HOW AUSTRALIA FARED IN THE ASHES
David Warner: 273 runs at 34.12 (5 Tests)
7.5/10. Finished with a pair but knocks of 94 and 95, in Brisbane and Adelaide respectively, put the series on Australia’s terms. Has been playing with bruised ribs since the first Test.
Usman Khawaja: 255 runs at 85 (2 Tests)
7/10. Celebrated a SCG recall with twin tons, prompting selectors to retain him in the XI at the expense of Marcus Harris.
Marnus Labuschagne: 335 runs at 41.87 (5 Tests)
7.5/10. Climbed to top spot on the Test batting charts during the series, would likely have won player-of-the-series honours with a big score in Sydney or Hobart.
Steve Smith: 244 runs at 30.5 (5 Tests)
6.5/10. Relegated to mere mortal status this summer, when a vital knock of 93 in Adelaide was the closest he came to a century. Average slipped below 60 for the first time since 2017.
Travis Head: 357 runs at 59.5 (4 Tests)
9/10. Missed the fourth Test after contracting COVID-19 but otherwise enjoyed a coming-of-age summer to win the Compton-Miller medal. Scored 152 at the Gabba but a pressure-laden 101 in Hobart was arguably more impressive.
Cameron Green: 228 runs at 32.57, 13 wickets at 15.76 (5 Tests)
8.5/10. Went from strength to strength, regularly troubling England’s best batters then scoring half-centuries in Sydney and Hobart. The 22-year-old has an incredibly bright future ahead.
Alex Carey: 23 dismissals, 183 runs at 20.33 (5 Tests)
6.5/10. Glovework and batting was routinely scrutinised after replacing former skipper Tim Paine behind the stumps. Put down a few catches but signed off in Hobart with his best innings – and dismissal – of the summer.
Mitchell Starc: 19 wickets at 25.36 (5 Tests)
8.5/10. The only paceman to play the entire series. Had a quiet fourth Test but otherwise dominant, enhancing his status as the world’s most prolific pink-ball bowler.
Pat Cummins: 21 wickets at 18.04 (4 Tests)
9/10. Any concerns about captaincy affecting the spearhead’s primary responsibility have surely been put to bed. Routinely claimed key scalps to lead from the front.
Nathan Lyon: 16 wickets at 23.56 (5 Tests)
7.5/10. Failed to bowl a single over in Hobart, while he was unable to conjure a collapse on day five at the SCG. Yet the importance of having a threatening frontline spinner is reflected in his output, relative to Jack Leach.
Scott Boland: 18 wickets at 9.55 (3 Tests)
9/10. Hard to imagine a more incredible start to a Test career. Earned man-of-the-match honours at the MCG, helping Australia secure the urn, and never looked back.
Marcus Harris: 179 runs at 29.83 (4 Tests)
6/10. The opener’s knock of 76 in the Boxing Day Test was important but otherwise he struggled to convert starts into scores of substance.
Josh Hazlewood: 3 wickets at 24.66 (1 Test)
6/10. Did everything that was asked of him in Brisbane.
Jhye Richardson: 5 wickets at 24 (1 Test)
6/10. Lit up the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval and, if not for a leg niggle and Boland’s incredible form, would have played more.
Michael Neser: 2 wickets at 30.5 (1 Test)
6/10. Cummins’ poor luck in Adelaide resulted in a long-awaited debut for the Queenslander who had been perennially on drinks duty.