Chester-le-Street report cards: Australia
Australia find consolation in Chris Rogers and Ryan Harris. Usman Khawaja, however, isn't the answer.
<b>1. Chris Rogers</b> (110 and 49)<br>The series is lost and the Ashes will remain in the United Kingdom, but one individual's determination has transcended the team's disappointment. The 35-year-old Rogers, indeed, has proven himself as a longer term pick, rather than the mere stopgap quick fix the national selectors had originally plotted. <b>9/10</b>
<b>2. David Warner</b> (3 and 71)<br>What started in Manchester continued in Durham and will hopefully conclude in London. Warner need to act quickly in justifying his return to the team, namely the top of the order, and has done himself proud. He will be the first to admit, though, he shouldn't have fallen when he did on Monday. Australia needed a mainstay, and the proverbial prodigal son was it. <b>7.5/10</b>
<b>3. Usman Khawaja</b> (0 and 21)<br>Nine Tests into a stop-start career, the Pakistan-born left-hander continues to prove hot and cold – in equal, fleeting measure. Australia have boasted a string of almighty Test match number threes in their rich past, with Khawaja evidently unlikely to join the esteemed fold.<b>4/10</b>
<b>4. Michael Clarke</b> (6 and 21)<br>And so it all comes crashing down. Clarke's men threatened for the bulk of the third Test and most of the fourth, but have largely forgotten how to win. Along with his team's demise, the captain's form with the bat has endured a momentary dip – still second only to Ian Bell in the series run-scoring ranks, though. <b>6/10</b>
<b>5. Steven Smith</b> (17 and 2, 0/1)<br>An all-round awful Test for Smith was epitomised by twin failures in the middle order, a dropped catch in the deep when Australia really needed to curtail England's second-innings lead and a general lack of confidence in his leg-spin, which was again underutilised. <b>3/10</b>
<b>6. Shane Watson</b> (68 and 2, 1/21 and 0/22)<br>Cast from the top of the knock and pushed into the middle-order, this time with his begrudging blessing, Watson finally converted a start into something of significance. While he couldn't make it count for three figures and in the second innings returned to his lbw woes, the promise is there for the future. Unless, of course, an apparent groin injury has the final say. With the ball, the right-armer is still solidly performing his holding role – and continues to churn out an extraordinary amount of maidens. <b>6.5/10</b>
<b>7. Brad Haddin</b> (13 and 4)<br>Needing to prove to himself and the team that he is still the nation's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman, Haddin didn't do as good a job of staving off Matthew Wade's advances has he had done previously in the series. Regardless, those 35-year-old legs are not to be ultimately judged yet. <b>5/10</b>
<b>9. Peter Siddle</b> (1/51 and 0/59, 5 and 23)<br>Austrlia's leading Decision Review System detractor, Siddle will still be wandering why more appeals were not obliged. Regardless, the unrelenting workhorse seems to have found a capable partner in Harris, with their respective workloads all the lighter for each other. <b>7/10</b>
<b>8. Ryan Harris</b> (2/70 and 7/117, 28 and 11)<br>Lo and behold, the injury-plagued Ryan Harris has lasted three consecutive Tests. Few doubted it would happen, but the spirited right-armer has proven all and sundry wrong. He was the only seamer to truly trouble centurion Ian Bell and his second-innings seven-for genuinely threatened to derail the hosts, only for the Australian batsmen to undo all the hard work of the bowlers. <b>9/10</b>
<b>10. Nathan Lyon</b> (4/42 and 3/55)<br>Having waxed lyrical how he had not lost confidence and remained supportive of Ashton Agar in the build-up to the penultimate Test, Lyon dutifully walked the talk. More prolific than spinning counterpart Graeme Swann, in this match at least, Lyon exploited conditions otherwise primed for seam very well. <b>5/10</b>
<b>11. Jackson Bird</b> (2/58 and 0/67)<br>The one-off impact Australia would have hoped for from the man who replaced Mitchell Starc did not occur and, given James Faulkner's capabilities with the bat, perhaps Bird won't get a second chance in London. His inability to halt Tim Bresnan's late-innings charge on Monday was particularly telling. <b>5/10</b>
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