Mitchell Marsh: A+
Mitchell Marsh looks to finally be delivering in his immense potential.
His average of 55 with the bat was good for second-best of either team for the series, as was his seven wickets. He also led Australia in both categories.
David Warner: A
The pick of the Aussies batsmen in this one-day series, David Warner was first among Australia for runs, and made the highest score (98) of either team in the series.
He’ll need to have a bigger impact in the Tests if Australia are going to take that series, but for the most part, he did his job this time without being fantastic.
After vehement campaigning, Usman Khawaja was finally given a spot in the ODI team, and he showed promise, making scores of 50 and 44.
More will be required to keep his spot in an ultra-competitive team, but with the form Khawaja is in, don’t bet against him to make a big score in 50-over cricket soon.
Josh Hazlewood continued in his rich vein of form, leading the Australia in wicket taking with seven (alongside Mitch Marsh).
One of the small number of Aussieswho did his job, all signs say Hazlewood is in for a big 2016 – here’s hoping he is.
James Faulkner: B+
Still the man I rate as the best all-rounder in the country, James Faulkner was given only one crack at New Zealand in the one-day series, before flying home due to injury and an impressive one it was.
His 36 with the bat and 2/67 with the ball were both impressive, and it would be good to see Faulker continue as a fixture in the Aussie lineup.
Scott Boland: B
Scott Boland is starting to come into his own as an international bowler, taking four wickets in two matches.
Considering his surprise debut a few months ago, it is good to see he is beginning to repay the faith. Let’s hope they continue to put work into him.
Adam Zampa: B
Australia has been through its fair share of spinners in the odi squad the past few years, so it’s always encouraging seeing one do well, especially on debut.
Adam Zampa took three wickets in his first-ever international series. Let’s hope the young leggy can continue to build on a good first hit-out.
John Hastings: B-
While he wasn’t overly impressive with the ball – three wickets for the series and an unimpressive average of 41 – it cannot be forgotten that he helped bat the Aussies to their game two victory with Mitch Marsh.
Their late-wicket partnership was pivotal to Australia winning their one and only match in Wellington. While batting is not his main job description, to stay out in the middle with an on-fire batsman is an important job for the tail.
Matthew Wade: F
Unimpressive with both bat and gloves, the selectors’ patience may finally be wearing thin with Matthew Wade.
His series was littered with dropped catches, and a batting average below 20 is a far cry from the Wade we’re familiar with.
Normally one of the countries’ best batsmen in this form of the game, George Bailey was another of the Aussie middle order that was virtually irrelevant throughout the series.
A series average of 11.66 is a far cry from the form he was showing when he was once the captain of this very side.
His international career continues to confuse. Coming off some solid performances at home against India, Richardson again disappeared against New Zealand away from home, scoring 19 runs and taking no wickets.
If he wants to continue his standing in the Australian one-day bowling rankings, he needs to convert the opportunities he gets into convincing performances.
Shaun Marsh: F
Shaun Marsh was another fringe international player who chose to not make use of a good as gold opportunity wearing the Aussie badge.
His one score of five hardly gave selectors much reason to consider his otherwise impressive batting record. The elder Marsh did himself little to no favours here.
The Victorian all-rounder had a shocking series.
The numbers tell the story for Maxwell, with scores of zero, six and zero and no wickets from 10 overs of bowling.
Steve Smith: F
Barely sighted throughout the series, Steve Smith made three very unimpressive scores of 18, two and 21.
A series to forget for Smith, all Aussies will be hoping he’ll be back to his normal self for the Test series.