Australia vs. England: Ranking All 28 Players from the 2013/14 T20 Series

Chris Teale@@chris_tealeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

Australia vs. England: Ranking All 28 Players from the 2013/14 T20 Series

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    Finally, England’s tour of Australia is at an end, with the tourists having been whitewashed 3-0 in the Twenty20 international series.

    England fans will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that the torture is over, but before we can look forward to new challenges for both teams, let’s take a moment to reflect on the T20 series.

    There were plenty of players used by both teams, but how did they rank against each other?

    Read on for a power ranking of both sets of players from the three T20 matches.


    All stats courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.

28. Jade Dernbach

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    • 3 matches
    • 6 runs; 3.00 average; 100.00 strike rate; 5 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 141.00 average; 12.81 economy rate; 1-50 BBI

    Jade Dernbach, England’s Twenty20 specialist, will be delighted this series is over after he got a shellacking from Australia’s batsmen.

    For all his variation, Dernbach was hammered all over Australia by the rampant hosts, and some may question if his international future is now in doubt.

27. Danny Briggs

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    • 1 match
    • 0 runs; no average; 0* highest score
    • 0 wickets; no average; 13.25 economy rate

    One of England’s hopes for the future, Danny Briggs played just once in this series and got thumped.

    Making his solitary appearance in the first match in Hobart, Briggs saw his four overs disappear for 53 as Australia racked up 213.

26. Ben Stokes

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    • 1 match
    • 5 runs; 5.00 average; 125.00 strike rate; 5 highest score
    • 0 wickets; no average; 12.00 economy rate

    Just the one game for Ben Stokes, who was the brightest spot on a painful tour.

    However, just five runs and no wickets is a disappointing showing for the Durham man, although he will definitely have chances to impress in the future.

25. Luke Wright

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    • 3 matches
    • 17 runs; 5.66 average; 70.83 strike rate; 9 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 18.00 average; 18.00 economy rate; 1-18 BBI

    It was a difficult series for Luke Wright, who failed to score runs and bowled just one over despite being regarded as an all-rounder.

    He had promised much after a decent spell in the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Stars but could not replicate his form in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.

24. James Tredwell

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    • 1 match
    • 0 runs; 0.00 average; 0 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 37.00 average; 9.65 economy rate; 1-37 BBI

    Another to play just once, James Tredwell struggled in Melbourne against two batsmen in form.

    He will have wanted to have more impact, for sure.

23. Michael Lumb

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    • 2 matches
    • 27 runs; 13.50 average; 128.57 strike rate; 18 highest score

    Making a return at the top of the order, Michael Lumb looked good in the BBL but not in the internationals.

    He will have wanted to build England a better platform at the top of the order but failed twice.

22. Moises Henriques

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    • 1 match
    • No batting statistics
    • 2 wickets; 18.00 average; 12.00 economy rate; 2-36 BBI

    Another to appear just once was Australian Moises Henriques, who played in Hobart only.

    Two wickets is a decent return, but he was a little on the expensive side and was promptly replaced as Australia rotated heavily.

21. Tim Bresnan

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    • 3 matches
    • 43 runs; 14.33 average; 107.50 strike rate; 18 highest score
    • 2 wickets; 46.50 average; 8.45 economy rate; 1-11 BBI

    The hard-working Tim Bresnan had little respite on this tour but showed some fight.

    He never lets anyone down with his performances, but his pace still looks well down on where it once was.

20. Alex Hales

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    • 3 matches
    • 44 runs; 14.66 average; 133.33 strike rate; 22 highest score

    The No. 1 Twenty20 batsman in the world, Alex Hales promised much but failed to deliver.

    Twice he made a good start but then was removed, and while he is still key for this England team, he needs to convert more starts into big scores.

19. Brad Hodge

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    • 2 matches
    • 7 runs; 7.00 average; 100.00 strike rate; 7 highest score
    • 0 wickets; 10.00 economy rate

    Arguably the best story of the tour was the return of 39-year-old Brad Hodge to Australian colours after a six-year absence.

    He only got to bat once and will have wanted to make more than seven runs, but perhaps his international prospects have been revived just in time for the ICC World Twenty20.

18. Daniel Christian

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    • 2 matches
    • 6 runs; 6.00 average; 150.00 strike rate; 6* highest score
    • 1 wicket; 35.00 average; 8.75 economy rate; 1-14 BBI

    The muscular Daniel Christian appeared just twice but showed some potential.

    Perhaps unlucky to be bowling in a time when Australia’s resources are on the deep side, Christian is another who works hard and never lets anyone down.

17. Eoin Morgan

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    • 3 matches
    • 44 runs; 14.66 average; 162.96 strike rate; 34 highest score

    After such a successful One Day International series, much was expected of potential England captain Eoin Morgan in the Twenty20s.

    Unfortunately, he failed to deliver despite an impressive strike rate.

16. Matthew Wade

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    • 3 matches
    • 19 runs; no average; 190.00 strike rate; 19* highest score

    As Australia’s wicketkeeper for these games, Matthew Wade only needed to bat once and did well.

    His 19 not out came in Sydney as Australia built their total of 195-6, and otherwise Wade was tidy and consistent with the gloves.

15. Chris Lynn

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    • 2 matches
    • 33 runs; no average; 173.68 strike rate; 33* highest score

    A new face in Australia’s team for the first time, 23-year-old Chris Lynn showed great promise in his one innings of the series.

    Making 33 not out in Hobart as Australia went past 200 comfortably was a good effort on debut, and he surely has a bright future in all forms of the game.

14. Jos Buttler

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    • 3 matches
    • 50 runs; 16.66 average; 100.00 strike rate; 22 highest score

    Jos Buttler, England's wicketkeeper, made two starts but got out twice in a disappointing series.

    He may have looked tidy with the gloves, but he will have wanted to do so much more with the bat, especially with the position in flux in the Test team.

13. Ben Cutting

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    • 1 match
    • 29 runs; 29.00 average; 181.25 strike rate; 29 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 18.00 average; 6.00 economy rate; 1-18 BBI

    Promoted to No. 4 in Sydney in his only appearance, Ben Cutting showed he is a clean hitter as well as a tidy bowler.

    It was an encouraging performance from the 27-year-old, who hammered three sixes as Australia gathered momentum in their innings.

12. Glenn Maxwell

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    • 3 matches
    • 36 runs; 12.00 average; 144.00 strike rate; 20 highest score
    • 3 wickets; 22.66 average; 8.50 economy rate; 2-31 BBI

    Sharp as ever in the field, Glenn Maxwell did well in relatively limited opportunities as other teammates overshadowed him.

    He still frustrates at times, given his obvious talent, but Maxwell is a superb player in limited overs and should surely be a fixture for Australia for years to come.

11. Chris Jordan

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    • 1 match
    • 10 runs; no average; 83.33 strike rate; 10* highest score
    • 1 wicket; 23.00 average; 5.75 economy rate; 1-23 BBI

    After such an impressive ODI series, it was no surprise that Chris Jordan was drafted in for the third T20 in Sydney.

    He looked very tidy with the ball and was one of only four players to reach double figures for England, so it capped what has definitely been an encouraging winter for the Sussex seamer.

10. Joe Root

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    • 3 matches
    • 61 runs; 20.33 average; 103.38 strike rate; 32 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 13.00 average; 13.00 economy rate; 1-13 BBI

    It has been a long winter for Joe Root, who still managed to make some runs in this series.

    He will have wanted to push on and reach a big score, but Root will surely be much-improved when he has a fixed position in the batting order.

9. Ravi Bopara

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    • 3 matches
    • 75 runs; 37.50 average; 174.41 strike rate; 65* highest score
    • 1 wicket; 38.00 average; 7.60 economy rate; 1-26 BBI

    Could this be the series that helped return Ravi Bopara to international cricket on a regular basis?

    Time will tell, but the only man to reach a half-century for England will be hoping this can restart a stuttering career at the highest level.

8. Mitchell Starc

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    • 2 matches
    • No batting statistics
    • 2 wickets; 13.50 average; 4.26 economy rate; 1-8 BBI

    Mitchell Starc returned from injury in this series, and he showed he is close to his best with two decent bowling performances.

    If he can stay healthy, Australia will be desperate to have him in their team as much as possible based on his displays here.

7. Stuart Broad

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    • 3 matches
    • 33 runs; 16.50 average;137.50 strike rate; 18* highest score
    • 4 wickets; 21.00 average; 7.63 economy rate; 3-30 BBI

    Perhaps the most exhausted man on England’s Twenty20 team after a long, long tour, Stuart Broad still showed a great deal of desire and ability in this series.

    England’s leading wicket-taker as well as coping with the strains of captaincy, he is one of only a few to leave Australia with his reputation enhanced.

6. Josh Hazlewood

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    • 2 matches
    • No batting statistics
    • 4 wickets; 19.00 average; 9.50 economy rate; 4-30 BBI

    Young Josh Hazlewood looked incredibly handy in this series.

    His 4-30 in Melbourne was crucial in restricting England’s batsmen, and the 23-year-old will surely play an even bigger role in Australia’s teams as he improves and develops.

5. James Muirhead

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    • 3 matches
    • No batting statistics
    • 4 wickets; 16.00 average; 6.40 economy rate; 2-13 BBI

    Based on this series, Australia may well have unearthed another quality leg-spinner in the form of James Muirhead.

    He coped well with the demands of international cricket despite having played just two first-class matches and may well find himself fast-tracked into more Australian teams in the future.

4. Aaron Finch

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    • 3 matches
    • 92 runs; 30.66 average; 146.03 strike rate; 52 highest score

    With a continuation of his good form in the ODIs, Aaron Finch blitzed England’s bowlers and set the platform for big scores.

    A terrifying prospect at the top of the order for opening bowlers, Finch has been dominant in limited-overs cricket—it is easy to forget he has only been playing for his country since last year.

3. Nathan Coulter-Nile

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    • 3 matches
    • No batting statistics
    • 7 wickets; 11.42 average; 6.66 economy rate; 4-30 BBI

    Having impressed in the ODIs, Nathan Coulter-Nile kept up his form with a superb showing in the T20s.

    Bowling with good pace and showing the ability to swing the ball, Coulter-Nile regularly took wickets and did well in keeping England’s run rate down.

2. George Bailey

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    • 3 matches
    • 123 runs; 123.00 average; 198.38 strike rate; 60* highest score

    George Bailey, Australia’s captain, looked in imperious form as he played two superb innings in the middle order.

    On both occasions, his runs were key in helping Australia maintain their quick scoring and build big innings, and despite his dropping from the Test team he looks in good form.

1. Cameron White

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    • 3 matches
    • 174 runs; 87.00 average; 139.20 strike rate; 75 highest score

    Returning to the format where he once captained Australia, Cameron White seems to be peaking at just the right time for the ICC World Twenty20.

    Enjoying a renaissance at the top of the order, White looked determined to make up for lost time, and with two half centuries in the first two games, he could well be back permanently.