The brilliant Australian report card following the Perth Test

David Warner… 10 out of ten! © Getty Images

 

By David Green

 

Marks out of ten:

 

Ed Cowan – 8: In years to come how many will remember his part in David Warner’s story? But the way he rotated the strike whilst scoring runs himself was crucial. Looks the perfect foil to Warner and will allow the selectors the luxury of playing Shane Watson down the order when he returns from injury.

 

David Warner – 10: The joint-fourth fastest Test ton ever and the quickest ever by an opener. What more can you say? Has taken to Test cricket like a duck to water with two contrasting hundreds and an average of 64 after his first five Tests.

 

Shaun Marsh – 2: Another tentative dismissal and just 14 runs in the series will leave him looking anxiously over his shoulder for the return of Watson. Still looks undercooked after the back injury he suffered in Cape Town.

 

Ricky Ponting – 3: After two fifties in Melbourne and finally hitting his 40th Test ton in Sydney it was perhaps not a surprise to see him depart for a single figure score here – albeit to a terrific delivery by Yadav. Took three smart catches in the slips. 

 

Michael Clarke – 5: His last dozen Test scores: 112, 151, 2, 11, 2, 139, 22, 0, 31, 1, 329* and 18 here show that the Australian skipper makes the opposition pay if they don’t get him early. Will be concerned about being part of another batting collapse but that will pale into insignificance compared to sealing the series already.  

 

Mike Hussey – 3: When “Mr Cricket” finally retires he may reflect that becoming Vinay Kumar’s first (and probably last) Test victim was his lowest and most embarrassing moment.

 

Brad Haddin – 1: Comprehensively failed to walk the walk with a three-ball duck, which means he only averages 19 with the bat since the start of 2011. With his shoddy work behind the stumps, the end days of Haddin’s Test career appear to be nigh. 

 

Peter Siddle – 8: Seems to chip in with three wickets every innings and did do on both occasions here as well as once again contributing useful runs. Has the best strike rate in the series of 33.5 and seems to have finally found his role in the side and in this menacing bowling attack.

 

Ryan Harris – 8: Bowled much better than his solitary wicket in each innings suggest with others getting the reward for the burly bowler’s accuracy and miserly 67 runs scored from his 34 overs. Splayed Rahul Dravid’s stumps with a beauty in the second  innings.

 

Mitchell Starc – 7: Another Australian left-arm quick called Mitchell who seems to like bowling at Perth and like his namesake produced some unplayable deliveries such as those that took out Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar second time around. Looked a completely different proposition from the erratic bowler who played his first two Tests late last year against New Zealand. 

 

Ben Hilfenhaus – 9: Another dominant display from a bowler utterly transformed from the impotent figure of last year’s Ashes. Then he took seven wickets at 59 in the series, now he has 23 wickets at 16 and a strike rate of 35. Phenomenal. 

 

 

(David Green is the brain behind the irreverent The Reverse Sweep blog and also writes for a number of cricket publications and sites such as World Cricket Watch. You can follow him on Twitter also@TheReverseSweep. David was a decent schoolboy and club cricketer (and scored his maiden 100 the same week that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test ton) but not good enough to fulfill his childhood dream of emulating Douglas Jardine by winning the Ashes in Australia and annoying the locals into the bargain. He now lives with his wife and two young children in the South of France and will one day write the definitive biography of Hedley Verity)