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Will you laugh? 4th ODI England v Australia player ratings



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

Australia have travelled to England FOUR nothing.

I didn’t manage to write a preview for the 4th ODI, but another predictable result presents the perfect opportunity to write a light-hearted match review.

Yes, the World Cup will hold greater significance than this series, but Australia still don’t possess rubbish players. Sure, you can’t imagine seeing the likes of India, South Africa and other top sides shaking and shivering scared of this team, but the thrashings are still disappointing. Even Royal Challengers Bangalore would fancy a win against Australia at the moment. Could Glenn McGrath or Chris Martin even score runs as well?

Scotland were able to expose England’s shortcomings, and the fact Australia have barely come close to England so far is quite sad. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and focus on the basics. A good start would be to execute some damn yorkers. You know, the balls that are difficult for batsmen to get under. They have about 1,064 different types of balls they try to bowl, but are missing the basics. Knuckle balls, cutters, back of the hand, side of the hand, front of the hand, fast bouncer, slow bouncer, balls in the pads, short-wide balls and the good old length ball that is so hard to hit at the death (not).

The underarm delivery is looking tempting, too… They might try that before reverting to the yorkers.

For England, it’s been a good series. The 4th ODI further emphasised their dominance, but it remains to be seen whether they can translate it to tangible success in the future.

In this cricket opinion piece, I will go through each player from the 4th ODI and rate them out of ten! I’ll start with Australia. Some solace in a tough period.


Aaron Finch: Century at the top and batted through to the 40th. Travis Head outscored him quite significantly in the early stages, though. 8.5

Travis Head: Adil Rashid owes him dinner for such a nice gift. It was so perfectly wrapped, with a nice little ribbon on top. Looked really good. Shame he didn’t kick on. 8

Shaun Marsh: Can you at the start of 2018 if someone said Shaun Marsh would be arguably Australia’s best ODI performer? Happy for Shaun, but I might start crying at the same time. 9

Marcus Stoinis: 1 run and no wickets. Another reason to start crying. 0

Ashton Agar: Went for six an over. Absolute scenes. That’s the equivalent of maiden after maiden in Tests. Couple of wickets, too. Did OK. 7

Alex Carey: Was rightly brought into the side, didn’t get much time at the crease, and then smoked one straight to deep midwicket. Tried to swing the Willey, but got it wrong. 2

Tim Paine: Tim is in a whole lot of Paine. 3

Michael Neser: If you got rating points for bowling on the pads when fine leg is up in the ring, Michael would get 20/10. Instead he gets two. 2

Jhye Richardson: Big learning curve for the young bloke. 1

Billy Stanlake: Was getting driven on the up a few times. Expensive outing and lacked impact, which was disappointing. 2

Nathan Lyon: The GOAT. Under six an over. Started bowling in the fifth over. Decent effort. 6

Special mention – Andrew Tye: Didn’t play this game but so what? Great century at Trent Bridge.


Jason Roy: Roy the boy. His amazing form continues. Thought he wouldn’t deliver any more favours to Australia after running himself out at Trent Bridge. Ruthless. 9.5

Jonny Bairstow: Nearly scored his fifth hundred in seven matches. Got out to a ball that should have been smashed to the fence? 9

Alex Hales: 45 balls for 34? What is this nonsense? All jokes aside, still a very composed effort for England after smashing Australia at Trent Bridge like they were an under 11s side.

No, no that’s unfair…. on the under 11s. 8

Joe Root: That Joe Root gave away only 44 in his ten overs is cause for massive celebrations. Can’t believe Australia would let him get away with that. Played a couple of decent shots in the chase, too. 7.5

Eoin Morgan: Paid a tribute to Shane Watson and reviewed when he was out. Led him team pretty well in the field when Australia were on track for 330+. 4

Jos Buttler: Send Jos to Australia and give him an Australian citizenship. Is it possible, please? 42 of his 54 runs came in boundaries. Carnage to end the game. 9

Moeen Ali: Seven fruitless overs for 43 and then chilled out watching his teammates take apart Australia again. 4

David Willey: Bit of a tough start for Willey but then came good towards the end of the innings. Took four and kept Australia to a lower-than-desired score. 7

Craig Overton: Craig kept getting hit OverTheBoundary. Not the answer for England’s pace attack in ODIs, in my opinion. 2

Adil Rashid: Should take Travis Head out for dinner for gifting a wicket off a long-hop filthier than Australia’s death (especially) bowling. Took two wickets but was expensive. 5

Mark Wood: Before Willey came good, Wood took two in the 40th to start the loss of momentum for Australia. Wood and Willey combining. Geez. 7

Final word: 5-0 whitewash incoming. No more to say.

Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
Charbel is the owner & founder of, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at

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