Mark Taylor reveals what Cameron Green must improve after second Test
Former Test captain Mark Taylor has given a rating and his thoughts on how every one of Australia’s players performed in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
Australia secured its first home series win over the Proteas since the summer of 2005-06 with a comprehensive innings and 182-run victory at the MCG.
These are Taylor’s player ratings.
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David Warner: 9.5/10
“Almost a 10, but he dropped a couple of catches, although both were tough. Apart from that, obviously with the bat he was fantastic.”
Usman Khawaja: 4/10
“Didn’t have to do much. Nicked one late on day one, which can happen as a batter. Didn’t field all that well either, so a disappointing game for him.”
Marnus Labuschagne: 7/10
“He only made 14, but his fielding made a big difference. He still had a good Test match even though he didn’t make any runs. He had two run outs, and that one of Dean Elgar on day one was pivotal.”
Steve Smith: 8/10
“Batted well and had a good partnership with Warner. He had some good catching in the slips and took a wicket at the end as well, so an all-round good game.”
Travis Head: 8/10
“I like the way he bats at five, he keeps the game moving and keeps the pressure on the bowlers. He’s cemented his spot now for quite a while.”
Cameron Green: 8.5/10
“He obviously got the five wickets and the 50 with the bat, but I’d still like to see him be a bit more proactive with the bat when he comes in. I don’t know how much the finger hampered him in his batting.”
Alex Carey: 9/10
“Maiden Test ton, kept well. I think he’s had a really good game, and is probably alongside David Warner in Player of the Match discussions. The job was fairly well done by the time he got in, but he concentrated well and just kept the game going as he does at that No.7 position.”
Pat Cummins: 7/10
“He didn’t have to do a lot. He bowled well without getting a big haul, but kept the pressure on. He had the courage to win the toss and bowl which is these days considered controversial, but it turned out to be a very good decision because they got to bowl in the cool and bat in the heat, so that worked really well.”
Nathan Lyon: 8/10
“Didn’t think he bowled as well as he had in the last two Tests, but once again, played his role. Picked up the odd useful wicket and hit a quick-fire 25 with the bat when he came in, so a good Test match overall.”
Mitchell Starc: 8.5/10
“Impressed me even though he didn’t get a big return of wickets. Showed great courage by bowling in the second innings. Showed plenty of aggression with the ball and even just his body language. Even on day four, he had a bit of a crack at Theunis de Bruyn for walking out of his crease without making an international scene. I thought it was good the way he did that, he did it very well. I just liked his overall performance.”
Scott Boland: 8/10
“A very good Test match. He’s a terrific bowler in those sorts of conditions. When it’s tough, he just continues to run in and hit the top of off stump and asks questions even when there’s not a lot going on. A really good performance from him.”
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