and looked so despondent, dragging himself from the field.  

Michael Carberry: 2

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    A pattern of looking good for 30 and 40 before getting out is beginning to emerge for Carberry in this series.

    His first innings dismissal, dragging on when attempting to leave, looked unfortunate. However, it was an error in judgement.

    In the second innings, he was trapped lbw innocuously by Shane Watson in a dismissal which summarised feelings about Carberry thus far, as he managed to contrive a way of getting out when looking perfectly comfortable.   

Joe Root: 1

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    With two failures, this was Root’s worst Test of the series.

    He may well have been unlucky to have been given out in controversial circumstances in the first innings, but had only himself to blame in the second innings when he chopped down on a wide delivery from Mitchell Johnson and got a thin edge.   

Kevin Pietersen: 3

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    Pietersen got out for the 10th time in his career to Peter Siddle in the first innings when he was caught well at mid-on by Johnson.

    His dismissal in the second innings was the cause of much debate and discussion, but he got out playing in the manner that has brought him and England enormous success. It is natural that such a style will on occasion look terrible when it goes wrong.

    He played well for his 45, but ultimately failed to kick on and that’s not good enough for a senior player. 

Ian Bell: 4

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    Bell played brilliantly in the second innings for 60, offering support to Ben Stokes, but not for the first time in the series fell to a tame shot.

    His comical piece of fielding on the morning of the fourth day at least offered light distraction from his first innings failure. Like Pietersen, England need more from senior players such as Bell.

Ben Stokes: 8

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    A genuinely superb maiden Test century capped off a Test of further promise for the Durham all rounder.

    Circumstances won’t get much tougher than those in which he scored his hundred, and he did so with pugnacious aggression and chutzpah.

    His bowling also continues to impress as he bowls with pace and bounce. It’s early days, but Stokes could be the man to solve England’s long-running problems at No. 6. 

Matt Prior: 2

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    Prior kept really poorly and failed to make substantial runs.

    This tour has been a total disaster for England’s struggling keeper and it’s almost made worse by the fact England are so reluctant to drop him because of the absence of adequate replacements.    

Tim Bresnan: 3

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    It was a largely unsuccessful return to the side for England’s preferred third seamer.

    Bresnan seemed undercooked, especially in the first innings, but also fell into the trap of bowling too short and not targeting the stumps.

    He should prefer conditions in Melbourne.   

Stuart Broad: 2

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    Broad struggled in the first innings, going at over four runs an over.

    Like Bresnan—and, in fact, like the entire attack—he bowled too short. A searing yorker onto his boot all but ended his Test early.

    He may have struggled here, but Broad will be missed if he's not fit for Melbourne.   

Graeme Swann: 2

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    Went at over four runs an over in the first innings. Australia yet again played him excellently. In the second innings, he was only slightly better, but still looked nothing like the bowler he has been in the past.

    Australia's dominance of Swann has been central to their success.   

James Anderson: 2

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    This was a Test match that took you back to the old days when Anderson would be pummelled around by batsmen.

    He bowled nicely in the first innings, but in the second was the victim of a vicious George Bailey onslaught, conceding 28 in a single over and going at over five RPO.

    A harrowing Test for Engand's jaded and out of form attack leader.