England Player ratings

June 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm 2 comments

England were knocked out of the Twenty20 World cup following a 5 wicket loss in a rain affected super eights match with West Indies. The Windies were set a DL target of 80 in 9 overs, which England failed to defend. With England out, England Cricket takes a look at the individaul performances of the players.

Paul Collingwood (Captain)

If he hadn’t been captian he could well have been out of the team come the final game. Endured a awful time with the bat, with a high score of 19. It was little wonder that he struggled to get a game in the IPL. Expected to provide some impetus in England’s lower order but managed just the 6 boundaries, relying on his excellent running between the wickets for his runs. There can be few complaints about his captaincy. Rotated the bowlers well and set appropiate fields. The only complaint about his captaincy is that he is a little to orthodox, in field placements and in the selction of bowlers. Rating: 6

Ravi Bopara

In the form of his life and continued it into the world cup. Ended England’s second highest run scorer. Plays better when he plays orthodox cricket shots rather than slogging the ball. Played a good innings in three out of the 5 matches but needs to push on past 50 more regularly. Prefers to play in an orthodox way but high reliance on him pushed him into playing the rash shots. Didn’t bowl.Rating: 7

Luke Wright

Batted well in England’s first two games but failed to replicate his performances when the quality of the bowling increased. Wasn’t expected to open for England but done a good job at first. Still looks more suited to coming in later on in the innings agianst the old ball. 113 runs for an aggressive opener was a decent return and bowled well when called upon. Rating: 6

Kevin Pietersen

Entered the tournament with a poor Twenty20 record but made up for that with a good showing. Missed the first game with an achillied injury but showed England just what they were missing. Ended up the highest run scorer with 154 runs in 4 inings at an average of 38.50. That included 19 fours and 4 sixes, with a strike rate of 152. Stood up to the challenge with an impressive tournament. Rating: 8

Owais Shah

More was expected of Owais Shah but delivered with decent innings but not nearly enough. A high score of 38, in an innings in which he should have pushed on. A strike rate of 108, event though he hit the 4 sixes, just isn’t good enough and meant that he played out too many dot balls. With the ability to clear the ropes it is frustrating that he doesn’t do it often enough. Seems to have lost his unorthodox shots which were a feature of his game during his early ODI career. Rating: 6

Dimitri Mascerenhas

The IPL stint was good for his bowling but his batting is the main concern. Still living off his 5 sixes off Yuvraj Singh, he needs to move on and replicate that success and the selectors need to move on. Promoted up the order against India as a power hitter but failed to provide any impetus. Bowling was tidy but needs to develop his variations to increase his threat. Lucky to play in three out of 5 as his batting simply isn’t good enough. Rating: 6

James Foster

Selected ahead of prior for his excellent golve work. That he managed to justify with two fantastic stumpings. Very tidy behind the stumps and hasn’t done his prospect much harm with the glove. Also selected as he is seen as a more destructive batsmen later in the inning in this format. That, he failed to live up to, with the Manoeuvring stroke play seen for Essex deserting him. Rating: 7

Graeme Swann

The decision to leave him out of the opening game was not justified and responded well with 5 wickets. Bowled economically and claimed the often crucial wickets. A key player accross all formats for England. Was less convincing with the bat. Rating: 7

Stuart Broad

England’s leading wicket taker with 6 wickets. Bowled exceptionally well to put his nightmares of his last competition to bed. Can take some blame for the shock loss agianst the Netherlands but responded well to that. His accurate bouncers and intelligent bowling troubled the best batsmen. Scored 22 off the 11 balls he faced in his 3 innings and needs to be promoted up the order. Rating: 8

James Anderson

Led the England attack but not at his best during this tournament. Claimed a respectable 5 wickets and bowled accurately for little reward. Was quite expensive but remians a key part of the opening bowling attack. Would have gained a lot from this tournament and needs to work on his variations. Rating: 6

Adil Rashid

A brave and positive selection from Paul Collingwood. Bowled extremely well and showed that he can cut it at this level. With a little more luck could have claimed more than just the three wickets. Not afraid to flight it and bowls with good variation. Being exposed to international bolwers will be good for his development. Rating: 7

Ryan Sidebottom

Bowled with a lot of heart and determination throughout the tournament. Rattled the Indian top order in a match winning spell. Looks back to his best but still has work to do on his death bowling. Conceded 15 agianst India off the final over and failed to contain the West indies. Rating: 6

Key, Morgan

Both were given just the single game so would be unfair to rate them. It was dissapointing that Morgan wasn’t given another chance, his style of play can be handy especially in the later overs. Key has been going through poor form for Kent this season and so his selection looked odd. Even more so when Luke Wright was asked to open.


Not given a game and instead had to watch as England’s batters struggled to up the ante late in the innings. His power hitting would have been useful down the order.


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  • 2. birdy  |  June 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    ya r crap


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