Michael Vaughan (left) and Allan Border made some interesting points on MCG Test between Australia and England © Getty Images
Michael Vaughan (left) and Allan Border made some interesting points on MCG Test between Australia and England © Getty Images

Dec 30, 2013


Greats, Allan Border and Michael Vaughan rated players from both Australia and England for the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test match played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).


Australian team was rated by Allan Border


Chris Rogers 9/10


Opening batsman Chris Rogers essayed his second century of his career against England. Allan Border wrote on his column for Australian Cricket Family,  ”An outstanding performance from one of the good guys. He held Australia together in the first innings and scored a brilliant second-innings hundred to get us over the line. A really pleasing performance.” 


David Warner 4.5/10


On explosive Australian opener David Warner, Border wrote, “His worst game of the series. In the first innings he looked like he was still in Twenty20 mode. He got a good start in the second innings which helped set things up, and he gets a half-point extra for his high-quality fielding.”


Shane Watson 8/10


Border gave all-rounder Shane Watson a rating of eight out 10 points and wrote, “I was disappointed with his first-innings dismissal but he came back with a vengeance in the second innings. He does such a good job with the ball, but how we can keep him close to 100% fit and is the million-dollar question.”


Michael Clarke  3.5/10


With regard to Australian captain Michael Clarke, Border’s views, “A low score but on a personal performance rating he didn’t have much of a say in the game. He made 10 in the first innings, six not out in the second. But like in Perth, it’s pleasing to see Australia win without his contribution. He’s been such an important factor in us doing well whereas now it seems if he misses out we can still find a way to win. Still Australia’s best player.”


Steven Smith 3.5/10


For Steve Smith, Border gave rating points of 3.5 out of 10 and further wrote, “Not much to do in the match. He’ll learn from his first-innings dismissal. There’s no harm in grinding out a score against good bowling. We have this mindset that we need to attack all the time but sometimes you need to respect the conditions and you can’t always counterattack. He’s still learning how to be more consistent.”


George Bailey 3/10


With regard to Australian middle-order batsman George Bailey, Border’s opinion, “His contribution around the team is good but his personal performance in this Test match was below par. He got a duck in his only dig and is under enormous pressure at the moment. He really needs to get some runs in Sydney. Fingers crossed he does, because he’s a better player than we’ve seen and we want him to be a fixture in the team for the next few years.”


Brad Haddin 9/10


Brad Haddin did well at MCG. Border gave him rating points of nine out of 10 and wrote, “Saved our bacon yet again. We could have been  conceding a 120-run lead on the first innings which makes the game a very different scenario. It was on the back of his batting we got close on the first innings. He’s in a tight race with Mitchell Johnson for man of the series. I wonder where we’d be without Hads. His input over the four Tests has been quite telling.”


Mitchell Johnson 9.5/10


Border praised the star of Australia’s Ashes 2013-14 campaign, Mitchell Johnson highly and wrote, “Melbourne was a good batting track and he’s ruffling feathers. He’s causing people to get out at the other end as well. He comes on and there’s things happening. It might not necessarily be him taking wickets, guys at the other end are benefiting too. But he had eight wickets in the match, and the run-out of Root is the extra half-point. That was a pretty key moment. Another brilliant performance.”


Ryan Harris 6.5/10


Pacer Ryan Harris has supported Johnson well throughout the series against England. Border gave him 6.5 out of 10 for his performance in the MCG Test and wrote, “He didn’t have a lot of luck in the first innings with a few dropped catches, but another excellent performance. He seems to have some sore spots which kept him out of the action a little bit in the second innings where he bowled less overs than you would normally expect.”


Peter Siddle 5/10


Peter Siddle with his typical workmanlike performance troubled England at MCG. Border’s opinion on Siddle, “Another workmanlike performance as usual. He seems a bit down on pace but got some important wickets and does the hard yards. A deserved pass mark.”


Nathan Lyon 8.5/10


Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon picked a five-wicket haul against England. Border gave his views on Lyon, “What a great spinner’s performance, particularly in the second innings. I thought he was outstanding. Mixed it up very well, used the conditions very well and forced bad shots. Plus some very handy first-innings runs to keep the Aussies in touch. He hasn’t been dismissed yet, so whoever is batting with him could give him a bit more respect.”


England team was rated by Michael Vaughan


Alastair Cook 5/10


Michael Vaughan in his column wrote on Alastair Cook’s performance at MCG, “I thought this game was the best he’s batted in terms of movement at the crease, throughout the whole series. But his captaincy in this game was poor. Tactically, he got quite a few things wrong.”


Michael Carberry 4/10


Vaughan on Cook’s opening partner, Michael Carberry’s showing at MCG, “He’s occupying the crease and playing in a defensive fashion, but I thought it was his innings in the second innings that started the momentum shift Australia’s way. 11 off 80-odd balls just wasn’t good enough.”


Joe Root 2/10


Joe Root has had a disappointing tour of Australia. Vaughan wrote on him, “He’s had a poor game. He looked all at sea in that first innings, then running himself out in the second innings.”


Kevin Pietersen 8/10


England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen was the top scorer for the team in both innings at MCG. Vaughan gave him eight out of 10 points and wrote, “He was outstanding in this Test match. I thought this was the best, in terms of movement and batting for the situation of the team, that I’ve seen him play for a long, long time.”


Ian Bell 2/10


Ian Bell became the vice-captain in place of Matt Prior for the MCG Test. Vaughan’s views on Bell, “He had a stinker. That second-innings dismissal just isn’t good enough for someone that is highly regarded. We saw how well he can play in the series back home and how badly.”


Ben Stokes 7/10


Vaughan had a few kind words for all-rounder Ben Stokes and gave his opinion, “I think he’s the one positive from the whole tour. I think he’s a young player of immense talent. The way that he bowls is with good gas and energy and he fields well. His batting looks like it’s going to score consistent and dangerous runs throughout the world.”


Jonny Bairstow 4/10


Vaughan on England’s wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow who replaced Prior for the MCG Test match.


“He looked alright. In the first innings I thought he was pretty good behind the stumps, but his second innings and the pressure of the last day his technique just didn’t stand up to the occasion. Again, his batting looks dangerous and it looks like he could be dangerous as an aggressor, but his technique is all over the place against the left-arm of Mitchell Johnson.”


Tim Bresnan 4/10


Tim Bresnan had a poor game at MCG. Vaughan gave him four out of 10 points, “He had a quiet game. You have to do more than just restrict runs at this level. You’ve got to be more of a wicket-taking option rather than a dot-ball bowler. His batting’s just not scoring consistent enough runs to warrant the No.8 spot and that is one of the reasons why he is in the side.”


 Stuart Broad 7/10


Stuart Broad has been England’s stand-out the series. Vaughan was impressed with his skills.


“He’s the one bowler throughout the summer that you thought could go through the Australian team and really put them under a huge amount of pressure. I thought he bowled pretty well during the match.”


James Anderson6/10


England’s spearhead James Anderson took four wicket in the first innings at MCG. Vaughan wrote on him, “He bowled well in the first innings. I thought it was his best in terms of the stats and figures, but for rhythm he says that it was his worst. But I go on the stats and figures.”


Monty Panesar 6/10


England’s left-arm spinner Monty Panesar wasn’t successful at MCG. Vaughan’s views on the spinner, “He wasn’t used! He might as well have not played for the amount of overs that they bowled him. I have a worry about Monty that this England setup don’t see him as a part of their furniture. For what he did and what he bowled he didn’t bowl badly, they just didn’t bowl him enough.”