Cameron Bancroft – 3
Bancroft had a difficult time in his second career test match, being run out on 10 in the first innings and falling to Anderson for four runs in the second. Gave him an extra point for an unfortunate run-out and the fact that Don Bradman himself would have found that Anderson night session spell a challenge to face.
David Warner – 5
Dismissed by Chris Woakes in both innings for 47 and 14 runs respectively, Warner was far from his best at the Adelaide Oval, which is surprising given his remarkable record at the venue. Will enjoy the WACA deck.
Usman Khawaja – 5.5
Contributed a handy 53 runs in the first innings to help the Aussies to their day two declaration, before becoming another victim of Anderson’s brilliance for 20 under lights. Needs a big innings to relieve pressure on his spot.
Steve Smith – 4
After an incredible performance in the first test, Smith came back to earth in Adelaide in an underwhelming showing. Innings of 40 and six were far from the undefeated 141 in Brisbane. Also dropped a decent opportunity in the slips and made a controversial decision not to enforce the follow-on.
Peter Handscomb – 4
Handscomb’s poor start to the Ashes summer continued at the Adelaide Oval with innings of 36 and 12 piling more pressure on his position in the test side. Caught well in the slips again, but with the inclusion of Mitch Marsh into the squad for the next test, his spot could be in jeopardy.
Shaun Marsh – 9
Marsh’s unbeaten first-innings ton was a remarkable innings from the maligned batsmen, an innings that ultimately gave the Aussies the breathing room that won them the game. Couldn’t back up his efforts with just 19 in the second innings, but has cemented his place in the side and silenced his army of critics…for now.
Tim Paine – 7
Paine had an impressive test match, keeping well behind the stumps and contributing with the bat. His 57 first-innings runs were vital in the declaration, with his catching equally vital in cleaning up the English on day five.
Mitchell Starc – 8
Starc took eight wickets over the two innings despite leaking runs at times, including five in the second innings to secure the victory. A constant wicket-taking threat, complementing Hazlewood’s consistency on the other end, yet with room to improve with the bat.
Pat Cummins – 7.5
Cummins had another excellent test match with bat and ball, taking crucial wickets of Root and Malan, while making 44 and 11 not out with the bat. The statistics don’t fully tell the tale of Cummins’ impact, who’s been one of the players of the series so far.
Nathan Lyon – 8
The GOAT’s unreal start to the summer is something to behold, taking a further six wickets in Adelaide, including the scalps of Cook and Ali in both innings. Also did his job as a nightwatchman at the end of day three when wickets were falling everywhere. Has taken Ali’s wicket in all four of his innings.
Josh Hazlewood – 6.5
Hazlewood wasn’t at his best in the second test, but stepped up on day five to seal the win. The wickets of Root and Woakes made the run chase near-impossible from what was a dangerous position for the Aussies.
Alastair Cook – 4
An improvement on his first test display, Cook was able to get a start in each innings before being dismissed on 37 and 16. Fell to Nathan Lyon on both occasions, a potentially worrying sign.
Mark Stoneman – 4
Stoneman continues to get off to solid starts before falling to the Aussie attack, in this case to Starc in both innings. Scores of 18 and 36 aren’t the worst outings, but will need more to lead England to victory.
James Vince – 2
The man dubbed ‘nick city’ by Triple M’s Kerry O’Keefe, Vince fell to two more dismissals caught behind on lowly totals of two and 15. The Aussies look confident of taking Vince’s wicket with each ball and should give him a tough time at the WACA.
Joe Root – 7.5
Root’s defiant second innings knock gave his side hope of an unbelievable upset victory before being dismissed early on day five. The rest of the game was less favourable for the skipper, scoring nine runs in the first innings and electing to send the Aussies in after winning the toss, a questionable decision to say the least.
Dawid Malan – 5
Not unlike his teammates, Malan got two solid starts to his innings without capitalising on them with a big total, being dismissed for 19 and 29 runs in each innings. Battled stoically late on day four to give England hope before falling to Cummins.
Moeen Ali – 2
Ali has had a below-par start to the Ashes with bat and ball, failing to impress with either as England’s all rounder. Was hit for 99 runs without taking a wicket across the two innings and made a total of 27 runs himself in a disappointing outing. Could be hindered by a finger injury suffered at the Gabba.
Jonny Bairstow – 6
Batted well in both knocks with 21 and 36, but was another who couldn’t go on with his initial efforts. Was impressive on day five as his fellow batsmen crumbled around him and should be batting above Ali on current form. Another solid game as keeper.
Chris Woakes – 7.5
Woakes had a far superior second test compared with his performance in the first, tearing through the Australian line-up in the second innings with figures of 4-36, taking the scalps of Warner, Smith, Marsh and Paine. Made 36 runs in the first innings and was one of the better players across the five days.
Craig Overton – 7.5
The English debutant took a first wicket to remember, that of Aussie skipper Steve Smith just as he looked on his way to another century. Took four wickets in the match and registered a crucial 41 not out to keep the Aussies at bay in the first innings.
Stuart Broad – 4
Only took the two wickets across the test, however, bowled economically in each innings. Wasn’t a poor bowling performance but didn’t have the threat that he usually possesses. Should enjoy the WACA wicket.
James Anderson – 8.5
The world’s premier swing bowler tore through the Aussie batting line-up during the day three night session, almost playing a lone hand in bringing England back into the series. Finally took a five-wicket haul in Australia, with figures of 5-43 more than making up for his 1-74 in the first innings.