We assess the Australian side after an eight-wicket loss to England in the Cricket World Cup semi-final on Friday morning. Jon Pierik has given each player a mark out of 10, with their tournament tally up to the end of the round robin stage in brackets.
David Warner – 3 (55)
9 off 10 balls
He began superbly with a cover drive off Chris Woakes that had many thinking this would be Australia's day. There would be another boundary, a lofted straight drive off Woakes, but the fast bowler had his revenge with a delivery aimed across the left-hander which squared him up and found a tickled edge to second slip.
Aaron Finch – 2 (72)
0 off 1 ball
He had seven of his 15 one-day international centuries against England but this wasn't an innings – or day – he would want to remember. He fell for a golden duck thanks to his greatest weakness, full deliveries aimed at his pads. In the field, he worked to rotate his bowlers but Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were too good.
Steve Smith – 8 (62)
85 off 119 balls
Elevated to No. 3 with Usman Khawaja hurt, he produced his best score of the tournament in a time of crisis. He is a natural No. 3 so it's hard to see how he and Khawaja can co-exist in the same team. He gave the Australians some hope until he was brilliantly run out by Jos Buttler. Overall, he had an indifferent campaign but that was, in part, because he was used out of position.
Peter Handscomb – 1 (1)
4 off 12 balls
He had been in good form for Australia A but this was always going to be a major step up. In his World Cup debut, he survived a tight lbw shout first ball but fell soon after when Chris Woakes found a hint of movement and split the gap between bat and pad. Selectors must decide whether he is part of their long-term plans heading into the 2023 World Cup in India.
Alex Carey – 7 (71)
46 off 70 balls
Selectors listened to calls for the gloveman to be promoted up the order and that move was made when Australia had crumbled to 3-14 in the seventh over. He was hit on the chin by a Jofra Archer bouncer that later required stitches. He was praised by Steve Waugh for his composure until he took on Adil Rashid and clipped the leggie to deep mid-wicket at an inopportune time. Waugh says he could he play as a specialist batsman in the Ashes.
Marcus Stoinis – 2 (39.5)
0-13 off 2 overs and 0 off 2 balls
He had a disappointing seven weeks. He was declared fit after dealing with a right side strain against South Africa. He failed through the entire tournament to have an impact with the bat, and that was the case here, when fooled by a Rashid wrong-un. Would have also hoped for greater impact with the ball. The hunt for a damaging allrounder continues.
Glenn Maxwell – 4 (42)
22 off 23 balls and did not bowl
He had a disappointing campaign. He'd been in the headlines all week – whether he should be in the team, and then whether he should slip to No. 7 in the order. He did come in at No. 7 and cracked two boundaries and a six but it was yet another teasing innings. This time his knock came to end when he was deceived by a knuckle ball from Archer and was spliced to short cover. Summed up his series.
Pat Cummins – 5 (63.5)
1-34 off seven overs and 6 off 10 balls
He began the tournament well but fell away. Steve Waugh had tipped him to be a major factor against England but he was unable to deliver early. He would have also been disappointed with his batting through the tournament but he shapes as a key figure for the 2023 tournament.
Mitchell Starc – 6.5 (72.5)
1-70 off nine overs and 29 off 36 balls
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