Cook had a terrible game as captain; he appeared to command little respect in the field and was unable to inspire his team. His tactical inadequacies were glaringly exposed on the second morning when Australia added 100 runs for their last 4 wickets by edging the ball to the vacant third man boundary. Battled bravely for a first innings 72 but fell tamely and then looked mentally shot in the second innings. Might benefit from moving down to number 3.
Carberry again looked calm and assured at the crease but fell when well set, although admittedly he was unlucky to be dismissed in both innings. He was also much sharper in the field during this test as well; in sharp contrast to the rest of the team. England need to stick with him at the top of the order though as he gives them attacking impetus at the top of the order.
Resisted bravely for 2 hours in the second innings before being extremely unfortunate to be given out. Appears to have the technique and temperament to prosper at the top of the order for England in Australia. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a hundred in one of the last two tests.
Appears to be incapable of playing the match situation and lets his ego get the better of him too often – but we knew that already! Pietersen is a luxury in a successful team; capable of winning games on his own but not the man for a crisis. England need to decide if they can continue to have the luxury of Pietersen or whether it’s time to say thanks and part ways.
His 60 in the second innings gave England a glimpse of what could have been. Still appears to be in the same rich vein of form from the summer but he now appears to be finding ways to get out. His self-inflicted dismissal in the second innings late on day 4 was a real sucker punch for England’s hopes.
The only real bright spot for England in this game. Stokes’ bowling was steady enough; he was quick and hurried the Aussie batsmen but he still needs to gain more control and some movement of the pitch. It was his batting however, that really impressed at Perth. Stokes played a lone hand for England in the second innings and at least salvaged some pride. He pulled Jonson and Harris with control and aggression, showing the rest of the batsmen how they should have been playing throughout the series. Alongside Carberry he has clearly benefitted from a full year in county cricket.
This was Prior’s worst game behind the stumps since his recall over 5 years ago. His poor form with the bat has obviously clouded his mind and his glovework has slipped as a consequence. His batting does show small signs of improvement but I’m not sure how long England will stick with him in this series before they think about blooding Bairstow in Australian conditions.
Rushed back into the side too soon to compensate for the lack of form shown from England’s tall trio of fast bowlers. Looked short of match practice and seemed down on pace and control. His batting also seemed to be less solid than has come to be expected. Let down by others lack of form.
Injury to his foot while batting in the first innings curtailed his involvement at Perth. Unable to bowl in the second innings and only batted on one leg. England could have done with him in the second innings, on a tour where he has undoubtedly been England’s finest bowler. Bowled well in the first innings to dismiss Watson and Bailey with good deliveries but predictably lost his rag as the home side plundered easy runs on the first afternoon.
Looks completely lost on this tour, his bowling has lost its zip and flight and he is no longer troubling Australia’s top order – even the left handers. Michael Clarke has led his team well in attacking Swann and the England spinner has fallen woefully short and has been unable to respond. His batting also seems to be going backwards; he is rapidly becoming a genuine tail ender. It’s make-or-break for Swann; age is not on his side and with five tests in six weeks against India next summer it may be time for England to consider a younger spinner.
Another that has looked terrible on this tour. Although his control is still there with the new ball he has lost the ability he had on the last Ashes tour to make the Kookaburra ball move in the air and off the pitch. He was plundered for a world record equalling 28 runs in an over on the fourth day and looked devoid of energy and confidence. He is still a world class bowler but could possibly do with a break and replacing him with Finn or even flying Onions in over Christmas would not be a bad idea for England.