T20 World Cup: England player ratings for tournament as Buttler shines but Bairstow and Wood fail to fill void

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England crashed out of the T20 World Cup at the semi-final stage after a defeat to New Zealand on Wednesday.

Eoin Morgan’s side had swept through the Super 12s but injuries took their toll as Jason Roy and Tymal Mills joined the long list of absentees ahead of the knockout rounds.

Here, Standard Sport’s Will Macpherson delivers his verdicts on how each individual performed throughout the tournament.

Jason Roy - 7

Runs: 123. Strike rate: 138.2

Intangibly important for England, whose batting lacked a bit of balance after his injury. Desperately cruel end to a tournament that he performed well in.

Jos Buttler - 9

Runs: 269. SR: 151.1

A pleasure to see him grab a global tournament by the scruff of the neck. Bows out as the leading runscorer, with a lowest score of 18 from six innings. Showed against Australia how big he can go, and against Sri Lanka that he can bat through.

Dawid Malan - 5

Runs: 116. SR: 119.6

Difficult to judge, really. Moved around the order to accommodate bigger hitters, and played innings of substance in the final two matches. No match-winning performance, though.

Jonny Bairstow - 4

Runs: 47. SR: 111.9

Finished two of the early wins from No4, before one run in two games against Sri Lanka and South Africa. Promoted for the semi, but did not look himself.

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Moeen Ali - 8

Runs: 92. SR: 131 | Wickets: 7. Economy: 5.5

An outstanding tournament for Moeen. England were at their best when he and Woakes set the tone in the powerplay, and he dismissed right and left-handers. With the bat, he came to the party in the final two games when batting in the top four. It’s not easy floating up and down the order.

Liam Livingstone - 8

Runs: 56. SR: 159 | Wickets: 6. Economy: 5.7

There was much excitement about his batting ability going into the tournament but it was his bowling that excelled. Bowled beautifully, picking up vital wickets and never flying. Lacked opportunity with the bat, but scored his runs at a great lick.

Eoin Morgan - 5

Runs: 68. SR: 119.

Not his best tournament. Managed England tactically very well, until the semi-final.

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Chris Woakes - 7

Wickets: 7. Economy: 7.36

Brilliant in the powerplay, exposed at the death. Woakes provided early incisions so often, but struggled returning for his fourth over when games were live. Still, a fine return to T20.

Chris Jordan - 7

Wickets: 6. Economy: 6.8

Jordan had a solid tournament, until that fateful third over against New Zealand, when Jimmy Neesham took 23 decisive runs. Big performances against Australia and Sri Lanka, but did not deliver when it mattered.

Adil Rashid - 8

Wickets: 9. Economy: 6.5.

As Morgan’s go-to bowler, he had a good tournament and was used in every phase of the innings. Could not save England at the death against New Zealand, which also seemed to ask too much. Took some tidy catches, too.

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Tymal Mills - 8

Wickets: 7. Economy: 8

Was sensational in England’s first two wins, then took some tap from Australia and picked up an injury against Bangladesh. His value in the latter half of the innings was shown in the two matches he missed.

Mark Wood - 5

Wickets: 0. Economy: 10.1

Came in for Mills, bringing pace but no left-arm angle. Looked rusty against South Africa, but was solid against New Zealand.

Sam Billings - N/A

DNB

Poor Billings. Waited two months in the UAE with Delhi Capitals and England, before finally getting a game. When he did, he didn’t get a bat. Took one good catch, mind.

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