06-01-2007, 03:34 AM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: All over the shop
Andrew Strauss - 3/10. Got some bad decisions, but was also guilty of throwing his wicket away on several occasions. We needed big opening partnerships, didn't get them.
Alastair Cook - 4/10. Century aside, didn't assert himself very well. Struggled with McGrath's line and length, was rarely in for long enough to face Warne.
Ian Bell - 6/10. Could have converted one or more of his starts into a century, but at least he got the starts to begin with. Proving himself to those who still don't believe he's good enough.
Kevin Pietersen - 9/10. What more could he have done? Was the only England player to put a high enough price on his wicket every time he went out to bat.
Paul Collingwood - 6/10. Outstanding double-hundred and a solid 96, but his only other contribution was a reliable pair of hands. Was arguably the key figure responsible for England's defeat at Adelaide after his 22* off more than 120 balls.
Andrew Flintoff - 4/10. Bowling lacked penetration, batting lacked application, should never have been captain.
Geraint Jones 1/10. The 1 is for his 33 at Brisbane.
Chris Read - 3/10. Kept very well, but needed runs. Didn't make them.
Ashley Giles - 0/10. For keeping Panesar out of the team.
Sajid Mahmood - 2/10. Took the odd wicket here and there. Was mostly terrible.
Matthew Hoggard - 7/10. Was about 30 times better than the rest of the bowling attack.
Steve Harmison - 3/10. 1/10 for the first two Tests, 5/10 thereafter.
James Anderson - 4/10. Struggled to maintain lines and lengths, but did take the occasional wicket.
Monty Panesar - 7/10. Should have played the whole series. Shame Fletcher didn't think so.
Might as well give them 10/10 each, really. Can't be bothered doing individual ones.