Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Player Ratings, Australia versus South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth

The number 1 ranking in Tests has been the major talking point during this series with the final chapter showing South Africa is a vindicated top dog after they awoke from their series long slumber to truly maul the Aussies.

Australia

It was rather regrettable this match for the Aussies with them getting themselves into a fabulous position to set up a victory chance after bowling South Africa out for 225 on a batting friendly pitch. Only to lose the ascendancy by the fragility in their batting being exploited and then grinded into the turf with their patch work quilt bowling unit having new corns shoots ripped.

To labour the point, the batting is an accident waiting to happen and needs to be fixed yesterday if the Aussies are to regain credibility in the Test game

Player Ratings

Dave Warner 

It is hard to fathom Warner with him playing a few knocks in his brief career that showed real Test calibre, but in this match he was a loose as a weight watchers girdle and as reckless as a Drunk on speed. He needs to find that even ground between his brilliant and his God damned awful to gain full respect as a Test batsman

Rating- 3/10


Looks like he was playing in the T20 Big Bash while wearing the Test whites

Ed Cowan 

The stage was set for Cowan to play a career defining innings in the 2nd innings of this game with the Aussies backed into the corner and having to bat 2 days to save the match. The pitch was still a batting paradise and it was perfect for a stone waller with real powers of concentration like Cowan...

It is just a pity that Cowan in a moment of Warner type madness threw away his wicket playing a 'sexy' pull shot when it was his role to bat and bat and bat some more

Rating- 1/10 


Really let the Team down with that crazy shot

Shane Watson

Not a test number 3's bootlace and is being misused by the Team

His benefit to the Team is to fully facilitate his lethal bowling and then make it so his free flowing batting can have a chance to succeed. Crucially that means he needs to be moved away from the new ball and bat at 5/6 which will also allow him to bowl more

Rating: 4/10

Bowling was excellent as always, but so loose as a Test batsman

Ricky Ponting 

Thanks for the memories Champ

Ratings- NA 


The respect shown to him and appreciation for his Masterful career superseded any mark being needed

Michael Clarke 

The burden of carrying the batting seemed to catch up with Clarke in this Test with him having a mere mortal type match. When for near on 18 months we have sworn that he is not human with his incredible batting feats.

Rating- 4/10

A rare down match from Clarke

Mike Hussey

Struggled mightily in this match with Morne Morkel working him over in the 1st innings and him falling as part of the Steyn parade in the 2nd. Like Clarke, he was one of the few who stood up with the bat for the Aussies in the series so is forgiven for an off match

Rating- 4/10 


Like Clarke, a off match for Mr Cricket

Matt Wade

I am not really sold on Wade with his keeping being average at best. His batting is his strongest skill with him playing a very fine backs to the wall effort in the first innings to save Australia from total humiliation

Rating 5/10

Needs to improve his work behind the stumps 

Mitchell Johnson 

Not a bad return from the forgotten quick with him getting match figures 164/6 and showing great heart throughout, but he still looks the same one trick pony meaning he will struggle in the long run. He is just quick with no ability to swing the ball or make it talk off the pitch.

Rating 5/10

Ok, but should not be in Australia's future plans

John Hastings 

Big hearted type bowler that was ok in the first innings but got belted to Kingdom come in the 2nd showing that he is not up to the Test mark

Rating- 2/10

State Cricket awaits

Mitchell Starc 

The evolved form of Mitchell Johnson with Starc having the ability to swing the ball which makes him lethal when he does. His fine work is undone by the fact that he just gives so many runs away through loose balls which more than anything shows how green he is. Experience will refine his game to make him into a pretty dangerous bowler 

Rating- 5/10 

Got plenty of wickets with a few gems, but mostly cheapies and then leaked runs like a sieve

Nathan Lyon

A big hearted trier is Lyon, but another reality of him is he is C Grade in ability and is at best part of a support cast rather than ever being close to a front liner. Away from his ability, you see that reality in his mindset too with him struggling when the focus is put on him.

Rating 4/10

Will never let you down but will never win you games either

Looking ahead


So Ponting is gone and all the talk is about who will replace him...

The Sri Lankan series will be the forum to run the rule over a few newcomers. Worryingly for the Aussies is that there is not only the need to replace Punta, but the fact that 3 of the top 6 definitely have question marks against their names. Warner and Cowan are skating on thin ice and it is obvious that Shane Watson needs to be moved away from the new ball. Not only to prop up his batting but to allow the Team to fully utilise his bowling.

As for the replacement for Ponting, I would select Usman Khawaja and slot him in at 4 in the order with Michael Clarke moving up to 3.

My 1st Test 11 for the Sri Lanka Series

Warner, Cowan, Clarke, Khawaja, Watson, Hussey, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Bird, Lyon

South Africa 

The South African's, who to be frank were dreadful most of the series decided to flick the switch after again being rank average in scoring only 225 on a batting paradise here. When they did switch on it made everyone realise that the Aussies are a million miles away from South Africa's calibre.

Player Ratings

Graeme Smith


Smith was the one that led the charge in the second innings batting romp with him attacking in such a wondrously unorthodox manner that the Aussie bowlers had no answer too. Such was its inspiration that he had the rest of the batsmen follow suit 

Rating- 8/10 

Inspirational in his second innings batting that set up the match

Alviro Petersen

Got a peach of a delivery from Starc and then fell to an athletic catch from Johnson which soured his Test match

Rating- 4/10

Average in this match, but showed enough to signal he could be a long term answer as an opener for RSA

Hashin Amla


Played on of the most breath taking and audacious counter attacking innings you could hope to see. It was like a Adam Gilchrist like execution of bowlers with the added extra of Amla's exquisite style

Rating- 10/10


The one thing certain in Cricket now is that you must have the video player on record as soon as Amla walks in to bat

Jacques Kallis


It was obvious King Kallis was lessened in his majesty by injury

Rating- 5/10 


Stricken by injury

A.B.Devilliers

Awoke from his slumber in the 2nd innings of this Test with a brutal 169 that was symbolised by some outrageously audacious shots. LOL, three reverse sweeps in a row to bring up his century was just way too cool

You can understand why the ladies go crazy over the Lad!

Rating: 8/10


Good to see AB back in form

Dean Elgar 


Looks like Elgar had just graduated from the Suresh Raina school of playing short bowling with how he looked like a cat on a hot tin roof against it. Scoring a pair to ensure he has a place in the Annals of Cricket history for all the wrong reasons

Rating- 0

A nice round number to go with Elgars other love of round numbers

Do you think Elgar is a BOObs Man?

FaF Du Plessis


Fabulous game once more, and in truth he would have been my choice for Man of the series with his efforts in Adelaide

Rating: 8/10 


South Africa will only think of Rudolph at Xmas time after being in awe of Faf

Robin Petersen

Played a really active part in this match capped off by getting Michael Clarke out in the 2nd innings. A perfect bowling all rounder for the RSA Team

Rating: 8/10


Was definitive in this match with his heady spin and useful lower order batting

Dale Steyn


Finally the Sleeping Giant Stayn awoke in this match and my word was he breath taking. His ball to get ride of Michael Clarke is the first innings was one of the best deliveries one could ever see.

Rating: 10/10 


Awesome

Vernon Philander


Came back from injury with vengeance in this match stifling the Aussies run rates while getting some crucial wickets

Rating 7/10 


Down in the series, but played a crucial role in this win

Morne Morkel

Rarely gets the plaudits of Steyn/Philander, but my word is this fellow a fabulous bowler. Really awkward with his natural bounce coupled with his pace and when you throw into the bargain he has bowling smarts too he is truly top shelf

Rating: 7/10


Great Bowler

Looking Forward 


The South Africans won the series despite having injuries and struggling with form which in a sense is more gratifying for they really had to earn the win achieving it when they were far from their best. They now go home for  a series against New Zealand, which on paper should be a cake walk, but the Kiwis have a bowling unit that in a few years time could be one of the best in the World.

So they need to respect them

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