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England vs India 2nd Test Player Ratings: An Angry Aussie



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

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Oh boy. That was bad.

Spare a thought for me. If I went to get a drink from the fridge, I missed a wicket. Bathroom break? Missed a wicket, too. How about a quick look at Twitter? Three wickets.

Before the Test, and after the first day washout, I was thinking how to balance watching my EPL team Arsenal (yes, you can keep feeling sorry for me) in their opening game against Manchester City, whilst watching the Test match at the same time.

I didn’t need to bother.

This tour was supposed to be different for India. They were supposed to be an improved unit in foreign conditions under the leadership of Virat Kohli. Instead, we can all enjoy feeling a little younger, going back to 2011 and 2014, reliving those India tours of England.

To make matters worse, Virat Kohli now has back troubles. The timing is incredible, as he continues to carry this batting line up on his shoulders. Even ‘The Incredible Hulk’ would feel back pain.

Yes, conditions were difficult, and India copped the brunt of the clouds and rain. But, players of this calibre should not be pushing so hard at deliveries, or leaving gaps so big between bat and pad that you could drive a truck through it. It is asking for trouble against the swinging ball. Playing the ball late and under the eyes is something I thought India would do, and I’ve been left disappointed.

Why? Because England are our arch-enemy here in Australia, and they are cantering to a series win already. Credit to them – they won this game quicker than the blink of an eye. Almost quite literally. In less than two days of playing time, they blew India away, even while dropping quite a few chances in the slips. Incredible. Pakistan fans are absolutely rejoicing. The highly anticipated series, headlined by a Lord’s Test that looked like it could be played in warm, dry conditions, is screeching to an almighty halt.

In this cricket opinion piece, I will go through each player and rate them out of ten. I love doing this, but am a little heavy hearted that England are smiling. It’s not meant to be like this!

Warning: Savage Alert.


Sun: Showed up when required, and disappeared when asked to. A 10/10 performance. 10

Clouds: As soon as James Anderson walks onto the field, the clouds know what to do! A 10/10 display, also. 10
Alastair Cook: Three innings, three beauties. My Arsene Wenger reference from the first Test still applies I guess, but Cook has to sort out his off stump. His bat is coming from an angle at the moment. Can he sort this out to resurrect his Test career that is close to being on life support (if not already)? 3

Keaton Jennings: Not even Shane Watson would have reviewed the one Jennings did. It was so bad that he did the work of the third umpire, giving himself out, walking off after one replay. Leave a review for when the team needs it, brother. 2

Joe Root: Joe Root was more square than Spongebob SquarePants. That back leg was given a big work out, coming around his body quite a bit when playing his shots. The leading edge was really worked out, too. I tweeted that had he batted on day two, he would have been out long before. Also, could have had a cup of coffee in the field, watching his bowlers cause mayhem. 4

Ollie Pope: A very promising debut. Looked good with the bat, especially compared to Root, and took a couple of neat catches. 6

Jonny Bairstow: Magnificent batting, filled with superb strokeplay. Bairstow’s limited overs form has stretched into the Test format, and would be kicking himself on missing a century in the manner he did. 9

Chris Woakes: Four wickets and a century. What a performance. Chris Woakes was dreaming of home conditions during a wretched Ashes tour of Australia, and it’s easy to see why! He is dynamite in these conditions. 10

Sam Curran: Another good contribution with the bat, and threatening with the ball. Small in stature, but giving India big nightmares. 7.5

Adil Rashid: Didn’t bat, didn’t bowl, but reminded me of possibly the greatest ever GIF when Ashwin skied one in the first innings. I’ll leave it up to you to rate him.

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The great GIF Adil Rashid reminded me of!
Stuart Broad: Struggling ‘ABroad’, but man is he still fantastic in these conditions. A Broad special in the second innings, bowling a spell of 7-4-7-4, and now in the top ten wicket takers of all time. Just too good for India, here. 9

James Anderson: Nine in the Test, and he would have taken all 20 in very quick time if he was bowling on his own. The ‘King of Swing’ in England has now gone past 550 Test wickets, and has Glenn McGrath in his sights. 10



Murali Vijay: Somebody call the police. Inside and outside edge under severe attack. Victim of James Anderson’s mastery in the first dig. His hair is longer than his stay at the crease in this Test. Two great balls, unfortunately. A pair. 0

KL Rahul: Promised with a couple of nice strokes, even prompting my good Twitter friend @imsgshinde to predict he would score a second innings century! Damn, only missed out by 90. 1

Cheteshwar Pujara: From now on, India Test matches will feel incomplete without a Pujara run out. Displayed a bit of the fight we know of him in the second innings, but couldn’t deal with a big Broad inswinger. 2

Virat Kohli: Somebody check on the great man. Can he walk? He has a back injury, and I say it’s because of carrying the team in 2018. He has scored 27.22% of India’s runs across five Tests this year. He couldn’t go big at Lord’s, and look what has happened. Sold his mate Pujara down the river, which was not good. 4

Ajinkya Rahane: Pushing at the ball harder than a rugby player pushes in a scrum. Expected better from a class player, boasting a good record overseas… 4

Hardik Pandya: India’s second highest run scorer for the series so far. Yes, second highest. Cause for India fans to crawl up in a ball and start crying? I think so. 5

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Dinesh Karthik: A return to the Test side worthy of a horror movie. Stumps are being targeted by England’s bowlers, and DK can’t quite handle it right now. Difficult times. 1

Ravichandran Ashwin: PROMOTE HIM TO NUMBER THREE. More impact with bat than ball in this Test. 5

Kuldeep Yadav: Conditions were totally conducive to seam bowling, but India took a gamble and picked Kuldeep. He didn’t deliver. Conditions were far from dry. He was on a hiding to nothing. 1

Mohammed Shami: Was threatening to get India back in the game on the third day. Then fell away. 5

Ishant Sharma: Bowled an absolute peach to Cook, but that’s where the good news ended. The only Indian to score a century in the match. 2


So, there we have it. Can we say goodbye to India coming back in the series? 

They look all at sea against the swinging ball at the moment, and it will take a miracle of huge proportions to see them get something out of the series.

As much as it pains me to say… Full credit to England! Well played.

Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
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