Bangladesh vs Australia: Rating the Australian players through the series

With Australia bouncing back and winning the second Test match in Chittagong, levelling the series 1-1 in the process, we take a look at how each player fared.

Australia roared back in to form and claimed a vital 7-wicket win in Chittagong to level the two-Test series 1-1 and, while the loss in Mirpur will continue to rank as a disappointment for the foreseeable future, a rare win on Asian soil comes as some relief for Steve Smith, Darren Lehmann and the Australian team.

  1. 1 David Warner

    Rating: 8/10

    There has plenty of criticism over the Australian vice-captain's ability score runs away from home but a haul of 251 runs over 4 innings at an average of 62.75 will have gone a long way to showing David Warner has matured as a player and is capable of grinding it out in the tough sub-continental conditions.

    Dismissed for just 8 in Australia's first innings in the first Test in Mirpur, the ongoing concerns felt justified once again but a fighting 112 in the second dig, which almost saw Australia snatch an unlikely win was a huge step in the right direction.

    A first innings 123 in Chittagong was vitally important to Australia's win and ensured Warner's importance to the batting side would not be underestimated moving forward.

  2. 2 Matthew Renshaw

    Rating: 4/10

    A grinding 45 runs in the first innings in Mirpur was the standout in a dismal effort for Australia as they were dismissed for 217 runs in response to Bangladesh's first dig of 260 but other than that, Bangladesh 2017 will go down as a less than stellar tour for the young opener.

    The young star has endeared himself to the Aussie public on the back of his hard work and graft and he continued to show plenty of patience at the crease when given the chance, even his 22 in the last innings of the series proved an important dig, but overall, 76 runs in four innings at an average of 19 won't be the stuff of great memories moving forward.

  3. 3 Usman Khawaja

    Rating: 1/10

    With a perfect opportunity to score some valuable, hard-earned runs and begin to chip away at the school of thought that he struggles in Asian conditions, Usman Khawaja failed dismally and once again threw his ongoing selection in the side in question.

    Khawaja managed to score one solitary run in both innings of the first Test before getting dumped to allow space for Hilton Cartwright in Chittagong, meaning he finishes his tour with 2 runs at an average of 1, hardly a step in the right direction.

    Carried the drinks well in the second Test, which earned him a solitary point in the ratings.

  4. 4 Steve Smith

    Rating: 5/10

    The Aussie captain will be happy to have banked a rare Test win on Asian soil but he will undoubtedly be unhappy with his own performances with the bat across the two Test matches.

    Smith carved out a fighting 58 runs in the first innings of the second Test in Chittagong, but could only manage 8, 37 and 16 in his three other digs at the crease which is well below his usually high expectations.

    119 runs at an average of 29.75 across the two Tests was far from the worst return amongst the Aussie batsmen.

  5. 5 Peter Handscomb

    Rating: 7/10

    I'm not going to lie, I probably threw in a whole extra point simply for the time Peter Handscomb spent at the crease wearing the white broad-brimmed hat in the first innings at Chittagong.

    Handscomb only managed 33 runs in the first innings of the first Test, and 15 in the second before managing a solid 82 in the first innings in the second Test as he and David Warner steered Australia away from trouble and put the pressure back on the hosts.

    Finished second to David Warner for total runs and batting average over the series, with 146 runs at an average of 48.66 per innings.

  6. 6 Glenn Maxwell

    Rating: 6/10

    Glenn Maxwell continues to be the enigma that haunts Australian cricket fans and the selectors alike and a mixed series against Bangladesh won't have clarified too much moving forward.

    Overall it was more positive than negative, with Maxwell managing 100 runs at 33.33 with the bat across the two Tests and just the 1 wicket for 52 runs with the ball in hand.

    He didn't bowl anywhere near as much as guys like Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar or Steve O'Keefe, but would have liked to have more of impact than he did.

  7. 7 Ashton Agar

    Rating: 7/10

    The return of Ashton Agar to the Test arena marked a huge moment for the young tweaker and he didn't disappoint in interesting conditions in Mirpur or Chittagong.

    Naturally, Agar took a back seat to the unbelievable Nathan Lyon, but he proved a handy spinning option and took wickets when required.

    Agar finished the series with 7 wickets, conceding 162 runs at an average of 23.14 and also managed to rack up 65 runs with the bat, including an unbeaten 41 in the first innings of the first Test.

  8. 8 Patrick Cummins

    Rating: 6/10

    Pat Cummins was asked to lead the line so to speak in the second Test as the lone genuine fast-bowling option in the wake of Josh Hazelwood's injury and he didn't disappoint.

    Cummins managed two wickets in the second Bangladesh innings during the second Test, a handy return given the speed with which Nathan Lyon was ripping his way through the batting lineup, and managed 6 wickets at an average of 29 across the two-Test series.

    He was also handy with the bat in hand as well, notching 62 runs at an average of 31 and made huge strides forward as a long-term, dependable fast bowling option for Australia.

  9. 9 Hilton Cartwright

    Rating: 3/10

    Drafted in as the replacement for Usman Khawaja for the second Test in Chittagong, Cartwright didn't have much of a chance to stamp his mark on the series, managing just 18 runs in his lone innings with the bat and bowling just five overs with figures of 0/16.

    Looked a more comfortable option at the crease than Khawaja or the all-rounder he's most compared to Mitchell Marsh.

  10. 10 Matthew Wade

    Rating: 3/10

    I wrote a fairly harsh summation of Matthew Wade's value to the Australian Test side in the wake of the first Test loss in Mirpur, and despite some catches and three stumpings, he has done little to prove to me that he is the right option with the gloves on.

    Managed 17 runs in three innings at an average of 5.66 which is dreadful.

  11. 11 Nathan Lyon

    Rating: 9/10

    Perpetually written off as an over-achiever without the substance, Nathan Lyon once again took a huge swipe at his critics as he managed a stunning, man of the series type effort across the two Tests in Bangladesh.

    Across the four innings, Lyon bowled 133.5 overs for 34 maidens, 22 wickets at an average of 14.31 and a best of 7/94 which came during the first innings of the second Test match, in conditions far less favourable to spin than had been anticipated.

    There's a reason they call this guy the GOAT (greatest of all time)!

  12. 12 Josh Hazelwood

    Rating: 4/10

    Did his job well with the ball during the first Test until injury struck and almost hung around to help steal the win with the bat.

    Unable to play during the second Test, the fitness of Hazelwood moving forward, especially in an Ashes year will be paramount for the Australian unit.

  13. 13 Steve O'Keefe

    Rating: 3/10

    O'Keefe was an odd choice to come in and replace Josh Hazelwood for the second Test given his ongoing suspension with New South Wales and his lack of cricket, but he managed to nab a couple of wickets in Chittagong and got through his work in a tidy fashion.

    How do you think the individual players fared during the two-Test series? Let us know in the comments below.

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