Australia in South Africa 2013-14 March 6, 2014

Warner and Johnson a class apart

ESPNcricinfo marks the Australian players out of 10 following their impressive series win in South Africa
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David Warner

Out cheaply in his first innings of the series, Warner carried all before him thereafter, passing 50 in five subsequent knocks and producing the performance of his career at Newlands. Glittering centuries in each innings were the major reason Australia had - just - enough time to close out victory, underlining Warner's destructive capacity as a key plank of the team's recent success. A personal victory over Morne Morkel was particularly influential, while his hyperactive, abrasive way with words epitomised the rascal spirit of his team.

9

Mitchell Johnson

If his Ashes act was impossible to follow, Johnson did not fall far short. In fact his display at Centurion was the peak of his summer if not career, setting a new mark for terrorising batsmen even though they knew fully well what to expect after his treatment of England. Johnson struggled for similar effect on a dull wicket in Port Elizabeth but regathered himself strongly for the third at Newlands, and coped with a staggering workload on the final day while retaining high pace.

8

Steve Smith

Growing with every innings, Smith is now being widely spoken of as a leader-in-waiting as well as one of the game's most sparkling young talents. As against England, he made first-innings runs a habit, notching substantial scores in each, most critically at Centurion in a big partnership with Shaun Marsh. The variety of his innings was also notable, from the aforementioned hundred to bolder efforts at Newlands when rapid scoring was needed. His leg breaks do not always land where he wants them to, but the one that dismissed Faf du Plessis on the final day of the series was his most important of all.

7

Ryan Harris

Indifferent over the first two Tests, heroic in the last. Harris could easily have been ruled out of this tour entirely in order to have knee surgery, but pushed on and overcame self-doubt as much as physical impediments at Newlands. Harris' 100th Test wicket made him the first fast bowler to manage the feat having debuted past the age of 30, and a case can now be made that pound-for-pound, he would be a match for any pace bowler Australia has ever produced.

Michael Clarke

Clarke began the series in charge of a powerful and confident team but out of form with the bat and faced by an opponent without peer in the world. He ended it having played what may become known as his defining innings, led his team with typical invention and toppled a team unbeaten since 2009. His slim scores in the first two Tests were troubling, but now only serve to enhance the memory of Cape Town, a stubborn refusal to yield to Morkel and the century that subsequently grew into 161 not out. He is close to achieving his goal of taking the Test team to No. 1.

6

Chris Rogers

Having acknowledged South Africa would be his most difficult assignment of all, Rogers stood up to the challenge, contributing more to Australia's success than his series tally indicated. Two century stands with Warner and another beyond 50 gave the tourists a solid foundation, while his hundred in Port Elizabeth served as a lesson to all about dealing with reverse swing and a ravenous home attack. He will be wanted for the 2015 Ashes if he can maintain the knack for run-making.

Nathan Lyon

In three out of four innings, Lyon is the best conventional finger spinner in the world. His flexible role within the Australian attack has allowed Clarke to both attack and defend with him, while numerous partnerships were broken by his spin over the first two Tests. However his struggles in the final innings, most pointedly at Newlands, will remain a major issue until he can find a way to work over batsmen intent on defence. H will have a major role to play during Australia's next Test assignment, against Pakistan in Dubai.

5

Alex Doolan

There is no doubt Doolan has the poise and technique to be a Test No. 3, proving it with his 89 at Centurion and a pair of other strong starts. All he lacked at times in South Africa was a willingness to take the initiative, and a belief that he is good enough to do so. Australia are intent on persisting with him, seeing in Doolan the elegance and composure of the Queenslander Martin Love. But he will need to find a way to be more assertive to succeed.

Brad Haddin

It always seemed likely that Haddin's river of Ashes runs would dry up, as his bold methods are susceptible to low scores if a decent share of luck does not fall his way. However, he still kept wicket wonderfully, and his snare of Dean Elgar in the first innings at Newlands was the equal of any in his career. A trusted lieutenant of Clarke, Haddin dearly wants to be part of a winning World Cup team in 2015, and will carry on with similar drive in Tests.

Shane Watson

Hampered by injury and missing the first two Tests, Watson returned to play a vital balancing role in the decider, offering Clarke an extra bowling option while resolving to bat fearlessly at No. 6. It is a post that should suit Watson in the later years of his career, and there were enough signs of promise at Newlands to raise expectations of more to come.

James Pattinson

Drafted in for the third Test after intensive training work alongside the bowling coach Craig McDermott, Pattinson added the "velocity" wanted by Darren Lehmann and struck telling blows in each innings, none more than Hashim Amla on the fourth evening. He was largely accurate, gaining reverse swing and maintaining the high pace that marks him as a future leader of the attack. One regrettable beamer amid an ill-tempered final day at Newlands provided a reminder that he must learn to ensure his aggression remains keenly focused.

Shaun Marsh

One stellar Test match, one horrid one, and one sitting on the sidelines. Marsh played the innings that set up Australia's series in Centurion, but a pair in Port Elizabeth had him dropped for Newlands. The feast and famine narrative was in keeping with Marsh's career, but the class he exhibits at his best will ensure he is a part of Lehmann's plans for some time yet.

Peter Siddle

Perhaps the only troubling element of Australia's series was Siddle's continued fade in terms of pace and impact. Though he still delivered persevering spells and made the odd important breakthrough, notably to support Johnson at Centurion, his decline from fast towards medium was enough of an issue for the selectors to drop him from the final match. He nonetheless remains highly valued and will be given the chance to push for his return after time away regathering his strength and, hopefully, his speed.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY shovwar on | March 11, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    This OZ team is getting better and maybe the best team after SA. The reason I would not write off SA because what they have done through the years. Australia still have a long to go to dismantle SA from the no. 1 tag. 1 test loss without Dale Steyn does not take anything away from SA. As a Team I regard SA the best...The way they fought without their spearhead was amazing. I dont think Aus would have done this without their Spearhead. BUT gotta give credit to the OZ team they have done what none had done before but also if we look back they where also beaten by this SA team in their own ground. So its an even head to head but to differ SA from Aus we have to look at the other results where SA truly deserve to be the best and maybe for a long time,.

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | March 10, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Lol @Hello13. Enjoy eating those sour grapes.

  • POSTED BY VillageGreen on | March 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    All the rankings deserved though 10/10 should be reserved for flawless performances and neither Warner nor Australia challenged Warner's match fee penalty. The world No1's exposed a few weaknessness (batting aginst reverse swing) however a very good all-round team performance with some outstanding contributions. Well done.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Warner will average over 50 soon and thats incredible...i guess the jury's out on how Mitch and gang will fare on slow pitches iin Asia.If S.A have one particular weakness,it is bowling to left handers,especially with the new ball. Whilst the Aussies have plenty of depth,it remains to be seen how they will fare if Johnson gets injured since he is very much the spearhead.Harris looked superd at Newlands as well.

  • POSTED BY PhilipEC on | March 7, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I see from the earlier comments that Australia still have some negative nellies'. The Aus team are plying a great game, Have Batsmen who can at, Bowlers ho are on top of the world and the fielding is often blinding. They play as a team, if one is having an off day, others will cover you only have to look at Clark. He has had a horror run with the bat and yet the scoreboard keeps ticking over. Was it not a bare six months ago that we all knew that if Clark failed, the whole team followed? Johnson, Harris, Pattinson, Siddle, Watson, Lyon, Clark, Warner all bowl to a plan to compliment each other, true statistics would show that this is one almighty bowling attack The team can effectively bat all the way down to number ten, Aus have a really great tailend. Having said all that I haven't even mentioned he fear that Warner instills in opposition bowlers. Taken individually Ausralia has some great individuals but as a team Australia is one Awesome TEAM. Good luck to their opposition,

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @sergio11 , we can't really say for sure about how things would pan up. Where we currently are was unthinkable 6 months ago. So let's not speculate things. Watch things as they unfold.

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 7, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    i really like to see how AUS goes in UAE against PAK..the prob is PAK dont have a good batting line up even under those conditons..if their batters can step up..lets see how it goes...against spin in turing tracks..no way the current or even the greatest aussie team can be as dominating like this...having said that..they've got few good players of spin in the side..Clerk and Smith up there among the best players of spin..Marsh,Haddin plays ok..Doolan,Rogers no idea about there skill set..Watson,Warner not sure about there abilities..but Warner need to do well against spin,on turning tracks..if he can do that..Aussies will hav a legend in the making for sure..

  • POSTED BY Speng on | March 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The criticism of Lyon and Siddle are somewhat telling. Going into last summer's Ashes against England he was Aus' highest wicket taker for some period but then they tried the Agar experiment. After he got his rythym back he compared favorably to Graeme Swann head to head. Maybe he's had a few off matches the way even good bowlers do... or maybe he needs to be managed (?). I wouldn't say he can match the best subcontinental spinners but Aus need him to be their Swann for the next few years.

    I think Siddle has suffered a bit since Harris and Johnson have come back into the team. Maybe it's being third fiddle and not getting the new cherry but they'll want him back to where he was to make up for the loss of Harris which could be permanent (unfortunately)

  • POSTED BY Chad950 on | March 7, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I have never doubted Warner is a talented batsman but he remains very immature on an intellectual level.

  • POSTED BY Protears on | March 7, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan in the UAE will be a good tester first up. That series hinges on Pakistan finding a batting line up to resist on what will be rather dead tracks and lifeless for seamers, if Pakistan can bat well they will then toss the question to Australia, can Australia survive Ajmal and Rehman

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | March 11, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    This OZ team is getting better and maybe the best team after SA. The reason I would not write off SA because what they have done through the years. Australia still have a long to go to dismantle SA from the no. 1 tag. 1 test loss without Dale Steyn does not take anything away from SA. As a Team I regard SA the best...The way they fought without their spearhead was amazing. I dont think Aus would have done this without their Spearhead. BUT gotta give credit to the OZ team they have done what none had done before but also if we look back they where also beaten by this SA team in their own ground. So its an even head to head but to differ SA from Aus we have to look at the other results where SA truly deserve to be the best and maybe for a long time,.

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | March 10, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Lol @Hello13. Enjoy eating those sour grapes.

  • POSTED BY VillageGreen on | March 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    All the rankings deserved though 10/10 should be reserved for flawless performances and neither Warner nor Australia challenged Warner's match fee penalty. The world No1's exposed a few weaknessness (batting aginst reverse swing) however a very good all-round team performance with some outstanding contributions. Well done.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Warner will average over 50 soon and thats incredible...i guess the jury's out on how Mitch and gang will fare on slow pitches iin Asia.If S.A have one particular weakness,it is bowling to left handers,especially with the new ball. Whilst the Aussies have plenty of depth,it remains to be seen how they will fare if Johnson gets injured since he is very much the spearhead.Harris looked superd at Newlands as well.

  • POSTED BY PhilipEC on | March 7, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I see from the earlier comments that Australia still have some negative nellies'. The Aus team are plying a great game, Have Batsmen who can at, Bowlers ho are on top of the world and the fielding is often blinding. They play as a team, if one is having an off day, others will cover you only have to look at Clark. He has had a horror run with the bat and yet the scoreboard keeps ticking over. Was it not a bare six months ago that we all knew that if Clark failed, the whole team followed? Johnson, Harris, Pattinson, Siddle, Watson, Lyon, Clark, Warner all bowl to a plan to compliment each other, true statistics would show that this is one almighty bowling attack The team can effectively bat all the way down to number ten, Aus have a really great tailend. Having said all that I haven't even mentioned he fear that Warner instills in opposition bowlers. Taken individually Ausralia has some great individuals but as a team Australia is one Awesome TEAM. Good luck to their opposition,

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @sergio11 , we can't really say for sure about how things would pan up. Where we currently are was unthinkable 6 months ago. So let's not speculate things. Watch things as they unfold.

  • POSTED BY sergio11 on | March 7, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    i really like to see how AUS goes in UAE against PAK..the prob is PAK dont have a good batting line up even under those conditons..if their batters can step up..lets see how it goes...against spin in turing tracks..no way the current or even the greatest aussie team can be as dominating like this...having said that..they've got few good players of spin in the side..Clerk and Smith up there among the best players of spin..Marsh,Haddin plays ok..Doolan,Rogers no idea about there skill set..Watson,Warner not sure about there abilities..but Warner need to do well against spin,on turning tracks..if he can do that..Aussies will hav a legend in the making for sure..

  • POSTED BY Speng on | March 7, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    The criticism of Lyon and Siddle are somewhat telling. Going into last summer's Ashes against England he was Aus' highest wicket taker for some period but then they tried the Agar experiment. After he got his rythym back he compared favorably to Graeme Swann head to head. Maybe he's had a few off matches the way even good bowlers do... or maybe he needs to be managed (?). I wouldn't say he can match the best subcontinental spinners but Aus need him to be their Swann for the next few years.

    I think Siddle has suffered a bit since Harris and Johnson have come back into the team. Maybe it's being third fiddle and not getting the new cherry but they'll want him back to where he was to make up for the loss of Harris which could be permanent (unfortunately)

  • POSTED BY Chad950 on | March 7, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I have never doubted Warner is a talented batsman but he remains very immature on an intellectual level.

  • POSTED BY Protears on | March 7, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan in the UAE will be a good tester first up. That series hinges on Pakistan finding a batting line up to resist on what will be rather dead tracks and lifeless for seamers, if Pakistan can bat well they will then toss the question to Australia, can Australia survive Ajmal and Rehman

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | March 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @Sir_Francis His more recent mountain of runs has at least a little to do with that Adelaide track he gets to play on more frequently. Playing on a batsman's paradise as your home ground surely has its advantages? Do you want Hughes opening or at first drop? We already have Warner and having another guy who likes to play his shots and live and die by the sword doesn't seem like a good combination to me at the top of the order. Does he have the technique to at least blunt a new ball at 3? Doolan might not score buckets of runs but you can't underestimate the value of just blocking a ball for 15-20 overs so the guys at 4 and 5 have a much easier time of it. Sure, Hughes might score 100 off 100 at 3, he might get out really fast. Yes, Doolan might also get out really fast, but it will probably be a good ball just outside off moving away a touch, he probably won't do it by swinging wildly at a wide delivery not quite short enough to cut. Hughes, however, will.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 7, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    @Thegimp , i dont think we must open up a debate with those whose bury their heads in sand. Let it go !! They will keep whinging about the sydney test even after another 25 years. !!

  • POSTED BY ScottStevo on | March 7, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @Test_nut, great comments, mate! Even though SA lost this series, they showed exactly why they are #1. I doubt any other side in world cricket other than SA would've still been there at tea on that last day let alone look likely of salvaging a draw from that test. They showed real ticker and made it a phenomenal spectacle. A real shame that we don't play 5 test series against each other. From an Aussie perspective, I'm elated that we've won this series as in all honesty, I thought we'd compete and really push SA hard (as we always do) but SA would have enough class to see us off at crucial times to take control. It's fortunate for us, the Johnson resurgence caught SA napping a little in test 1 and to my amazement, it was our batting line up that did the business in this last test - aided by a huge and magnificent effort from our bowlers to get over the line in the end. Great series. Should be interesting limited overs stuff too. Can't wait for these top teams to slug it out - again!

  • POSTED BY Puffin on | March 7, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    I think Australia had the better support for those getting 8+ here - it helps having someone keeping things going at the other end.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | March 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    @Sir_Francis ......Give Doolan some time mate. Not easy walking into a side and batting 3 against a very good attack. His FC average would be tilted towards the lower side due to the greener wickets the States rolled out over the last few seasons. If you take the last three years as a bench mark an average of mid thirties at number three at FC level isn't all that bad.

  • POSTED BY Sir_Francis on | March 7, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    I'm tired of the hagiography given to Doolan and Marsh. Who cares how good there techniques are if they can't score consistent runs. In 10 years Marsh has 9 FC tons. That's not an accident. He doesn't have what it takes. As for Doolan. He averages 37 in FC cricket - Where are the runs a good techniques brings. As for the comparison with Love? Insulting to Love who averaged 49.85 in over 200 FC games. Doolan is no Love. Also, if techniques are so important why is Hughes' record miles ahead of Doolan and Marsh?

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | March 7, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @sifter132 .....No I think Marsh is rightly placed. It's all well and good making a big hundred and hats off to him but in test cricket you need to back that up and you never know, another 80odd from him in the second test might have changed a few things. Two innings for zero is unacceptable particularly when selectors have taken a punt on you anyway. Different if you had 20 tests under you belt and an average of 40 odd.

    @SamRoy....I agree, Nathan is too one diminsional. He is great when the batsman go after him but to my mind, he doesn't have a toppy or an effective arm ball to get batsmen out when they are prepared to sit on him. His spin is too slow on spinning wickets hence why he gets more wickets on bouncy decks but he is young and has already proved he can be a fast leaner. A decent arm ball and a top spinner will allow him to go over the wicket where it will be easier to get wickets on turning wickets. He'll learn.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | March 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @Mad_Hamish....you've got to remember that for two of the tests the fast men toiled on decks made of rolled goose down and in the second innings of the last test they bashed against batsman not intent on playing a shot on rolled goose down. Extra points should be awarded to Harris, Johnston and Pattinson for just getting up the inspiration to run in at all.

  • POSTED BY sifter132 on | March 7, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Think Marsh is a little bit low here. Yes he only had one good innings, but so did Clarke, so did Amla, so did Duminy, so did Rogers - all are rated ahead of him. I think if you make a 100 in a 3 Test series you probably deserve at a 6, like Rogers has. Marsh in fact scored more runs in the series than Rogers despite not playing the last Test.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | March 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Must be kidding yourself if you think Lyon is the "best conventional finger spinner" in the world ahead of Rangana Herath, Pragyan Ojha and Abdur Rehman. Rest of the article is fine. But if you watch the subtle variations of Herath and Rehman and compare them to say Lyon you can see the difference between very good spinners (Herath, Rehman) and a good spinner (Lyon). A case of bad journalism. It is not to criticize the writer but help him become better by showing attention to detail. All of us strive to become better. Having said that Lyon might pick more wickets than Rehman in the upcoming Australia vs Pakistan test series. That doesn't mean he is better. Even Ashley Mallet picked more wickets than Prasanna.

  • POSTED BY Test_nut on | March 7, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @valvolux: Agreed (on some aspects). And as much as I hate seeing the Proteas lose, I can doff my cap and say that this was a cracking series. For all the hype about Eng vs. Aus, there isn't much that actually compares to SA vs. Aus for hard-played test cricket. Why these are 3 match series' is beyond me. They provide the perfect advert for how this game should be played. Sure there were occasions where lines were crossed. But so what? Isn't that what good rivalries are about. These are derby games, why should they be all "great game, love you lots, hugs and kisses…"? Rubbish. This series was played hard and with a lot of mutual respect. Steyn loves the fact that he has "the opportunity to basically kill someone with two bouncers an over". Why would you want to change that? I'm sure Mitchell loves that just as much. And Morne. And I loved watching it. Hat's off to the Aussies for a well-played series. You beat us fair and square. You played better cricket. And I hate you for it.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 7, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    @Uttiya Das: Ryan Harris is a true great. His 100 wickets were at a strike rate of 48.4 which is the best out of ALL Australian bowlers to ever take 100 wickets. Also, he is the ONLY fast bowler to take 100 wickets after debuting at the age of 30+. Also, his guts and determination and humility are comprable to those of Lindwall, absolute legend Ryano. Mitch could finish as our second best fast bowler ever in terms of wickets, not to mention his pace and intimidation that is thompson-like.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | March 7, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    @Hello13, was trying hard to find some 'class' with a team that recently got walloped 5-0 at our hands.. and ended up finding none. So the next time you speak about class, better have a deep hard look at yourself.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Was surprised to see the comment about Ryan Harris being "pound-for-pound, he would be a match for any pace bowler Australia has ever produced".Match for Lillee, Lindwall, Spofforth??He is no doubt very good, probably top five in the world today, but he still has some way to go.Johnson as good as Alan Davidson may be believable.

  • POSTED BY Ben1989 on | March 7, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    @Hello13 & what do you base that assumption on? yes they overstepped the line a few times on the last day of the test (which Steyn did as well) but if you took notice Clarke shook hands with Steyn 2 overs after the incident & they all left the banter on the field as soon as that match finished, any cricket lover that is not so naïve would know that's how us Aussie have ALWAYS played our cricket, we're not like the English for gods sake, what do you want us to do, start applauding the opposition on the field? they wear their hearts on their sleeve in the middle because they're so passionate, which is to fire themselves up as much as putting pressure on the other players, the only exception to this is David Warner, some of the things he said shouldn't have come out at all, but hey, there's always one bad guy in a group, either way, I don't mind being "disgraceful" according to you if we continue whitewashing the poms & become number 1 in the world....

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | March 7, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    The present Australian team - an honest group of high-quality cricketers setting the standard so that others may follow.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    @hello13.. tell someone who cares. If you enjoy cricket, you have to admit there is quality in this Aussie team, the same way any cricket fan knows there is quality in G Smith, AB de V, Philander and Steyne... or Cook, Broad and Anderson. Keep your bias out of your public life and start appreciating what is....

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | March 7, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    I think the Australians can all be reasonably happy with their performance barring Siddle (and he only had one bad innings anyway). Lyon still has a long way to go and Clarke's lack of confidence in him on day 5 CT was obvious.

  • POSTED BY JJJake on | March 7, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Australia declared in 8/16 innings Opposition declared in 1/16 innings Every knew Australia's bowling attack would perform, but Australia's batters keep scoring fast and declaring. Australia weren't disgraceful. They the most entertaining team around. They play hard fast cricket. Not slow boring cricket, like the other top teams. South Africa will look back on this in years to come and will reminisce about how they almost played for a draw against the mighty Johnson and Harris. Like the English do every time they come to Australia and talk about Lillie and Thompson

  • POSTED BY line.and.length on | March 7, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Harris, Pattinson, Johnson and Bird for the Aussie attack... the Windies did it so why not us as well

  • POSTED BY Mad_Hamish on | March 7, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Not sure Siddle did enough for a 5. 2 tests 5 wickets @54 versus Pattinsen also on a 5 with 4 wickets in 1 test @ 34.75. If that doesn't deserve a rating below 5 what does? Marsh is also a bit hard done by 148 and 44 in test 1 probably raises him above a 5 even with the failure in test 2, made more runs that Doolan or Rogers in 2 less innings and while Rogers' 100 in the second dig was resolution in a loss Marsh's 148 in test 1 set up a chance to win on a friendlier pitch for quick bowlers.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 7, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Hello 13 ,,,, greetings are done ofcourse!!! I actually don't mind ur comment because there would be always be disgraced critic's when the #1 side been floored at their own backyard. Lol!!!!! Fab cricket being played!! The best side won Aussie! !!!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 7, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    What a player,what a capt,and of course role model Captain Clarke is turning out to be!The best captain and argu. best bat in world's added a new feather to cap.All while maintaing great conduct on field.2 young capts.-Kohli/Broad-will do well to emulate.

  • POSTED BY C.Gull on | March 7, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Hello13, change the record. Go watch the Asia Cup or something.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | March 6, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    @ Hello13

    Disgraceful? They won 2-1. That's a pretty good result and performance to me. Please explain?

    Or are you referring to the old Victorian upper class behaviour? The kind that had the England team having to have 2 dressing rooms, one for the gentlemen and another for the commoners. Yeah, let's go back to that! Maybe colonisation will become popular again...

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | March 6, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    8.5 - Warner, 8 - Johnson, 7 - Smith, 5 - Clarke, 5 - Pattinson, 5 - Harris, 4 - Rogers, 4 - Lyon, 3 - Watson, 3 - Doolan, 3 - Marsh, 2 - Siddle, 2 - Lyon, 2 - Haddin. I gave A B de Villiers the player of the series award, by my calculations. Warner was good but A B was better. Johnson wasn't far behind Warner though and is still the best bowler in the world, on all but the ICC ranking sheet. Johnson was a class above the other bowlers on display, though Steyn wasn't far behind.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | March 6, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    And to think that if Pattinson had been fit at the start of the Ashes, Johnson might even not have been picked to play at all.

  • POSTED BY Webba84 on | March 6, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    @Hello13, No, the weren't. At least not more disgraceful than SA or Eng. And they won. Heroically, in the case of some of them. You would really put petty dislike in front of the sort of effort Harris made on the final day? Small minded in the extreme.

  • POSTED BY foozball on | March 6, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    Warner (10/10) was a bigger influence here than Johnson (9 or 9.5/10) was in the Ashes?

    @Hello13 - that's ok, there was nothing classy about the 1989 Australians either.

  • POSTED BY kepler22b on | March 6, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    Hello 13. Boo hoo they were disgraceful. And what was Morkel trying to kill Clarke? Go and watch golf.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | March 6, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    for mine steve smith is fast becoming the most complete batsman in the world, rivaled probably only by his skipper and mentor Michael Clarke, kumar sangakkara, hashim amla and ab de Villiers in terms of adaptability, tough run scoring in situations that require runs for his team, amazing shot making against both spin and fast bowling. not to mention his underrated leg spin (he spins it more than most front line spinners) when he lands them) and brilliance in the field. the next team will be built around this guy as captain.

  • POSTED BY skkh on | March 6, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Hello13...mate I would be proud of my "nothing classy" Aussies any day for their great performance in the last six months. I wouldn't know what you are looking for in a team that these Aussies lack.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 6, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Seems about right. Hard to argue against these scores.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    @Hello13 - if you're not prepared to fight with every single weapon at your disposal, then you shouldn't be a professional competitor. Class is in the eye of the beholder and if you're not trying hard enough, then Australians will prove you lack the class of a fighting spirit.

  • POSTED BY Serious_Awesomeness on | March 6, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    @Hello13: how are those sour grapes tasting?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 6, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Australia will get hammered soon.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 6, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    I'm as big a fan of Lyon as anyone, but that score is way too high.

  • POSTED BY AUSinCH on | March 6, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @Hello13: thanks for your insightful, deeply informed contribution. Please enjoy your serving of sour grapes, with compliments of Pup and the boys.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | March 6, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    DAW and SPDS are equal talents in their roles and did so consistently. Later did switch gears as needed and did so well in every match if not every innings... DAW clicked well consistently... probably getting his minds into Sehwag's tip is making him better in consistency... If he takes care of his tongue... he will be respected widely as this generation's Gilchrist.

    MJ need to work on his energy management to have deservedly longer career (at-least 4 more years)

    Others except Ryan Harris were over rated here... I would say... like a biased evaluator

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    There was nothing 'classy' about these Australians at all. They were disgraceful.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Spot on, Daniel!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your adroit and accurate analyses of the above players. Well done!

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | March 6, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Generous, but thoroughly deserved scores. Cracking form from this unit and they deserved the series win IMO. Not often you see Clarke so low down in the list - I must confess I had to search for him; but that only goes to show how ridiculous the arguments that Australia are over-dependent on certain players are. I'm still not convinced by Pattinson and still prefer Siddle over him personally; but hey - look how wrong I've been about another player at the top of the list with a 10 beside his name...

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  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | March 6, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Generous, but thoroughly deserved scores. Cracking form from this unit and they deserved the series win IMO. Not often you see Clarke so low down in the list - I must confess I had to search for him; but that only goes to show how ridiculous the arguments that Australia are over-dependent on certain players are. I'm still not convinced by Pattinson and still prefer Siddle over him personally; but hey - look how wrong I've been about another player at the top of the list with a 10 beside his name...

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Spot on, Daniel!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your adroit and accurate analyses of the above players. Well done!

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    There was nothing 'classy' about these Australians at all. They were disgraceful.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | March 6, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    DAW and SPDS are equal talents in their roles and did so consistently. Later did switch gears as needed and did so well in every match if not every innings... DAW clicked well consistently... probably getting his minds into Sehwag's tip is making him better in consistency... If he takes care of his tongue... he will be respected widely as this generation's Gilchrist.

    MJ need to work on his energy management to have deservedly longer career (at-least 4 more years)

    Others except Ryan Harris were over rated here... I would say... like a biased evaluator

  • POSTED BY AUSinCH on | March 6, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @Hello13: thanks for your insightful, deeply informed contribution. Please enjoy your serving of sour grapes, with compliments of Pup and the boys.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | March 6, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    I'm as big a fan of Lyon as anyone, but that score is way too high.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 6, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Australia will get hammered soon.

  • POSTED BY Serious_Awesomeness on | March 6, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    @Hello13: how are those sour grapes tasting?

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    @Hello13 - if you're not prepared to fight with every single weapon at your disposal, then you shouldn't be a professional competitor. Class is in the eye of the beholder and if you're not trying hard enough, then Australians will prove you lack the class of a fighting spirit.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 6, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Seems about right. Hard to argue against these scores.