The Ashes: Australian player ratings

The Ashes: Australian player ratings

Chris Rogers: 463 runs at 46.3, 2 centuries

No longer a one Test wonder but a dual century maker in an Ashes-winning team. Leading runscorer across home and away series from either side. 8/10

David Warner: 523 runs at 58.11, 2 centuries

Backed up his trash talk by giving Australia positive starts while the series was alive, taking the Brisbane and Perth Tests away from England with entertaining centuries. 8/10

Man of the series: Resurgent paceman Mitchell Johnson.

Man of the series: Resurgent paceman Mitchell Johnson.

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Shane Watson: 345 runs at 38.33, 1 century and 4 wickets at 30.5

Kept his head above water with a blazing 103 from 108 balls in Perth and made key breakthroughs without setting the world on fire. Got through the series after a fitness scare at the MCG. 7/10

Michael Clarke: 363 runs at 40.33, 2 centuries

Made his hundreds when the series was on the line, then faded with a highest score of 24 in his last seven hits, but gets a mark back for proactive captaincy. Finished the series with two stunning catches. 8/10

Steve Smith: 327 runs at 40.87, 2 centuries

Came of age with superb century in Perth and backed it up two Tests later on his home ground to guide Australia out of trouble. 8/10

George Bailey: 183 runs at 26.14

Played joyful cameos, including 28 off a James Anderson over in Perth, but first-innings average of 13 – and tendency to nick, made it a disappointing debut series. 4/10

Brad Haddin: 493 runs at 61.61, 1 century and 21 catches

Saved Australia in every Test, passing 50 in the first innings of each game, and was impeccable behind the stumps. Big partnership with Clarke in Adelaide broke England's spirit. 10/10

Mitchell Johnson: 37 wickets at 13.97, 3 x 5W and 165 runs at 27.5

Raw pace and great control made these Mitch's Ashes and possibly saved the jobs of a few people at Cricket Australia. Took more wickets in a five-Test Ashes series than any Australian on home soil. 10/10

Peter Siddle: 16 wickets at 24.12 and 38 runs at 6.33

The unsung member of the pace trio conceded fewer runs per over than anyone in the series and dismissed Pietersen three times in the first three Tests. 8/10

Ryan Harris: 22 wickets at 19.31, 1 x 5W and 117 runs at 23.4

Pushed through pain to play all five Tests and was all over England with pace, swing and seam movement. Produced the the ball of the series to bowl Cook for a golden duck in Perth and appropriately finished off the clean sweep with a haul of five. 9/10


Nathan Lyon: 19 wickets at 29.36 1x 5W and 60 runs, no average

Cemented his place with wickets in every innings to support the quicks including a five-wicket haul at the MCG, joining the small band of Australian off-spinners with 100 Test wickets. Celebrated by leading the team song five times. 8/10

Chloe Saltau

Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.

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