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England and Australia player ratings for the second Ashes Test

| 20.07.2015

Australia levelled the Ashes in emphatic fashion at Lord’s, making the St John’s Wood pitch look like a road when batting and a minefield when bowling.

Their fightback has swung Ladbrokes’ series betting back in their favour, with the bookie making Michael Clarke’s men the 1/2 favourites to claim victory and England, who turned in a woeful display, back out to 7/2.

Following the crushing 405-run win, here’s how all 22 men rated in London:


Adam Lyth – 2/10

Caught behind twice in the match and for the sixth time in his eight-innings Test career.

Alastair Cook – 7/10

Staunch resistance in the first innings, missing out on a maiden home Ashes ton by four.

Gary Ballance – 3/10

Any runs he makes at the moment seem remarkable.

Gary-Ballance-20-7-15Ian Bell – 3/10

The ultimate confidence player. Looks untouchable when riding high, but a shell when out of touch.

Joe Root – 6/10

Cannot always save the top order. Was the ninth man out in the second innings and continued chipping in with wickets with the ball.

Ben Stokes – 4/10

His bowling, like in Cardiff, was insipid. Failed to ground his bat in the second innings when run out for a duck.

Ben-Stokes-20-5-17Jos Buttler – 4/10

Flittered on the edge of proceedings, as he did in the first Test.

Moeen Ali – 5/10

Continues to take wickets on the back of Australia’s disdain for his bowling. Will receive plenty of short stuff after his second innings dismissal.

Stuart Broad – 9/10

The only England bowler to get anything out of the pitch in the first innings. Top scored in the hosts’ dire second dig too.

Stuart-Broad-20-7-15Mark Wood – 4/10

Will have questions over his durability as, for the second time this summer, looked off the pace in a back-to-back Test.

James Anderson – 2/10

When your star bowler goes wicketless on his favourite ground, you know you’re in for a tough time.


Chris Rogers – 8/10

Enjoying a fine farewell tour in Test cricket. Followed 173 with 49 in the second innings before retiring ill.

David Warner – 6/10

Made up for his rush of blood on the first morning with 83 in the tourists’ madcap second dig.

Steve Smith – 10/10

Showcased all of his talents with the willow in scoring 215, then blazed the English bowling for 58 to claim man-of-the-match honours.

Steven-Smith-20-7-15Michael Clarke – 5/10

A winning captain, but a batsman severely out of form.

Adam Voges – 5/10

Will need to make a big contribution soon otherwise critics may make him the weak link in this batting card.

Mitchell Marsh – 7/10

Complimented his two-wicket burst with brutish hitting. Already looks a better option than Shane Watson.

Peter Nevill – 8/10

A dream debut. 45 organised runs and seven catches in the match. Must retain his place.

Mitchell Johnson – 9/10

Six wickets in the match but, more importantly, returned to the fire-breathing bowling that destroyed England last winter.

Mitchell-Johnson-20-7-15Mitchell Starc – 7/10

Only took two wickets in the game, but complimented Hazlewood well with the new ball.

Josh Hazlewood – 8/10

The new McGrath. Will take bundles of Lord’s wickets in his career with that accuracy.

Josh-Hazlewood-20-7-15Nathan Lyon – 7/10

Got some deliveries to spin viciously. Ended with two second-innings wickets.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.