INDIA vs AUSTRALIA

India v Australia 4th Test – Australia Player Ratings

Here are CricTracker’s ratings of all the Australian players.

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Australian Team. (Photo Source: BCCI)

An outright poor batting display in the 2nd Innings of the 4th Test was more than enough to help India lay a hand on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the 4th Day of the Test match.

Australia, as a batting unit in this series, has always begun the test match on a positive note with good scores in the first Innings of a Test match. The decider test in Dharamshala was no different, with Australia getting off to a flier after Matt Renshaw’s dismissal.

Australia went into Lunch on Day 1 with 130 runs already on board with the loss of Renshaw’s wicket. David Warner, after failing for the most of the series began the Test in sublime form timing the deliveries right off the middle of his bat.

Warner, after getting off to a fantastic start gave his wicket away when he went back on his crease in an attempted cut shot off Kuldeep Yadav’s flipper. The result was abysmal for the batsman as he was caught at first slip which was also incidentally Kuldeep’s first Test wicket.

There was the second sign of an Australia collapse after a similar collapse emerged in the Bengaluru test on the last day of the 2nd Test. Australian batsmen looked clueless against the Chinaman Kuldeep, who was weaving his magic on the Australian batsmen.

The Australians ended the innings with a total of 300 runs, with another fantastic hundred from the captain Steve Smith and contributions from the lower order.

Australia, were unlucky for most parts of the Indian innings as the bowlers had toiled hard enough to get the edge of the Indian batsmen.

Matt Renshaw’s missed opportunities would eventually come back to haunt the Australian team. Nathan Lyon, in particular, showed tremendous character and experience to take another five-wicket haul in the sub-continent.

Australian second Innings shadowed the Proverb “Fall like a house of cards”, with each of the top-order Aussie batsmen failing to show temperament and skills on a tricky pitch on the third day.

Wade was unbeaten on 25. However, it would be safe to point the finger at Matthew Wade for playing a slow inning when the other batsmen were torn apart. A reckless double on the last ball of the over to leave the No.11 on strike is a school-boy error from the experienced wicketkeeper.

India, needed 105 runs to pull off an incredible comeback after suffering a painful defeat in the First Test of the tour. India was in total control of the chase, albeit a few nervous overs during the middle stage when Pat Cummins dismissed Murali Vijay before Maxwell ran Pujara out.

Indian Skipper Ajinkya Rahane walked out to bat with KL Rahul to ensure that there were no more hiccups in the innings. They safely guided the Nation to a 2-1 victory against a determined Australian outfit.

Here are CricTracker’s ratings of all the Australian players:

1. David Warner – 4/10

David Warner has had his share of struggle throughout the series against the likes of Ashwin and Umesh Yadav. He has hardly managed to convert a start into a good inning of any sort.

The Australian opener did not do in this Test as well, getting out for a well-made 56 in the first innings following it with a distraught six runs in the second.

The tough opener was batting extremely well and looked calmer in the first innings when the ball was swinging for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Yadav.

Dharamshala was that ground where Warner could utilise to come back to form against a formidable Indian bowling lineup. Warner was undone by a ripper of a delivery from the debutant Yadav, who dismissed him soon after lunch.

2. Matt Renshaw – 2/10

David Warner’s fellow opener Matt Renshaw is an exact opposite of the former. At just 20 years of age, Renshaw has showcased the ability to bat long with a solid defence. The opener has always replied to the sledging from Indian bowlers with a smile.

Renshaw put up a dismal performance in the 4th test where he was dismissed very cheaply in both the innings to Yadav, who had bowled very well to the 20-year-old.

His defence was torn apart in the first innings when he misjudged the length of the ball to get castled off Umesh’s bowling. In the second innings, however, the opener was undone by some beautiful swing bowling from Umesh, who edged the ball to wicketkeeper Saha for just eight runs.

3. Steven Smith – 8/10

Steve Smith, the No.1 batsman in the World at the longer format showed his class in the first innings of the Test match. The long handle allowed Smith to smack the Indian bowlers all around the ground as he did not put a foot wrong in the first innings.

He was dismissed after an outstanding reflex catch at slip by the Indian skipper for a well-made 111 runs. He smacked the Indian bowlers all over the park with a total of 14 boundaries under his name.

A rare failure in the second inning left the Australian middle-order tore open. He was dismissed after showing ominous form in the second innings with consecutive boundaries off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s bowling before edging a delivery on to his off stump for 17 runs.

4. Shaun Marsh – 3/10

Shaun Marsh, could not repeat the success of the third Test,  failing in both the innings with scores of 4 and 1 in the final Test.

The 33-year-old did not exhibit the form that he showed during the third test where his formidable partnership with Peter Handscomb saved the Test match.

The double failure meant that Shaun Marsh rounded off the Indian tour with disappointment.

5. Peter Handscomb – 7/10

Peter Handscomb comes into the series with a solid display against the Pakistanis at home. Handscomb found it particularly difficult to adjust to the conditions in Sub-continent in the first two Test matches of the series.

He justified his selection in the Test squad with an outstanding inning under pressure in the 3rd test after the Indians sniffed victory on the last day of the Test match.

The 25-year-old was undone by a beautiful wrong-un from Kuldeep Yadav for eight runs, after an incredible display in the third Test. The batsmen showed a display of steel in the second inning with a well-made 18 runs before getting out to a beautiful piece of fielding from the captain.

6. Matthew Wade – 6/10

Matthew Wade showed glimpses of the damage that he could do for the Indians in the first 3 Test matches without actually performing consistently against the Indian bowlers.

Wade scored a mammoth 57 runs in the first innings propelling Australia to a total of 300 runs. Wade, backed his first innings heroics with another unbeaten 25 before a brain-fade allowed Indians to wrap up the innings.

7. Glenn Maxwell – 7/10

Glenn Maxwell’s inclusion was not a surprise after Marsh’s injury as it seemed destined that the Kings XI Punjab would play a part someday or the other.

Maxwell’s technique against the spinner has always been a concern for the visitors. With Ashwin and Jadeja in such form, it seemed that his inclusion would prove to be either a big hit or a massive flop.

He, however, proved his worth to the dressing room with a well made century in the first innings of the third Test scoring 104 runs.

Maxwell, was done by a ripper of a delivery from the debutant Yadav, who confused the batsmen with a wrong-un which spun past his bat to find the stumps for a walk.

His score of 45 runs in the second innings was probably the best performance from the Australian team in the second innings of the fourth Test.

 

8. Pat Cummins – 8/10

Cummins had huge shoes to fill after fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out with a stress fracture. Cummins made a five-year comeback with an excellent display of fast-bowling in his second ever Test appearance.

Cummins started the second test on the trot for the first time in his career bagging four wickets in the first innings of the Test match. His deliveries kept the Indian batsmen on their toes, with a marvellous display of fast bowling.

He scored a decent 21 runs in the first innings and backed it up with 12 runs in the second innings of the Test, where he looked more comfortable than the Australian openers.

9. Nathan Lyon – 8.5/10

Lyon was always going to be the No.1 spinner for Australia coming into a big tour such as this.

O’Keefe’s magic display led the Aussies to an outstanding victory in the first test. Lyon did the trick in the second, bagging eight wickets in the first innings of the Test match. Lyon since then has been rather silent and ineffective.

The match was set for a huge Indian lead with Pujara and Rahane well-settled in the crease. He turned the match around with a beautiful spell of spin bowling picking up three quick wickets before Tea. After tea, Lyon picked up the crucial wicket of Ashwin before the end of day’s play. Lyon completed another five-wicket haul in India with the dismissal of Kuldeep Yadav.

10. Josh Hazlewood – 5/10

Hazlewood has always bowled beautiful lines and hit the right lengths in this Test series without getting proper results in his favour. The six-wicket haul in Bengaluru was one of the best display from the fast-bowler.

Since, then the fast-bowler has gone incognito with a below-par performance in Ranchi, following it up with a below-par performance in Dharamshala where Cummins controlled the game for the Aussies.

He has had an incredible outing in India and was supposed to do well here too. The Indians, on the other hand, did their homework and unlucky Hazlewood could not do much in the final Test of the series.

11. Steve O’Keefe – 4/10

O’Keefe became a sensation after he grabbed identical figures in the first Test match, with a total of 12 wickets in just one Test. Since then the left-arm spinner has been a bit of hit and miss for the Aussies.

O’Keefe followed his heroics with a below-par performance in Bengaluru, a pitch where the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja and Lyon performed exceedingly well. The third Test too was a bit of dismal for the left-arm spinner.

The left-arm spinner would go home disappointed after a promising start to his Indian tour.

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