The host Australia was a dominant force in this Magellan Ashes Series as they beat England 4-0 to wrap up the Ashes series comprehensively. Australia beat England by an innings and 123 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground to seal the series.
Australia displayed a complete team effort on their way to decimate England as everybody chipped in at the right time to help the team’s cause.
Let’s take a look at the statistics from the Magellan Ashes Down Under:
Top 5 run-scorers
Steve Smith (AUS) 687 @ 137.40: The Australian skipper was entirely in red-hot form as he registered hundreds in the first, third and fourth Tests. He is the deserving winner of the Compton-Miller Medal as he won his first Ashes as Australian skipper.
Shaun Marsh (AUS) 445 @ 74.16
The veteran southpaw used the opportunity to full effect, posting vital half-centuries in the first and fourth Tests and scoring a hundred in Adelaide and Sydney in a breakout campaign. He was a vital force to reckon with in Australia’s middle-order.
David Warner (AUS) 441 @ 63
The swashbuckling opener didn’t have a good series by his standards, but he scored 441 runs – highlighted by a century on Boxing Day.
Dawid Malan (ENG) 383 @ 42.55
The highest run-scorer for England, he is one of the few Englishmen who did a whole well to his reputation. The left-hander showed impressive determination and posted his maiden Ashes Test on a seaming pitch in Perth.
Joe Root (ENG) 378 @ 49.02
The England skipper registered half-centuries on five occasions in the series, but the fact he didn’t turn any of them into three figures will hurt as much as the 0-4 series defeat.
Top 5 wicket-takers (more than 10 wickets)
Pat Cummins (AUS) 23 @ 24.65
It was his first Ashes series, his first Tests at home and his first as the leading wicket-taker. Cummins did a magnificent job playing five Test matches at a stretch. He was the man of the match in the last Test picking eight wickets shared evenly in both the innings.
Mitch Starc (AUS) 22 @ 23.54
The left armer missed the MCG Test due to injury but was at his usual best in the other four Tests. Wasn’t as accurate as his bowling partners at times, but troubled the batsmen when he hit the ball in right areas.
Josh Hazlewood (AUS) 21 @ 25.90
The right-handed quickie increased his pace as the series went on to go with his nagging accuracy. He led the bowling attack in the absence of Starc in the Boxing Day Test and did a very good job.
Nathan Lyon (AUS) 21 @ 29.23
Australia sole offie was one of the crucial factors in between the two teams. He bowled some superb lines, troubling England’s left-handers in particular.
James Anderson (ENG) 17 @ 27.82
The greatest exponent of swing bowling had good times in patches for England in conditions that don’t suit him. Even though he picked wickets at regular intervals – even when he didn’t make the breakthroughs – keeping the run rate down in at times searing heat.
Top 5 highest individual scores
Alastair Cook (ENG) 244* @ MCG
Steve Smith (AUS) 239 @ WACA
Mitch Marsh (AUS) 181 @ WACA
Usman Khawaja (AUS) 171 @ SCG
Shaun Marsh (AUS) 156 @ SCG
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