10 to one: the Ashes series player ratings

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Cameron Bancroft 4: 179 runs @ 25.57 Started series well but output gradually diminished. Manner of dismissals in last two Tests will be concern for selectors for South Africa. No standout replacement in Sheffield Shield may help him get reprieve but under huge pressure.

David Warner 7: 441 @ 63, 1 x 100, 3 x 50 Steady rather than spectacular on lifeless tracks that did not suit. Batted well in Brisbane run chase but did not hit his straps until after series was won.

Usman Khawaja 6: 333 @ 47.57, 1 x 100, 2 x 50 Played some handy innings without going big until Sydney. Vital to ‘s chances in South Africa in order to protect Steve Smith from new ball.

Steve Smith 10: 687 @ 137.4, 3 x 100, 2 x 50 Outstanding series by world’s best batsman. Won matches and saved them in Melbourne. Was difference between the two sides. Challenge is to do it against swinging ball. Captaincy served well by excellent attack.

Shaun Marsh 9: 445 @ 74.16, 2 x 100, 2 x 50 Career-best series for veteran who thought his time was up. Knocks in Brisbane, Adelaide crucial to victories. At 34, every series could be his last so pressure back on in South Africa.

Mitchell Marsh 7: 320 @ 106.66, 2 x 100, 0 wickets Took big step forward after mid-series recall. If he plays well against Proteas pace aces he becomes a long-term lock. Bowling should improve as he builds to full fitness.

Tim Paine 8: 192 @ 48, 1 x 50, 25 catches Test bolter who justified selection with bat and gloves. Turned match in Adelaide and keeping always strong. Can make job his for a few years but another who needs to backup against Proteas.

Mitchell Starc 9: 22 wickets @ 23.54 Top series for left-arm pace ace, whose express pace was worry for England’s brittle tail. Despite strong numbers, still feel he had another gear left in him.

Pat Cummins 9: 23 wickets @ 24.65 Put injuries behind him in debut series at home to be ‘s most consistent quick. Numbers did not do him justice even though he was leading wicket-taker in series. Scored crucial runs in lower order.

Nathan Lyon 9: 21 wickets @ 29.23 Capped off banner 2017 with excellent Ashes campaign. Claimed vital wickets and defended when required to give quicks relief. Talked big game before series and delivered in spades.

Josh Hazlewood 8: 21 wickets @ 25.9 Wasn’t at best early coming back from injury but his key breakthroughs in first two Tests swung matches in ‘s favour. Matched Cummins, Starc for pace. So important to balance of attack.

Peter Handscomb 3: 62 @ 20.66, Lost place in team before third Test after England gave his unorthodox technique a going over. Has been involved with squad since axing, which suggests he remains next cab off rank. Likely to tour South Africa but seems way off returning to XI.

Jackson Bird 2: 0 wickets Lacked penetration in Melbourne but harsh if cards were to be marked on that deck. But his wicketless performance shows how important it is for to keep top three together.Likely to tour as spare quick. ENGLAND

Mark Stoneman 4: 232 @ 25.77, 2 x 50 Showed plenty of fight but 50s did not cut it on pitches that demanded triple figures when set. Did enough to warrant another series but questions remain over Test credentials.

Alastair Cook 6: 376 @ 47, 1 x 100 Epic knock in Melbourne saved his series but it was the only time he passed 50. England needed him to make big scores regularly. Still crucial to his team given lack of batting alternatives.

James Vince 3: 242 @ 26.88, 2 x 50 Looked the goods for decent periods then got out nicking off over and over again. Problem is shots that deliver him most runs consistently brought his downfall. England needs to make changes and he looks the one to make way.

Joe Root 6: 378 @ 47.25, 5 x 50, 2 wickets at 39 Difficult series for England captain whose inability to convert 50s into 100s was magnified by Smith’s dominance. Gave his all but leadership undermined by poor discipline and an attack that lacked bite and depth. Finished last series dumped, this one ended with him sick.

Dawid Malan 7: 383 @ 42.55, 1 x 100, 3 x 50 One of few success stories for visitors. Arrived with questions at this level but leaves with reputation enhanced. Improved throughout series and looks a smart player judging by the manner he changed game to face Lyon. England may have found a player here.

Jonny Bairstow 6: 306 at 34, 1 x 100, 10 catches 1 stumping Steady effort by England wicketkeeper though his team needed more. Consistently got starts. Century in Perth was the only time he passed 50. Glovework was sound. Made headlines for headbutt greeting that led to curfew.

Moeen Ali 1: 179 @ 19.88, 5 wickets @ 115 Tour to forget for spin-bowling all-rounder, who failed with bat and ball. Batting one or two spots too high, became a bunny for Lyon, who dismissed him seven out of nine times. Troubled by finger and side issues, his bowling fell away completely.

Tom Curran 3: 2 wickets @ 100 Started long way down England’s bowling pecking order but got start due to long injury toll. Wholehearted player but bowling needs work to succeed at Test level. Showed fight with the bat.

Stuart Broad 4: 11 wickets @ 47.72 Started well enough but went 69 overs without a wicket when urn was still alive. Fought back in Melbourne after calls for him to be dropped but poor series overall.

Mason Crane 2: 1 wicket @ 193 Made debut to forget in Sydney but did better than 1-193 suggests. Only 20 so plenty of improvement to come. England will hope he improves to bring him back in 2021.

James Anderson 7: 17 wickets @ 27.82 England’s best bowler by width of the Nullarbor but lacked support. Conditions did not suit his swing but knew they could sit on him and find runs elsewhere. Won’t be back in four years but might be there for next series in 2019.

Chris Woakes 3: 10 wickets @ 49.5 Disappointing series for England’s first change. He struggled with bat after making invaluable runs at home. Proven at international level but needs to lift with Broad and Anderson getting on.

Craig Overton 5: 6 wickets @ 37.66 What he lacked in pace, he made up for with heart. Was England’s best bowler in Perth before he got injured but insisted on playing on. Also scored runs in lower order. Worth another go.

Jake Ball 0: 1 wicket @ 115 Not seen after first Test when he was found wanting.

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