Australia vs. England: Ranking All 30 Players from the 2013/14 ODI Series

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

Australia vs. England: Ranking All 30 Players from the 2013/14 ODI Series

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    England’s ODI series against Australia is finally over, with the hosts prevailing 4-1 over their biggest cricketing rivals in a convincing victory.

    With these matches over and three Twenty20 internationals to follow on Wednesday, let’s take a look back and see how all the players stack up against each other based on their performances.

    Read on for a power ranking of both teams in this series.

     

    All stats courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.

30. Boyd Rankin

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    • 2 matches
    • 0 runs
    • 1 wicket; 89.00 average; 5.93 economy rate; 1-36 BBI

    After a thoroughly disheartening Test debut, Boyd Rankin would have been hoping to bounce back in the ODI series.

    Unfortunately, he could not turn things around and found himself usurped in the bowling ranks, possibly for good.

29. Mitchell Johnson

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    • 2 matches
    • 7 runs; 3.50 average; 6 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 131.00 average; 6.55 economy rate; 1-59 BBI

    After his exertions in the Test series, it was unlikely that Mitchell Johnson would hit those heights again so soon in the ODIs.

    So it proved, as Johnson was rested and rotated for the bigger challenges that lie ahead in his revitalised international career.

28. James Tredwell

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    • 3 matches
    • 2 runs, 2.00 average, 2* highest score
    • 0 wickets; 4.57 economy rate

    After the retirement of Graeme Swann from international cricket, this was James Tredwell’s big opportunity to show that he can step into the void as England’s No. 1 spinner.

    However, he was not able to stamp his authority on proceedings and may well have left the door wide open for another spin bowler in the summer.

27. James Pattinson

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    • 2 matches
    • 4 runs; 4.00 average; 4 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 104.00 average; 7.42 economy rate; 1-63 BBI

    One of the big positives from this series for Australia is the return to international cricket of James Pattinson.

    It is superb to see the 23-year-old back in his country’s colours, although things did not quite go as he had planned with the ball in his hand.

26. Shane Watson

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    • 2 matches
    • 0 runs
    • 1 wicket; 71.00 average; 6.08 economy rate; 1-35 BBI

    Without a run in his two matches in this series and with just one wicket, it’s fair to say that Shane Watson had a difficult time in the ODIs.

    Suffering from fatigue after a gruelling 2013, that is perhaps understandable for the Australian all-rounder.

25. Steven Smith

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    • 1 match
    • 19 runs; 19.00 average; 19 highest score

    There was just the one appearance in this series for Steven Smith in Perth, in what was his first ODI for over a year.

    His 19 came off just 16 balls but was in a losing cause, and while he showed flashes of what he can do, he will have been disappointed to be involved in Australia’s only defeat.

24. Joe Root

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    • 3 matches
    • 60 runs; 20.00 average; 55 highest score
    • 3 wickets; 19.00 average; 5.18 economy rate; 2-46 BBI

    More impressive with ball than bat, this was a difficult series for Joe Root that was vastly improved by his 55 in the final game.

    Once he has a settled position in England’s batting lineup, surely things will get easier for the young star.

23. Ravi Bopara

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    • 5 matches
    • 90 runs; 18.00 average; 25 highest score
    • 3 wickets; 37.66 average; 4.52 economy rate; 1-14 BBI

    With England’s Test batting lineup in a state of flux, Ravi Bopara would have wanted to use this series to prove that he can regain a place in five-day cricket.

    Unfortunately, despite playing every match, he failed to impress and wasted several good starts to his innings.

22. Matthew Wade

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    • 2 matches
    • 54 runs; 27.00 average; 31 highest score

    Brought into the side with Brad Haddin rested, Matthew Wade will have been desperate to show he still has plenty to offer in the international game.

    His time will come again, but this was not a particularly earth-shattering series for the 26-year-old.

21. Xavier Doherty

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    • 3 matches
    • 1 run; no average; 1* highest score
    • 2 wickets; 48.50 average; 3.59 economy rate; 1-28 BBI

    Still a difficult proposition in limited-overs cricket, Xavier Doherty bowled economically in conditions not necessarily conducive for spinners.

    He would have liked a few more wickets, however, and may find his place under pressure.

20. Dan Christian

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    • 2 matches
    • 23 runs; 23.00 average; 23 highest score
    • 3 wickets; 22.33 average; 5.58 economy rate; 2-52 BBI

    Another who came in as Australia rotated their players, Dan Christian had a decent, if unspectacular, series.

    Clearly a hard-hitting batsman, he bowled tidily and is a good player to have in reserve.

19. Alastair Cook

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    • 5 matches
    • 144 runs; 28.80 average; 44 highest score

    At times, England’s captain, Alastair Cook, looked exhausted and even spoke of giving up the ODI captaincy.

    It was a difficult series for him personally—not up to his usual high standards—but the win in Perth brought some light relief, and he showed glimpses of a return to form with the bat.

18. Chris Jordan

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    • 5 matches
    • 16 runs; 16.00 average; 10 highest score
    • 6 wickets; 42.16 average; 5.38 economy rate; 2-37 BBI

    A bright spot for England from this series was the development of Chris Jordan into a potent international bowler.

    Showing good control and the ability to swing the ball, he visibly grew during this series and may find himself with an outside chance at a Test place.

17. Brad Haddin

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    • 3 matches
    • 61 runs; 61.00 average; 35* highest score

    Only required to bat in two of the three games he played in this series, Brad Haddin still looked in good form, although he wasted a good start in Brisbane.

    He is clearly still Australia’s No. 1 wicketkeeper, and the question now is: How long he can continue before having to retire.

16. Gary Ballance

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    • 4 matches
    • 132 runs; 33.00 average; 79 highest score

    Just the one half-century for Gary Ballance in his first ODI series, but he remains one of the bright spots of this tour Down Under.

    He would have liked to push on rather than waste a good start to his innings, but Ballance has forced himself to the front of the queue and should be an international regular from now on.

15. Michael Clarke

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    • 4 matches
    • 102 runs; 25.50 average; 43 highest score

    Australia’s captain for four of the five games, Michael Clarke will be delighted to have masterminded a win in every game he played against England.

    He did not score as many runs as he would have liked, but a 4-1 triumph over their oldest enemy is not to be sneezed at.

14. George Bailey

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    • 4 matches
    • 108 runs; 36.00 average; 56 highest score

    George Bailey stood in as captain in the only game Australia lost and will have wanted to score more runs having lost his Test place.

    Still a crucial member of the Baggy Green limited-overs sides, Bailey will want to rediscover his form after an inconsistent series.

13. Glenn Maxwell

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    • 5 matches
    • 110 runs; 36.66 average; 54 highest score
    • 4 wickets; 42.75 average; 4.62 economy rate; 2-31 BBI

    Equally talented and frustrating, Glenn Maxwell is clearly a good player but needs to start delivering consistently.

    Criticised by coach Darren Lehmann for a rash shot in Sydney, Maxwell has all the ability in the world but you feel he can always be doing better to fulfil his potential.

12. Tim Bresnan

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    • 5 matches
    • 73 runs; 36.50 average; 41* highest score
    • 7 wickets; 36.85 average; 5.88 economy rate; 3-45 BBI

    England’s Mr. Reliable—Tim Bresnan—put a difficult Test series behind him to enjoy some good ODI performances.

    He always tries hard for his country, but his pace was still down on where it once was and he may find himself pushed down the pecking order in the future.

11. Clint McKay

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    • 3 matches
    • 3 runs; no average; 2* highest score
    • 6 wickets; 23.50 average; 4.86 economy rate; 3-36 BBI

    Still a very handy and consistent limited-overs bowler, Clint McKay performed well in two matches but struggled in the second ODI in Brisbane.

    Six wickets is still a good return, especially with a steady economy rate that shows he still has good control.

10. Ian Bell

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    • 5 matches
    • 207 runs; 41.40 average; 68 highest score

    Another who had a difficult Ashes series but showed improvement in the ODIs was Ian Bell, who looked very decent at the top of the order.

    He still needs to convert more of his ODI starts into centuries, having got into double figures on all five occasions, but there is hope that Bell can rediscover his form from years past.

9. Stuart Broad

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    • 3 matches
    • 12 runs; 6.00 average; 7 highest score
    • 5 wickets; 29.60 average; 5.28 economy rate; 3-31 BBI

    Still Australia’s pantomime villain, Stuart Broad did well again, having impressed in the Ashes.

    He bowled better than his figures suggest, and in the absence of James Anderson he took on the mantle of leading bowler well.

8. Nathan Coulter-Nile

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    • 5 matches
    • 39 runs; 19.50 average; 16 highest score
    • 10 wickets; 24.90 average; 5.08 economy rate; 3-34 BBI

    A very exciting fast bowler with bags of potential, Nathan Coulter-Nile showed in this series that if he gets a run of games he has the ability to cause problems.

    Ten wickets is a very impressive return for the youngster, who still has plenty of time to make a further impact on international cricket.

7. Ben Stokes

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    • 5 matches
    • 106 runs; 21.20 average; 70 highest score
    • 10 wickets; 24.20 average; 5.76 economy rate; 4-38 BBI

    England’s most successful bowler and a handy pinch-hitter at No. 3, Ben Stokes has shown on this tour that he is ready for regular international cricket.

    His 70 and 4-38 in Perth helped set up England’s only win, and it is already telling that when Stokes plays well, England play well.

6. James Faulkner

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    • 5 matches
    • 98 runs; 49.00 average; 69* highest score
    • 11 wickets; 25.45 average; 6.08 economy rate; 4-67 BBI

    Highly thought of in Australian cricket, James Faulkner helped his country win the second ODI with a brilliant 69 not out.

    Also the leading wicket-taker for the hosts, Faulkner has a great deal of ability and has shown adaptability to all forms of the game.

5. David Warner

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    • 3 matches
    • 154 runs; 51.33 average; 71 highest score

    Hard-hitting opener David Warner remains crucial for Australia and showed a good deal of maturity in his three games.

    Two half-centuries helped launch the hosts’ innings and helped them to a convincing series win.

4. Jos Buttler

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    • 5 matches
    • 163 runs; 40.75 average; 71 highest score

    Could Jos Buttler force his way into the Test side for the summer?

    On the strength of his performances here, quite possibly.

    Hard-hitting and fearless, Buttler’s strike rate of 135.83 was the best of all players, with his high run aggregate showing he is harnessing his power for crucial innings.

3. Shaun Marsh

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    • 4 matches
    • 177 runs; 59.00 average; 71* highest score

    Shaun Marsh celebrated his return to the Test squad with some superb performances in this ODI series.

    Whether opening or at No. 3, Marsh has shown himself capable of scoring plenty of runs at international level and will hope this can help him become a regular for Australia.

2. Aaron Finch

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    • 5 matches
    • 258 runs; 51.60 average; 121 highest score

    Two explosive centuries for Aaron Finch speak of a player more than capable of stamping his authority on international cricket.

    He will have been disappointed to not quite hit those heights in his other innings, but Finch is part of an exciting group of Australian batsmen who hit the ball hard and score plenty of runs.

1. Eoin Morgan

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    • 5 matches
    • 282 runs; 56.40 average; 106 highest score

    The leading run-scorer in the series, Eoin Morgan regained his berth as England’s best ODI player in style.

    His 106 in Brisbane may have been in vain, but Morgan showed the ability to take on every bowler and be successful and may yet force his way back into the Test squad.