Justin Langer - 5/10. Scored runs at Brisbane, but in a somewhat streaky fashion, and was quiet thereafter. Dropped catches at Sydney too. Probably made the correct call to go.
Matthew Hayden - 7/10. Got better as the series progressed and tonned up massively in Melbourne to effectively win the match. As safe a pair of hands as ever.
Ricky Ponting - 9.5/10. Loses .5 of a mark as his batting has dipped in the dead rubber tests. Before then he was utterly imperious with the willow and his captaincy, whilst still a bit conservative, has vastly improved.
Michael Hussey - 9/10. What can you say? Unfussy, simple batting but so effective. A criminal sahme he'll probably only have half a career.
Damien Martyn 2/10. Two average games & then jumped before the blade came down to end his test career. Slightly hurried & shabby way to end it for mine.
Michael Clarke 8/10. Seized his chance with both hands and looks now destined for the greatness he's always had in him. Shot-selection potentially his only weakness.
Andrew Symonds 6/10. Impressive & sizeable ton at the MCG, all the more so because he'd looked predictably all at sea at Perth. Nipped out a couple of vital wickets, but his bowling hardly above fill in at test level.
Adam Gilchrist 7/10. Sensational century & a couple of useful 50s, but clearly not the force he was. Kept well to Warne.
Shane Warne 7/10. As with Gilchrist, not the player of even 18 months ago, but his interjections have been crucial: his bowling won a game it had no right to in Adelaide & his uncomplicated, clean slogging took the game from us at the SCG.
Brett Lee 6/10. The weakest of Australia's seamers by a way and still to expensive. Bowled well in Sydney, but others had done the hard yards for him.
Stuart Clark 9.5/10. Loses the .5 because he didn't take a 5-for. Mesmeric & metronomic. The ball he bowled down the leg side at the SCG was remarkable because it was possibly the first bad ball he'd bowled. Just as McGrath chunters off into the sunset Australia have found his bowling doppleganger who's quicker & 5 years younger. Thanks God...
Glenn McGrath 8/10. Speaking of the old bastard...Clearly not the artist's prime & down on pace, but still unerringly accurate. Played 5 tests with his body almost palpably creaking.