BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates dismissing Rory Burns of England during day one of the First Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at The Gabba on December 08, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Australia have romped to a dominant four-nil Ashes series victory over England, finishing the final Test in Hobart inside three days of cricket.

Pat Cummins’ side have barely been challenged during the biggest cricket series the sport has to offer, only missing out on victory in Sydney by a single wicket after more than 50 overs were lost due to rain.

In a complete team effort, it has also lifted Australia into the top two in the World Test Championship.

Here are Zero Wicket’s player ratings for the Aussies during the Ashes series.

Pat Cummins (c) - 9/10
Cummins, in his first series as captain, was phenomenal in leading the Aussies from the front.

He missed the Adelaide Test, but was otherwise rock-solid and came away from the series with more wickets than any other bowler, taking 21 at 18.04.

His captaincy was also outstanding, and it’s hard to disagree with much he did outside of the delayed declaration in Sydney which, as it turned out, probably cost the 5-0 sweep.

Australian bowler Pat Cummins reaches for the ball on the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia won by South Africa at Wanderers cricket ground on March 31, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Steve Smith (vc) - 7
Smith, also back as part of the Australian leadership team, had a strong series without being fantastic.

It’s clear he did his job as vice-captain, assisting Cummins when he was bowling and taking over for Adelaide, but the weight of runs for one of the world’s batsmen just wasn’t there, scoring 244 at 30.5. That still left him as the sixth-best batsman in the series though, so make of that what you will.

Scott Boland - 9
The only reason Boland doesn’t get a ten is that he didn’t take part in the first two Tests of the series. Not his fault of course, but it’s impossible to give him a ten based on that.

The three Tests he played though were something special from Boland. 18 wickets at 9.55 is one way to start a Test career, bowling long spells and firing Australia to victory in Melbourne, while he also made 72 runs with the bat from number ten.

Alex Carey - 5
It’s hard to know what to make of Carey’s series. One half-century with the bat and another 49 during Australia's final innings of the series in Hobart, but outside of those two efforts, he scored just 83 runs in seven innings, six if you discount the minor run chase where he opened in Adelaide.

His keeping was solid at times, but also poor at others with some dropped catches. He pouched most of the regulation ones, but that isn’t what defines the great Test keepers.

The runs in Hobart will mean he gets picked for the first Test in Pakistan in a month’s time, but he will need a good effort in the sub-continent to hold off Josh Inglis.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: Alex Carey of Australia looks on during day one of the First Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at The Gabba on December 08, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Cameron Green - 8
Green was poor with the bat early in the series, but found his groove at the back end to finish the series with 228 runs and a pair of half-centuries from number six in the batting lineup.

That will buy him more time in the team ahead of the trip to Pakistan, but it was his bowling which really thrived. Despite underuse early in the series, he bowled generally excellently and wound up with 13 wickets at 15.76 from a tick over 80 overs.

Marcus Harris - 3
Marcus Harris gets some points for his score in Melbourne, and a bit of grit when under the pump in Sydney, but it was, all in all, a terrible series for the opener which saw him ultimately dropped for the Hobart Test.

Despite Usman Khawaja not scoring any runs on a green seamer against the pink ball in Hobart, it could be some time before Harris gets another crack at Test cricket, scoring just 103 runs in six innings outside of his effort in Melbourne.

Josh Hazlewood - 5
Hazlewood only managed a single Test in the series before succumbing to an injury that was supposed to rule him out of a single Test, but ultimately kept him out of the series and paved the way for Boland’s Test debut.

That said, he was part of an Aussie team who rolled England for 150 at the Gabba, finishing with match figures of 3 for 74.

Travis Head - 10
Head was named player of the series, and it’s a decision that is somewhat difficult to argue with. He finished as the leading run-scorer, made two centuries (one in Adelaide and one in Hobart) and despite missing the Sydney Test with COVID, never missed a beat at number five.

He was rock solid, took the fight to the English side with a strike rate of 86 and, given his spot wasn’t secure at the start of the series, never put a foot in the wrong direction in cementing that role in the Aussie batting line up.

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HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:Travis Head of Australia bats during day one of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena on January 14, 2022 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Usman Khawaja - 6
Khawaja was only given two Tests - and that was realistically supposed to be one until he was given a look inside the door, only to kick it off its hinges.

The beneficiary of Head’s COVID positive result, Khawaja made twin centuries in Sydney before being promoted to the top of the order in Hobart. He might have made twin failures in the Tasmanian capital, but that won’t change the fact he is now the front-runner to open up in Pakistan.

Marnus Labuschagne - 8
It never felt like Labuschagne properly got going in this series, but the stats paint a different picture. He managed 335 runs at 41.87, making him the second-highest run-scorer for the series behind Travis Head.

It was undoubtedly a low-scoring Ashes series, and it made Labuschagne’s somewhat quietly made results - which included a century and two half-centuries - all the more impressive.

Nathan Lyon - 8
Lyon may not have bowled a single ball in the Hobart Test, but the other four saw him take 16 wickets at less than 24.

Given how tricky bowling off-spin in Australia has proven to be (just ask Jack Leach who took six wickets at 53.5), Lyon’s returns are impressive for a series that was dominated by quick bowlers on green wickets.

The only detracting factor is the inability to bowl Australia to a win in Sydney.

Michael Neser - 4
Neser had just the one Test in Adelaide as Australia grappled with injuries in the bowlers, but wasn’t it a well-deserved debut in the highest form the game has to offer?

He bowled consistently in that Test without being remarkable, ending up with 2 for 61 from 24 overs across the match. Unfortunately, the emergence of Boland means he has slipped further behind in the queue, and it could be his one and only Test.

Jhye Richardson - 6
Richardson, like Neser, only managed a single Test in the series, taking 5 for 120 in what was a standout performance. He averaged just 24 with the ball and never looked anything close to out of place.

Will almost certainly be in the squad for the Pakistan tour.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Jhye Richardson of Australia celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal of Sri Lanka during day one of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at The Gabba on January 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Mitchell Starc - 10
Cummins might have been the leading wicket-taker, and Boland might have grabbed all the headlines, but Starc was consistently excellent throughout the series.

He led an, at times, extremely inexperienced attack, and while he might have dropped away a little at the back end of the series, his 19 wickets at 25.36 with an economy of just three - remarkably low for Starc - tell you all you need to know.

Add to that his batting efforts, which saw him average almost 40 and rescue Australia from a sticky situation or two, and the ten is justified.

David Warner - 7
Warner fell away badly in Sydney and Hobart, but was excellent before that, finishing the series with the fourth-highest tally of runs at 273, averaging a tick over 34.

In conditions that were always tricky for batting, particularly against the new ball, Warner played a more consolidated role than normal with a strike rate of just 50, but his performance was excellent when it counted.