A look at how players from England and Australia performed during the Fifth Test of The Ashes finale. Who were the stand-out performers for both nations? Have your say in the comments box provided!
8 – Kevin Pietersen: KP was back to his best in this match, grinding out his second slowest Test 50 in the first innings, before blitzing the Aussie bowlers second time around, to take England to the verge of victory.
8 – Matt Prior: Prior finally came out of his awful run of form with a brilliant knock of 47 on the final morning. He kept solidly, and I think he would’ve taken his side over the line, had bad light not interfered.
7 – Stuart Broad: Broad almost single-handedly won the game at Durham, and once again at the Oval he was instrumental in England’s assault on a 4-0 scoreline. He took four second inning wickets to stop Australia setting a totally unobtainable total.
7 – Jimmy Anderson: England’s 'King of Swing' took four wickets in the first innings to peg Australia back at key times. On the downside, he wasn’t particularly effective once a batsman got in.
7 – Ian Bell: The Man of the Series by an absolute mile batted solidly for 45 in the first
innings, and looked to be taking his side over the line in the second, before being superbly run-out.
7 – Joe Root: Grafted very hard for 68 runs in his first knock, before giving it away. He can’t be blamed for his second innings wicket, due to the state of the game.
7 – Graeme Swann: Smashed the ball to all parts when England needed it, and also took important wickets at key times, including that of Chris Rogers once again.
7 – Jonathan Trott: Like Root, he grafted hard for his first innings runs, and then looked in fantastic touch in England’s chase. A good omen for the ODI Series, I think.
5 – Alastair Cook: His captaincy still leaves a bit to be desired, and his batting has been
pretty poor this series, a trait epitomised by his waft outside off-stump to be out in the first innings.
5 – Chris Woakes: The Warwickshire man batted well alongside Bell, but his bowling lacked penetration.
3 – Simon Kerrigan: It was a nightmare debut for the Lancashire spinner, who was smashed around the park throughout the first innings, and didn’t bowl from there on in.
10 – Shane Watson: He may not have been at his best in this series, but he was still the
second highest run scorer. That was mainly thanks to his stunning 176 on Day One at the Oval, he smashed the ball to all parts, and by not allowing the new bowlers to settle he made it much easier for the players coming in after him.
10 – Steve Smith: The frenetic Smith also batted magnificently in the first innings. His maiden Test century was brought up with a straight six off Trott, and it seems to have
solved Australia’s middle order problems.
8 – James Faulkner: The One-Day specialist finished with six wickets from his debut Test match, and contributed massively to setting up the game for a dramatic finish. His batting showed real One-Day flair, but it was his bowling which really showed class.
8 – Ryan Harris: Harris once again troubled England’s batsmen throughout, and his batting is so enjoyable to watch. He leaves this Test with 34 runs and four wickets, but he will also be pleased to complete four matches on the trot.
7 – Mitchell Starc: Australia’s best reverse swing bowler got the ball to do a lot late
in the first innings, but was a little wayward when it didn’t seem to be doing anything.
5 – Michael Clarke: He needs to take great credit for setting the match up in the way
that he did, but his batting once again failed.
5 – Peter Siddle: He may not have taken any wickets in the match, but he was still more threatening than Starc.
5 – Chris Rogers: Joined in an important partnership with Watson on the first morning, but continues to be under the spell of Swann.
5 – Nathan Lyon: Didn’t cause too many problems on a flat Oval pitch, but kept one end tight to build pressure at the other.
4 – Dave Warner: There was nothing particularly noteworthy about Warner’s match, apart from some banter which he took from the crowd.
4 – Brad Haddin: He continues to prove himself as a world class keeper, but both of his dismissals were very similar and quite naive for someone who has been around for as long as he has.
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