ASHES PLAYER RATINGS: Rory Burns' Brisbane horror show produces a 1

ASHES PLAYER RATINGS: Rory Burns’ Brisbane horror show will live long in the memory while Travis Head rubbed English noses in the Gabba dirt during the first Test

  • Australia demolished England by nine wickets in a meek first Ashes Test 
  • Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne made a target of 20 runs in 25 minutes
  • Rory Burns produced a horror show which must be addressed in Adelaide 
  • Steve Smith surprised after failing to hit the mark against England 

Australia demolished England by nine wickets in a meek first Ashes Test, as a rather lacklustre collapse unfolded in Brisbane.

Moments to forget were conjured up by Rory Burns and Jack Leach, while on the opposing side Steve Smith for once failed to hit the mark against England.

Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth was watching on to deliver his player verdicts, following the first Test… 

Australia demolished England by nine wickets in a meek first Ashes Test in Brisbane

1/10 Rory Burns A horror show. Fell first ball of the series, dropped Warner on 48 and avoided taking strike in the second innings. Needs runs at Adelaide.

6/10 Haseeb Hameed Not overawed. Batted through England’s nightmare first session, and was looking at home in the second when he was strangled down leg.

7/10 Dawid Malan Flirted occasionally outside off, but with Root made Australia’s attack look vulnerable on the third afternoon.

6.5/10 Joe Root Batted beautifully for 89 after his first-innings duck, but has to take blame for the selection and toss decisions.

4/10 Ben Stokes A quiet comeback: 19 runs in all and 12 wicketless overs for 65, plus inevitable speculation about his fitness.

Rory Burns fell first ball of the series and avoided taking strike in the second innings

5.5/10 Ollie Pope Showed maturity on the first day, then played a naïve shot against Lyon on the fourth morning.

6.5/10 Jos Buttler His first-innings 39 backed up his pledge to attack. A shame his second-innings 23 ended with a tame fiddle. Kept well.

6/10 Chris Woakes Bowled the first over of a Test innings for the first time in five years, which didn’t say much for England’s planning. Faces a fight for his place at Adelaide.

7.5/10 Ollie Robinson Looked instantly at home in the Ashes cauldron, hammering out a probing line. But what’s happened to his batting?

2/10 Jack Leach Oh dear. Australia decided to go after him, and never let up. Thirteen overs for 102 makes him hard to select now.

7/10 Mark Wood Deserved better than three for 85, and struck Warner in the ribs. Serious pace. How many Tests can England get out of him?

Thirteen overs for 102 makes Jack Leach hard for England to select now


8/10 David Warner Needed plenty of luck, but still had the nous to force his way to 94. Sore ribs a concern for Australia.

5/10 Marcus Harris Hit the winning runs, but England will fancy their chances outside off stump.

8/10 Marnus Labuschagne Looked set for a maiden Ashes hundred when he slapped Leach to point. Had to settle for 74 – only 13 more than his Test average.

5/10 Steve Smith Failed, for once, against England when he fended at Wood. Doesn’t often fail twice in a row.

9/10 Travis Head Rubbed English noses in the Gabba dirt with 152 in 148 balls, putting last season’s Championship average of 18 with Sussex into perspective.

Travis Head ubbed English noses in the Gabba dirt with 152 in 148 balls

7/10 Cameron Green Bowled with pace and accuracy to take three cheap wickets, including Root on the fourth morning, and off-set a golden duck.

7/10 Alex Carey Two low scores, but superb glovework: eight catches were a world record for a Test debutant.

9/10 Pat Cummins Is captaincy always this easy? Lost a good toss, took a cheap five-for, and cracked jokes throughout.

7/10 Mitchell Starc His first ball went straight into the Ashes Hall of Fame, then added the important wicket of Buttler. Loose in the second innings.

8/10 Nathan Lyon Waited a while for his 400th Test wicket, then four came at once against demoralised opponents.

8/10 Josh Hazlewood Almost unplayable on the first morning – as Malan and Root discovered – but Australia may need to nurse him through this series.

Australia will find they may need to nurse Josh Hazlewood through this series

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