Manchester – bar the weather – was pretty good to the tourists, except for Shane Watson, who really isn't producing what the nation requires of its number one Test all-rounder.
<b>1. Shane Watson</b><i> (19 and 18, 0/26 and 0/0)</i><br>That's six starts for Watson, and not one of them converted to more than his second-innings 46 in Nottingham. With the ball, though, he enjoyed a solid holding role – but is this all Australia want from their number one all-rounder? <b>C365 Rating: 4/10</b>
<b>2. Chris Rogers</b><i> (84 and 12)</i><br>Rogers spoke a big game about his knowledge of English conditions in the build-up to the series, but never really walked the talk – until last week's career-best 84. With Ed Cowan breathing down his neck, this was a telling contribution in the nick of time. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>
<b>3. Usman Khawaja</b><i> (1 and 24)</i><br>Perhaps he wasn't out in the first innings, thanks to the dodgy Decision Review System, but being bowled around the legs by a near full toss is not the calibre one expects from a Test match number three. <b>C365 Rating: 6/10</b>
<b>4. Michael Clarke</b><i> (187 and 30*)</i><br>Characteristically outstanding with the bat and ready to fight tooth and nail as bad light ensured on day four, Clarke can genuinely consider himself unfortunate to finish with a mere draw in Manchester. <b>C365 Rating: 9/10</b>
<b>5. Steven Smith</b><i> (89 and 19, 0/6)</i><br>Less of an all-rounder than a specialist batsman these days, Smith – alongside Khawaja, to an extent – continues to bolster the Aussies' hopes of a strong batting future in the wake of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey's exit. <b>C365 Rating: 8/10</b>
<b>6. David Warner</b><i> (5 and 41)</i><br>Dubbed the pantomime villain, irony beckoned when Warner holed out to Joe Root in the second innings. Regardless, his promotion to the top of the order returned the left-hander to his rightful position. Like Phil Hughes, he is wasted down the order. <b>C365 Rating: 6/10</b>
<b>7. Brad Haddin</b><i> (65* and 8)</i><br>At 35 years old, Haddin needs to prove to the selectors – and himself – that he is the better pick ahead of Matthew Wade. Instrumental in bringing a declarable total, his shepherding of Starc epitomised the veteran's value to a reasonably inexperienced unit. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>
<b>8. Mitchell Starc</b><i> (3/76 and 0/6, 66*)</i><br>James Pattinson's replacement certainly justified his selection ahead of Jackson Bird and James Faulkner, with the left-arm dynamic probably the selectors' tipping point. Starc, too, continues to push for permanent status as an all-rounder. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>
<b>9. Peter Siddle</b><i> (4/63 and 1/8)</i><br>Yet again the uncompromising workhorse of the seam attack, Siddle exposed some rare weaknesses in England's top order. A heavy workload, though, will soon toll – and a quick turnaround between Old Trafford and Durham suggests he will be rested. <b>C365 Rating: 7.5/10</b>
<b>10. Ryan Harris</b><i> (2/82 and 2/13)</i><br>Harris isn't necessarily living on borrowed time, but his fitness levels – and subsequent inability to last five days of tough Test cricket – have him in a similar boat to Siddle. Solid at Old Trafford, indeed, but a third successive match is asking a lot of the bulky 33-year-old. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>
<b>11. Nathan Lyon</b><i> (1/95 and 0/8)</i><br>Unfairly sidelined by Darren Lehmanns' Ashton Agar whim, Lyon has rightfully reclaimed his position in the pecking order. He bowled a lot better than his Old Trafford numbers reveal, and certainly enjoyed some pretty prolific turn on day five. <b>C365 Rating: 7/10</b>
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The post-mortem begins.
The Ashes are heading back Down Under.
More controversy in the Australian camp.
Stuart Broad and Mitchell Starc star in Old Trafford morning session.