Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 4th Test in Melbourne

Freddie WildeContributor IDecember 30, 2013

Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 4th Test in Melbourne

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    Australia won the fourth Ashes Test by eight wickets and lead the series 4-0 with one match to play. 

    Here is Bleacher Report's individual breakdown of England's performance, marking each member of the playing team out of 10. 

    England's Average Rating: 3.27

    Click "Begin Slideshow" to found out which player got what.

Alastair Cook: 3

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    This was a bizarre Test for England’s captain.

    His 51 in the second innings was perhaps the most fluent innings of the whole match by an England player, and he seemed the only one capable of marrying defence and attack effectively. 

    However, the promise of that innings was overshadowed not only by the defeat, but by Cook’s fielding and captaincy on the final day of the match.

    Having dropped a straightforward catch at first slip, Cook marshalled England’s defence of 230 with little feel and some odd bowling changes.

    Sure, the total didn’t allow Cook much margin for error with his decisions, but they were well wide of the mark and England’s heads and spirits seemed broken just minutes into the first session.

Michael Carberry: 2

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    It was a difficult Test for England’s latest opener.

    His first innings was one we’ve seen often in the series so far—a solid start ended by an indifferent shot.

    His second was not too different in defence, but the runs of previous efforts were not there. Australia admittedly bowled very well to him and set restrictive fields, but it felt like a matter of when he would be dismissed, not if.

    Carberry will probably play in Sydney simply due to a lack of alternative options, but in the long-run he may be one of a number of fall-guys for what will probably finish as a 5-0 whitewash.

    He could live to rue the fact that he failed to capitalize on what seemed like good form earlier in the series.

Joe Root: 1

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    Two weak dismissals were particularly disappointing to see from one of the few batsmen to have shown more than a hint of competence during the series.

    In the first innings, a dangled bat to a probing away-swinger was a lazy shot, albeit induced by some good bowling.

    Either way, his second innings run-out was unforgivable and inexplicable. 

Kevin Pietersen: 7

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    A couple of ugly but understandably aggressive dismissals aside, this was a really impressive, revealing and pleasing Test match for Pietersen.

    Both innings demonstrated the fortitude, desire and fight many were questioning he possessed.

    He reined in his natural instincts on a pitch that was difficult to score on, and singlehandedly kept England in the game for as long as they were. 

    Any questions over his place in the side have been clearly answered. 

Ian Bell: 2

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    He got a good ball from Ryan Harris in the first innings, but did throw away another start.

    His second innings dismissal was the worst of the Test. If Pietersen had done the same, he would have been strung from one of the MCG floodlights by the media.

    It was a horrid shot, not befitting of the circumstances of the match or his innings. 

Ben Stokes: 4

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    Stokes showed fresh intent in both of his brief innings.

    The first time around, he was beaten for pace outside off stump. The second time, he chose the wrong ball to attack and was caught at mid-off.

    However, it was at least pleasing to see him not paralysed in a rut of defence, and instead playing his natural game.

    He bowled, again, with good spirit and aggression, and remains the only real positive of the series for England. 

Jonny Bairstow: 2

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    It’s hard to not feel sorry for Bairstow. He came into this game on the back of just three first-class innings and with very little keeping experience.

    He showed small glimpses with the bat of the potential that caught the selectors' eyes initially, but his keeping was showed up on the final morning when he failed to move for a catch that was clearly his.

    He kept relatively well in the first innings, though. There’s something to work with there, and it’s unfair to judge him too harshly considering his preparation.

Tim Bresnan: 3

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    Bresnan was excellent with the ball in the first innings, conceding just 24 runs in 18 overs. However, in the second innings, he went at an economy rate of 6.85.

    His batting too has declined steadily over time and justifications for his selection based on what he brings to the team with the bat are wearing thin. 

Stuart Broad: 4

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    Broad has been the most consistent of England’s players in this series. He hasn’t been brilliant, but he’s been pretty good, and that’s a heck of a lot better than most.

    In the first innings here, he was particularly frugal, but like the rest of the attack was punished in the second innings. 

James Anderson: 6

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    A pleasant return to form for Anderson, taking four wickets in the first innings and remaining economical in the second.

    He bowled with more energy than in Tests gone by and has given hope for the future of his career. There’s a strong case for him to be rested from the Sydney Test.

Monty Panesar: 2

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    A dismal Test for Panesar. He clearly wasn’t trusted by Cook, and when he did get given the ball, you could understand why.

    His action looked rusty and he lacked rhythm. He may have played his final Test match.