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England player ratings: Hameed place under threat, Pope troubled, Malan simple and solid

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  • Haseeb Hameed
    English cricketer (born 1997)

England need the mother of all comebacks if they are to return from Australia with the Ashes after the home side took a 2-0 series lead with victory in Adelaide.

Despite some late fight, which saw the match go all the way to the final session on the final day, England were ultimately outplayed as Australia secured a 275-run victory.

Here’s how Will Macpherson rated the tourists at the Adelaide Oval

Haseeb Hameed - 26 & 0

A poor Test for Hameed, whose place is as under threat as Burns. Baffling dismissal on the second evening, and a faintly inevitable one on the fourth afternoon, playing too low. Australians very interested in his slightly ropey fielding.

Rory Burns - 54 & 34

An improvement – although that wasn’t hard. Got a beauty from Starc in the first innings, but fronted up to take first ball in the second, and looked much better, lasting 95 balls. That has to be the start of something.

Dawid Malan - 880 & 20, 2-33

Had another good game. A frustrating dismissal during the first innings collapse, having batted so well, but is providing a simplistic solidity at first drop. An extra point for his first two Test wickets.

Dawid Malan raises his bat (Getty Images)
Dawid Malan raises his bat (Getty Images)

Joe Root - 762 & 24, 1-72 & 2-27

Made two major mistakes – losing a vital toss and failing to wear a box in the warm-up – and a series of minor ones. A little tactically predictable, and was culpable for his first innings dismissal.

Ben Stokes - 634 & 12, 3-113 & 0-24

A funny sort of Test match for Stokes, but he was much more settled than in Brisbane. He caused some trouble with the ball, but stuck to the short ball plans too much. With the bat, dropped anchor twice but could not manage a miracle. Caught very well.

Ollie Pope - 25 & 4

This was the worst of Pope’s 22 Tests, and it has taken his average below 30. Is troubled by Lyon, and had a soft dismissal in the second innings, too. Very much in the gun for Melbourne.

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(Getty Images)

Jos Buttler - 50 & 26

For four days, he did little right. Took a couple of blinders, but dropped some sitters, which is not enough. And his 15-ball first innings duck was horrible. But, on the final day, he dug in, and gave England a chance.

Chris Woakes - 41-103 & 0-46, 24 & 44

Alas, this was a tough Test for Woakes after a tidy if tepid performance in Brisbane. Besides a recall in Hobart, it feels unlikely we will see him again in this series, and perhaps never again outside England. Gains a point for being the only England batter to reach double figures in both innings, and for playing very well on the final day.

Ollie Robinson - 61-45 & 2-54

That he bowled some spin shows quite how wrong England got their team. With the seam up, he bowled well again, even if the wickets didn’t flow, and feels a fixture in the team. Should take the new ball.

Stuart Broad - 51-73 & 1-27

Is in the unfortunate position of having fewer wickets than his captain this year. Bowled a high-class first spell and looked dangerous on the fourth morning, but could not sustain it throughout, which is perhaps unsurprising given his injury issues.

James Anderson - 52-58 & 1-8

Kept it incredibly tight (even if it appears his captain might have wanted to bowl a touch fuller), and bowled some nice spells. Did not look too leggy after being rested in Brisbane, but only one of the old boys should play in Melbourne.

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