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The Ashes: Heroes and zeroes

Monday, 26 August 2013 - 7:43pm IST | Agency: DNA Web Team
Here are five players who shone and five others who failed in this series.
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The Ashes ended on Sunday with England winning 3-0. Australia tried to put up a fight in the latter half of the five match Test series but that was not enough as they failed to get on the board.

The English team put on a brilliant performance with bat and ball while the Australian team failed to fire especially with the bat. Here are the heroes and zeroes of the tournament.

Heroes-

Ian Bell - The man of the series, Ian Bell made sure that the 2013 Ashes series in England was all about him. The batsman was the highest run maker and it was his knocks that helped the English team win matches and ultimately the series.

Ryan Harris - The bowler was on top of his game with a great performance. Even though he didn't play during the start of the series, Ryan Harris' inclusion in the Australian team added a lot of fluency to the visitors game. The bowler not only got wickets but also helped contain the English batsmen as he contributed with the bat too.

Graeme Swann - The spinner took the most wickets and was also contributed with the bat for his team.

Stuart Broad - Many expected James Anderson to trouble the Australian batsmen, he did his bit but the bowler who seemed to make Australian captain Michael Clarke his bunny was Broad. The bowler was spot on troubling the Australian tail with is great bowling.

Steven Smith - The all-rounder was a surprise inclusion in the Australian team, but his performance in contributing healthy runs to the team was constant in the series. Smith made his mark when he went beyond his fine 50s and 80s to make a 100, his maiden Test ton during the series, a relief for him, his captain and the selectors.

 

Zeroes-

Usman Khawaja - The batsman was dropped from the Australian team after he failed to make runs in the matches he played. The player played at the crucial No3 position which since Ricky Ponting retired has left the selectors looking for an apt replacement. Khawaja it seems has been the burnt in the Ashes.

Alastair Cook - The English captain may have won the series with a great margin, but as a batsman in this series Cook has failed terribly. In the return Ashes later this year, the opening batsman and skipper will need to work on his personal form.

Matt Prior - The English wicket-keeper has failed to contribute with the bat and will need to work on that. Prior's wicket-keeping has also seen some drops that could have caused the team.



Shane Watson -
The all-rounder was to be a match winner for his team, but by the time he started contributing it was too late. Watson failed to make runs and also with the ball was far from economical and wicket-taking. In the return series, Watson - the batsman and bowler will need to step up if the Australian team wants to win the Ashes.

Michael Clarke - The Australian cricket captain may get 10/10 for his captaincy which has been risky and daring often in this series, Clarke as a batsman has only managed one century in the series. As Australia's most senior player and best batsman a lot more was expected from him and he clearly failed to deliver on a number of occasions and this has hurt his team.

The Ashes rivalry will resume later this year and both teams will be raring to go as the last Test saw some words spoken and shoulders rubbed between both team players.

***The players have been selected by the writer, please feel free to mention your pick for any one of the categories in the comments below.


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