Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 5th Test in Sydney

Freddie WildeContributor IJanuary 6, 2014

Ashes 2013/14: Player Ratings for England After 5th Test in Sydney

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    England's Ashes humiliation was completed on Sunday as they plummeted to defeat in Sydney and a 5-0 series defeat. 

    Looking back at the Sydney Test, Bleacher Report breaks down the performance of the England team individually and assesses how each player fared—giving them all marks out of 10. 

    Click Begin Slideshow to see how they did.

Alastair Cook: 0

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    It was the nadir of the tour for England's captain. 

    Cook was out cheaply in both innings and captained with little imagination or control. 

    Questions will inevitably be asked about his future as England captain, but despite this shambles of a tour, it appears he will keep his job largely because of the lack of alternative options.

Michael Carberry: 2

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    Many were surprised that Carberry was playing in this match and indeed when he fell for a first innings duck, doubts only increased. 

    However, he top-scored in the second innings before playing a terrible shot to get out. 

    Carberry's international future appears to hang by a thread with his age counting against him, despite this series being a relative success in comparison to most of his team-mates. 

Ian Bell: 1

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    Bell has occasionally shown glimpses of his Man of the Series-winning form from the previous Ashes in this series, but it has all petered out into something fairly miserable. 

    His continued insistence on playing a guided late cut, despite little success on bouncier wickets where he can't get on top of the ball, is bizarre. 

Kevin Pietersen: 0.5

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    Like Bell, this was a torrid Test for Pietersen.

    He appeared jittery and rushed when batting, and in neither innings made it to double figures. 

    Four overs of bowling earn him his half point.

Gary Ballance: 1.5

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    It's very hard to judge Ballance too much on the evidence of this Test, considering he played so little first-class cricket in the lead up to the Test.

    However, he did show promise in the first innings, showing guts and fight to battle hard against Australia's brilliant bowling. Ultimately, though, he scored one double figure score; 18, then seven in the second innings.

    It's a start. Nothing more than that.

Ben Stokes: 7

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    Yet again, Stokes was the stand-out performer for England.

    His 47 and 32 were two scores of substance among very little else. He continues to bowl fast and with intensity not seen nearly as often in his team-mates.

Jonny Bairstow: 1

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    It was another disappointing Test for England's new wicket keeper. A second innings duck followed 18 in the first innings and some distinctly average keeping throughout the Test. 

    Matt Prior may return sooner than expected.

Scott Borthwick: 2

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    Borthwick's three wickets in the second innings flatter to deceive.

    In both innings, he bowled with little control and offered no real wicket-taking threat. He failed both times with the bat. 

    This was a horrible match in which to make a debut as a spinner. That fault lies with the management.

Stuart Broad: 6

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    Broad had another solid Test match, taking two wickets in both innings and bludgeoning some runs during the final rites. 

    Broad's series has not been too bad overall; he is the only player along with Ben Stokes who end the series with their reputations intact.

James Anderson: 4

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    Anderson bowled well with little reward during the Test.

    Since Melbourne, he has definitely had more intensity and energy in the field and when bowling. Thoughts that his career might be over after this series are knee-jerk reactions. There's still enough there for Anderson to revisit happier days.

Boyd Rankin: 1

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    It was a horrific debut for England's tall seam bowler.

    Having broken down injured in the first innings twice and going wicket-less, Rankin didn't appear match fit or in any kind of rhythm.

    He was slightly better in the second innings and took his first Test wicket; sadly, at the age of 29, that wicket may also, perhaps unfairly, be his last.