Aussie player ratings: Finch efforts not enough
AUSTRALIA have failed to put a miserable white-ball campaign in England behind it after losing another limited-overs series on Sunday night.
The side got within four balls of claiming T20 tri-series victory in Zimbabwe when Pakistan ended its hopes off the back of an explosive innings from Fakhar Zaman.
The series defeat came despite captain Aaron Finch's best efforts with the bat, although a continuously struggling middle-order ultimately led to his side's demise
AARON FINCH - 8.5
306 runs at 76.50. Strike rate of 201.31. High score of 172.
Finch was at the middle of everything that went right for Australia in the first two matches, taking a hatful of catches in the series opener and making an unbeaten half-century. He broke his own record for the highest score in a T20I in game two. He failed to fire in the next two matches and it became immediately obvious how much this team relies on him. He signed off with a blistering 47 off 27 in the final.
D'ARCY SHORT - 4.5
165 runs at 41.26. Strike rate of 115.38
Short spent plenty of time out in the middle but struggled to get going in the group stage, most notably contributing 46 runs off 42 balls in a 223-run stand with Aaron Finch. Saved his campaign with a 53-ball 76 in the final.
TRAVIS HEAD - 5.0
94 at 31.33. Strike Rate of 117.18.
Head stepped up in Australia's fourth T20I with a steadying 48 off 42 but really should have seen the team home from there. Other than that, it was a quiet series for the left-hander who is seemingly no longer considered an option with the ball.
GLENN MAXWELL - 6.0
71 runs at 23.66 with a strike rate of 136.53. High score of 52.
Four wickets at 18.75 with an economy of 9.37. Best bowling of 2-35.
Barely got a bat through the first half of the tri-series thanks to Finch's fine form but made his presence felt with a 38-ball 56 in the fourth T20I. Like Head, he should have seen Australia home from there. Promoted to first drop in the final, Maxwell had a forgettable innings with the bat but an eventful day with the ball. A surprise option to open the bowling, the off-spinner took two wickets in his first over and had debutant Sahibzada Farhan stumped for 0 off 0 with a wide down the leg side.
NIC MADDINSON - 1.0
7 runs at 3.50 with a strike rate of 53.84.
Given he only got two chances to bat in the series, take Maddinson's rating with a pinch of salt. He more than earned his spot in the side after a big season in the BBL.
MARCUS STOINIS - 5.0
41 runs at 20.50 with a strike rate of 124.24. High score of 33
Three wickets at 39.66 with an economy of 8.92. Best bowling of 1-11.
Stoinis' most significant contribution was getting Australia home against Zimbabwe with a four off the second last ball of the final group game. Buried so far down the order, it was hard for the all-rounder to have an impact on proceedings with the bat. His bowling deteriorated as the series went on.
ALEX CAREY - 6
55 runs at 27.50 with a strike rate of 125.00
Carey maintained his normal high standards with the gloves, with his legside stumping of Farhan in the final particularly impressive. He had one innings of note with the bat.
JACK WILDERMUTH - 3
1 run at 1.00 with a strike rate of 100. High score of 1
One wicket at 32.00 with an economy of 10.66 Best bowling of 1-16
Wildermuth's first involvement in the series was dropping a catch. His last involvement was bowling a 10-ball over that featured a wide.
ASHTON AGAR - 3.5
Two wickets at 54.00 with an economy of 7.71. Best bowling of 2-16
23 runs at 11.50 with a strike rate of 115.00. High score of 11.
It was a forgettable series for the all-rounder, who failed to have an impact with bat or ball. Held back until the 12th over in the final, Agar went for 16 runs off his one over.
ANDREW TYE - 7.5
12 wickets at 12.16 with an economy of 7.36. Best bowling of 3-12
Australia's most consistent bowler for the series, Tye finished the campaign as its highest wicket-taker. He took three wickets in each match of the group stage but went wicketless in the final. Given his role as the death bowler, his economy of 7.36 is exceptional.
BILLY STANLAKE - 7.5
Seven wickets at 17.57 with an economy of 6.47. Best bowling of 4-8.
After starting the series with a bang, Stanlake was largely blunt for the rest of the series, taking just three more wickets. For a bowler who has the occasional loose over in him, Stanlake did well to leak only 6.47 runs an over.
JHYE RICHARDSON - 6.5
Seven wickets at 21.28 with an economy of 7.45. Best bowling of 2-32.
Richardson was Australia's most expensive specialist-quick all series and his pace did not trouble batsmen in the same way as Stanlake's. He still managed to take a wicket in every match and was Australia's best bowler in the final. Contributed plenty in the field as well.