England secured a series-levelling win at The Oval to give themselves a springboard.
But did fast bowler Bob Willis and England captain assess the gamers? Inform us whether you concur with Bob’s ratings on Twitter @SkyCricket…
Rory Burns – 8/10
390 runs @ 39.00
His hundred at Edgbaston gave him the assurance to combat on – and he had it since it seemed that he might get bombed out from the Australia quicks. Not only has his batting but he’s become a slip catcher also. He’s done a grand job.
Joe Denly – 7/10
@ 31.20 runs
He’s put in a operation, ducking and diving and carrying lots of blows to the body. He seemed quite shaky early on in the show, particularly and sometimes appeared to be providing slip-catching practice to Australia. He was then handed later the purchase was moved down, the poisoned chalice to go up and open. I believe he did especially well to adapt to this place.
Joe Root – 6/10
325 runs @ 32.50; three wickets @ 40.66
It has been a tough show for Joe. He had been expected to lead the group in addition to England’s batting but he had been let down a good deal by his batsmen and the back-up seam . He didn’t convert enough fifties into hundreds. He’s determined to continue as captain following what I would describe as a series that was satisfactory but not.
Ben Stokes – 9/10
441 runs @ 55.12; eight wickets @ 45.25
He made two centuries – among them miraculous – and also some heroics with the ball. After Root, he is definitely the greatest batsmen of England although to be on a par with Ian Botham he’s going to need to enhance his wicket-taking abilities. The Headingley century will go down in folklore. He could not have done a lot more.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10
214 runs @ 23.77; one stumping , 19 captures
He fails to convince. His average is labouring in the thirties and that he didn’t register a score topping out at 52. His wicketkeeping is fine – that there was some work but a few mistakes – if they need if England opt for one more specialist batsman Buttler or him to have the gloves, but that the England selectors face a tricky decision later on.
Jos Buttler – 5/10
@ 24.70 is run by 247
He was up-and-down the order. He had been a tiny luxury for a specialist batsman going at number seven but then with the a variety of injury problems and the dropping of Jason Roy he travelled back up the order. He looks most comfortable when he’s batting with the tail and also can up himself to bat at one-day style. He still has a lot to do in terms of returns in Test match cricket – one century at 36 matches is not good enough.
Sam Curran – 6/10
32 runs @ 16.00; 3 wickets @ 22.66
The group hung around and was overlooked before finally getting an opportunity. He induced Steve Smith some issues straight away. He could be on pitches abroad remains to be seen because he didn’t do much in Sri Lanka and the West Indies. We wait and see whether he will be part of their winter plans. There were encouraging signs although he disappointed with the bat.
Chris Woakes – 5/10
120 runs @ 20.00; 10 wickets @ 33.10
He began the series following his amazing acts against Ireland in the Lord’s Test as though he could be among England’s leading bowlers – especially after James Anderson’s injury – but Joe Root appeared to drop faith in him a telling seam bowler and that he slipped down the pecking order. He wouldn’t be at the side if James Anderson was match. He had a return together with the bat and bowled a number of overs.
Jofra Archer – 9/10
22 wickets @ 20.27; 48 runs @ 6.85
Jofra has been a revelation. It’s a pity he could not play in the first Test because he might have made a difference to this result. His speed was outstanding in Lord’s, his deliveries particularly to Smith and Labuschagne. A number of his spells will adhere long in the memory. He is a brilliant addition to the assault of England. We’re told that he has not made his best since yet although the only real con is his ability with the bat so much.
Jack Leach – 7/10
12 wickets @ 25.83; 54 runs @ 13.50
After the batting against Ireland opening he performed innings against Australia – seeing Stokes although only failing to save the day at Old Trafford. He showed great bravery and immersion . Moeen Ali for now has been overtaken by him as England spinner although the jury might be out on his bowling. I think he’s had a fairly good time .
Stuart Broad – 9/10
23 wickets @ 26.65; 61 runs @ 12.20
His bowling the left-handers, against the Australian top-order, has been mind boggling. David Warner posed a huge danger but did not get moving – that was down into Broad. Without his old mucker Jimmy Anderson, he chose the role of bowler unfailingly. I think that the fact he was not involved in the white-ball cricket. It’s a pity he has sunk to number 11 from the batting but his bowling was absolutely impeccable.
Jason Roy – 3/10
110 runs @ 13.75
It was clear to me and most observers that Roy wasn’t a Test match opening batsman however, the selectors wanted to give him a fair crack of the whip. He was castled on times for played off from his body too often and was caught in the slip cordon. It was a return and slip catches also dropped. I really don’t think we will see him again in the near future at England Test match colours.
Craig Overton – 6/10
Two wickets @ 53.50; 26 runs @ 13.00
We did see that speed although he was selected at Old Trafford for his speed – but it was a slower Old Trafford pitch than usual. His job was to bowl although he did a sterling job with the bat in the innings revealing obdurate defence and he was not around the mark.
Moeen Ali – 3/10
Five conducts @ 2.00; three wickets @ 57.33
Moeen was showing signs of straining at the seams through the World Cup along with his wretched form continued to the Ashes and that also he was rightly dropped after a game – his confidence gone with bat and ball.
James Anderson – 5/10
No wickets; seven runs @ 7.00
It was a shame that he did not feature beyond his four overs in Edgbaston from the Ashes. I expect he will be back in the winter. It will be good to see him bowling with Archer and Broad.
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