Australia vs England, fourth Ashes Test player ratings: Who starred and who struggled in Sydney draw?

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David Warner

A punchy 30 set the tone for Australia first up before he continued the ‘Warner wicket, bowled Broad’ theme. Three in the second innings meant his impact on the match wasn’t all that much. The intent was there, though, and a sharp slip catch late on day five almost won it for Australia. 4/10

Marcus Harris

Left more questions than answers about his opening spot with a 30-odd and a 20-odd. Yet to get a century at this level and with Khawaja managing two in one match, Harris might be the one to make way once Travis Head returns. 6/10

Marnus Labuschagne

Two twenties to follow-up a solitary single in the last Test, which constitute the sum total of his contributions since becoming the number one-ranked ICC Test batter, and the accolade is starting to look like a cursed Crown. His chirping has got louder, too. 4/10

Steve Smith

Looked in fluent form partnering Usman Khawaja and seemed well on his way to three figures before Stuart Broad intervened in the first innings. Too good not to get there at some point in this series. Added to the late drama with his leg spin (remember that?) poaching England’s ninth wicket. 7/10

Usman Khawaja

The perfect 10? Difficult not to. Twin tons on his return to Test cricket after two years out of the side, a more mature, humble Khawaja is now a firm favourite at the SCG and his batting backed it up. Pleasing on the eye, neither century looked in doubt. Creates quite the headache for Australia’s selectors with a Covid-recovered Travis Head returning in Hobart. Undroppable, surely? 10/10

Cameron Green

Now that’s why they call him Australia’s next great all-rounder. Has been a handful with the ball all series and continued to be so at Sydney, but it was partnering Khawaja with the bat in the second innings where he really shone. Australia needed him and an imposing 74 delivered. 8/10

Alex Carey

All glovemen are fallible. A couple of drops that should have been his and with Australia falling just one wicket shy of a win, will be kicking himself. Two unflattering batting innings but was truly shafted by his captain in the second, sent in moments before the declaration and duly falling for a first-ball duck. 3/10

Pat Cummins

Two more imposing bowling performances, which we’ve come to expect, but this is the first time his captaincy will come under scrutiny. Too perfect, Pat? Too sentimental to declare before Australian batters reached milestones and will be wondering for some time how Australia didn’t come away with the win. 6/10

Mitchell Starc

An unbeaten 30 with the bat and Mitchell Starc is in true all-rounder territory. He’s tiring, however, and no wonder considering he’s the only fast bowler to have played every single Test in this series. Give him a break. 4/10

Nathan Lyon

Will be accused of not bowling his side to victory in the fourth innigns but the pitch, and conditions, never really gave him the chance. Quality bowler, and some bolshy batting all add to the mix. 6/10

Scott Boland

Was not the man whose name you’d have imagined being the one nicking off England’s batters left, right and centre. A skilful seamer with another seven-for to his name; deserves all the plaudits he gets. 9/10

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