9 – Stuart Broad: Bowled brilliantly when he got on a roll, match figures of 11-121 are nothing to be sniffed at, but he didn’t bowl particularly cleverly early on in Australia’s second innings. When he bowls with his head he is one of the best in the world.
9 – Ian Bell: First innings dismissal was poor to say the least, but the way he batted in the second innings was a joy to behold. He is now definitely in the form of his life and has just passed 500 runs for the series.
Without Bell England wouldn’t have had a prayer in this series, three centuries and two half-centuries speak for themselves. He should’ve got man-of-the-match ahead of Broad, in my opinion, because without him England would definitely not have won.
8 – Tim Bresnan: He was almost replaced by Graham Onions, but I reckon England are glad they didn’t. He hit the best lengths of all the England bowlers and deserved more reward. His 2nd innings 45 was a real game changer.
7 – Graeme Swann: Four wickets in the match, Swanny was always a threat to the Aussie batsmen. His role with the bat was also crucial.
6 – Kevin Pietersen: In both innings KP looked fluent and ready to score big runs, the only problem was that he didn’t kick on.
His second innings wicket was a bit naive, and having been removed twice by Lyon he is certainly going to try and hit him out of the park at the Oval.
5 – Alastair Cook: Grinded out 51 first innings runs, but his second innings dismissal was very loose.
Also, I didn’t like his captaincy as he seemed to follow the ball a lot, and went defensive too quickly for my liking.
5 – Jonathan Trott: Looked at his fluent best in both innings, but was once again unable to kick on.
He has been found out by the Australian bowlers which is a credit to them, but also to him, as it shows how important other teams see him as being.
4 – Jimmy Anderson: Couldn’t seem to muster much movement with the ball, but again delved deep to pick up a couple of scalps.
3 – Jonny Bairstow: Went into his shell in the first innings, but looked back to his best second time around, before he gave his wicket away.
3 – Matt Prior: Stunning catch to remove Rogers on the third morning, but was unable to muster anything of note with the bat.
3 – Joe Root: As Bairstow, Root has withdrawn into his shell playing very few shots and getting stuck. He needs some runs to rebuild his confidence.
9 – Ryan Harris: The best Aussie bowler on the tour struck gold again with another brilliant performance with both bat and ball.
He walks away from Durham with nine wickets, included Test best figures of 7-117, he always seems to threaten the bat, and if he stays injury free he will lead the Australian attack for a while.
Also his first innings 28 gave Australia real impetus for the second innings.
8 – Chris Rogers: Batted beautifully to notch up his maiden Test century in the first innings, and followed it with an important 49 second time around.
He digs very deep does Rogers, and his fight is honourable, he lives by the Aussie batting principle “It’s not how, its how many”
8 – Dave Warner: 71 in the Aussie chase was great to watch, and he couldn’t do much about the ball that eventually removed him.
7 – Nathan Lyon: Took crucial wickets whenever Australia needed them. He seems to have cast a spell over Pietersen who looks too complacent and cocky in always wanting to hit him out the park.
7 – Shane Watson: Batted well, and battled hard for his first innings 68. His injury will bring trouble to the Australian ranks as they look like losing their economy bowler.
5 – Jackson Bird: Bowled quite well at times, but ended up leaking pressure from one end while Harris put it on at the other.
4 – Peter Siddle: Worked hard, but without much reward this time around.
4 – Brad Haddin: Not his finest hours with the bat but he continues to keep very solidly.
4 – Michael Clarke: I love his sharp, clever captaincy, but his batting has left a lot to be desired in this series.
3 – Steve Smith: Didn’t do anything of note throughout the whole match.
2 – Usman Khawaja: Gets fits and starts but is never able to make anything of them. Bring back Hughes?
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