Out of 10 - The Player Performances
Rate the players out of ten, with a brief reason.
MEK Hussey: 9.5/10. Almost perfect. When dismissed, it was by some brilliant deliveries
RT Ponting: 9/10. Started brilliantly but just fell away slightly towards the end. Great captaincy and fielding.
MJ Clarke: 8/10. A much improved player to what we saw in 2005.
A Symonds: 6.5/10. Did well in his 3 tests. Grabbed a couple of vital wickets and really punished England with power hitting.
ML Hayden: 7/10. Had quite a few starts but should've had more 50+ scores, I feel.
SK Warne: 8/10. Took 17 less wickets but was apart of a stronger, more even bowling attack. I daresay, he wasn't at his brilliant best 100% of the time, but still wowed us with what made him great.
AC Gilchrist: 8/10. Did a great job with the gloves and scored the fastest Ashes century ever, backing up with some fifties. Did get trapped in the way he did in 2005, however.
JL Langer: 6.5/10. Much as the same as Hayden. Played with a lot of aggression at the start, though. More so than Hayden, IMO.
B Lee: 7/10.Came back well after a dismal start to get 20 wickets at 33 and average 21 with the bat
SR Clark: 9/10. Near faultless as Australia's best bowler. Was under bowled by Ponting yet still took the most wickets.
DR Martyn: 3/10. If he played the entire series, it's entirely possible he may have made a century or two. In the two matches he played, he was great to watch but got out far too early.
GD McGrath: 8.5/10. Brilliant start to the series with the 6fer, but faded slightly like Ponting did with the bat. He still had the goods though, making a lot of English batsmen look hopeless.
KP Pietersen: 8/10. Scored the most runs for England but continued to get out to oafish shots. People discussing that he should bat at 4. IMO, if Vaughan is still out of the side, he should perhaps be given a shot at 3.
PD Collingwood: 8/10. Was similar to Ponting. A double century is no easy task in Australia for a touring batsman, but should bat at 5 perhaps.Fielded particularly well, too.
IR Bell: 7/10. Was good without being great. 4 half centuries, but no 100's.
A Flintoff: 5/10. So much was expected of him and he just didn't seem to cut it. Showed signs of his dominant bowling form from last years Ashes but couldn't keep it up all the time. Didn't seem to be either here or there with his batting, bowling or captaincy.
AN Cook: 5/10. Could have achieved so much more. Scored a fine century and got a couple of starts and will be thankful that McGrath has retired, otherwise he would have been his new bunny.
AJ Strauss: 4/10. Extremely disappointing tour for him, one feels. Had quite a few starts, some bad umpiring decisions and batted with an almost breezy attitude.
AF Giles: 1/10. So ineffective with the ball. I'd hazard a guess his test career is over now. He did, however, add a lot to team spirit in the field.
CMW Read: 4/10. Kept very cleanly but batted horrendously. Averaged less than Giles with the bat. 'nuff said.
GO Jones: 2/10. Averaged less than Read and wasn't as tidy with the gloves.
SJ Harmison: 3/10. Very poor tour. Though he came back well, his 10 wickets at 61 weren't a pretty site, apart from the 4-48 he took which was quite a good bit of bowling.
MS Panesar: 6/10. Why wasn't he in the side from the start? Attacked in his bowling which was reflected by his E/R.
JM Anderson: 2.5/10. Bowled well in his final test but overall was wayward.
MJ Hoggard: 9/10. Despite his high bowling average, he was by far England's best bowler and player. gave it his all and really did trouble the batsmen.
SI Mahmood: 2/10. Under bowled. But when he did bowl, it wasn't pretty. I can see the potential he has, but he desperately needs a bowling coach (or a better one, if he has one).