England player ratings: Joe Root anonymous while Zak Crawley delights in dramatic fourth Ashes test

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England player ratings: Joe Root anonymous while Zak Crawley delights in dramatic fourth Ashes test
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  • Joe Root
    Joe Root
    English cricketer (born 1990)

England avoided a whitewash in the Fourth Test of the Ashes after a brave batting performance.

The test ended in a draw, offering some slight relief to fans and players alike.

Here’s how Will Macpherson rated the England players after another dramatic day in Sydney.

Haseeb Hameed - 2

6 & 9

Battled gamely on the fourth evening, but has been recalled far too soon and looks out of his depth. Dropped twice, and still extended his run of single figure scores to six. This is not working.

Zak Crawley - 7

18 & 77

Reprieved by Starc’s no-ball on second evening, and an impetuous shot on the third morning. But a delightful second innings 77, which showed exactly why England should stick with him. Also continued his good catching.

Dawid Malan - 2

3 & 4

Poor Malan looks drained now. Has been on tour since September, away from a heavily pregnant wife, and just could not quite get that hundred in the first two Tests. His two dismissals were those of a man in need of a break.

Joe Root - 3

0 & 24; 1-36 & 0-35

A rare thing: Root had an anonymous Test match. Poor shot in the first innings, and resisted in the second before being worked over by Boland – again. Was a bad toss to lose (we can’t quite blame him for that…), dropped a vital catch, and provided no notable tactical inspiration.

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Ben Stokes - 7

66 & 60; 0-37

Injured following a witless plan to bowl bouncers on day two, but performed well thereafter. Batted bravely, twice, and did well to field. This was a reminder not only of his class, but his toughness. Will travel to Hobart, but is surely not worth risking.

Jonny Bairstow - 9

113 & 41

A wonderful moment, when he made his first century for three years. This was the best of Bairstow, and he needs to keep it up. Batted responsibly in the second innings, giving England a chance. Injury is a concern ahead of Hobart.

Jos Buttler - 3

0 & 11

Hard to be too critical of his first innings dismissal, even if it was faintly familiar. Buttler could barely hold his bat, which made surviving a few overs in the second innings which was something. He will fly home, meaning this could easily be his final game in a format that has never quite worked for him. That is a shame.

Mark Wood - 8

1-76 & 2-65

There must be a reason (length? Lack of movement?) for Wood’s curious lack of wickets, but he deserves so much better. Has charged in all tour, and is the only England bowler to trouble Australia’s best batters. Batted well on day three.

Jack Leach - 7

0-89 & 4-84

Leach was better here. How different his game might have been had Root clung onto Khawaja on 28 on day two. For the first time this series, he was given a second innings to bowl in, and got four wickets. Excellent contribution with the bat on day five.

Stuart Broad - 8

5-101 & 0-31

A proud moment for Broad in the first innings, picking up five wickets – including Warner and Smith before they truly hurt England – for the second time in Australia. Tailed off in the second, before an outstanding contribution with the bat.

James Anderson - 6

1-54 & 0-34

Tidy, but not at his Melbourne best and looked very tired in the second innings. Still never easy to score off. Got his reverse sweep out for the lads on day four, and survived the vital over on day five. Heroic stuff.

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