Marcus Harris is on the verge of being saved by Australian history by standing alongside a winning team.
But Australian breeders won’t last long. Everyone has a breaking point.
The southpaw, who was the only player whose stocks fell in Adelaide, must shoot at home to keep the Wolves at bay.
Here are our player notes from Australia’s dominant victory in Adelaide to take England off time in a two-to-zero streak.
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Marcus Harris – 3
Three and 23
Australia’s victory and their two-to-zero lead in the series likely saved beleaguered southpaw Harris.
But the MCG test looms as the 29-year-old’s last chance.
The figure does not lie: 12 Tests at 22:19. Against England, Harris’ average drops to 10.66 after five tests.
In Adelaide, Harris fell to the side of the leg for three, but failed to continue with his 23rd second inning start and fell pushing Stuart Broad around the wicket.
David Warner – 7.5
95 and 13
For the second time in a row, Test Warner fell in the 90s. The difference between Brisbane and Adelaide is that the 35-year-old almost missed the second test with bruised ribs, which almost ruled him out.
“I had local anesthesia this morning just before going out to bat. It probably hurts more than the ribs right now, ”Warner said after scoring 95 on day one.
“I was in some pain and agony and was able to pick up the kids, which is a bit difficult, but from that point of view I just gleaned and did all I can to prepare.” , he added. Warner even said he’s available for selection as long as he has legs.
“I was pretty close (to missing something) but unless I have a leg I’m not going out on the pitch. I probably showed it last year. You don’t want to miss a test match for your country and if I can go out in the park I will do anything to do it, ”he added.
The balls (167) he absorbed were just as important as the 95 points Warner scored.
Had they recalled the rapids, Anderson and Broad both had early success and thrown in line, the outcome of the match could have been very difficult.
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Marnus Labuschagne – 9
103 and 51; 0-10 out of four
No more races for Australia’s first drop. Who would have thought?
Labuschagne had his fair share of luck, but his first 103 innings set the tone for Australia’s dominant victory.
The hallmark of Labuschagne’s performance was his ability to leave.
Compare that to Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Joe Root who pushed deliveries they didn’t need and the Aussie’s decision making stands out.
Labuschagne backed up his ton in the first run with 51 in the second.
Steve Smith (c) – 8
93 and six; 0-1 on 1
Despite all the talk and debate over whether Steve Smith should lead Australia again, the replacement skipper has made a smooth and fabulous return to the harbor master’s office.
His transition and excellent slip catches gave Smith another point.
With the bat, the right-hander returned to his best in the first innings and made an excellent 93 before returning stuck in front of a ball which could not get up.
The less said about his second dig the better, with the middle-order batsman almost twice (dropped first ball, second lb) before dropping for six.
Travis Head – 6.5
18 and 51; 0-0 of 1
He didn’t generate the same sort of headlines, but the South Australian boy prodigy only played one important end for himself as a match situation.
After throwing his wicket in the opening innings for 18, Head watched a class over in the second innings as he scored a 54-ball 51.
As others struggled, Head sprang up.
There will come a time when Head won’t be able to pitch his bat on the ball, but for now it works and he takes advantage of the positive attitude.
Cameron Green – 7
3 and 33 *; 2-24 on 10 and 0-9 on 9
Compared to Michael Vaughan’s ‘Freddie’ Flintoff midway through the second test, there was just a little bit of pressure on Green after missing the bat on day one. But only a little.
Green put an end to concerns about his stick with an unrestricted 33rd in the second inning.
But it was his work on the field and with the ball that Vaughan compared to Flintoff, the 2005 Ashes hero.
Green recovered Root for the second consecutive test, edging out the skipper with his size and little movement.
The versatile took 2-24 in the first innings, then stayed the course in the second.
Green’s work in the field shouldn’t be underestimated either, his hands in the ravine forming a wall for the English.
Alex Carey – 7
51 and six; two takes
If it hadn’t been for a brain explosion at the start of Matchday 5 where he let a bullet pass between himself and Warner on the first slide, Carey’s second test would have been as perfect as it was with the gloves.
Watching Carey stay against Nathan Lyon on Matchday 4, especially against lefties Rory Burns and Dawid Malan, was as sharp as ever from a wicket keeper. The off-break pitcher spun him sharply and extracted a lot of rebound, but Carey looked confident and competent. It was quite the contrast to his English counterpart Buttler.
With the bat, Carey recorded a smart half-century in the opening innings before falling cheaply in the second as Australia chased fast runs.
Mitchell Starc – 8.5
39 * and 19; 4-37 on 16.1 and 2-43 on 27
The big left arm rapid is back.
And just like fellow left-hander Mitchell Johnson, his great job with the ball came from scoring points in the first inning.
After scoring 39 unbeaten on as many balls, Starc took 4-37 and took wickets throughout the innings.
He backed it up with a quick 19 shot, before taking the new ball in the second inning.
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Starc injured Root, then pulled him out in the Day 4 final. It was a perfect bowling test, as he tossed the ball and played England captain.
Then he gave Australia a perfect start to the final day as the home side looked to finish England. He immediately took care of Ollie Pope and then would have had Buttler without Carey’s mistake.
Michael Neser – 6.5
35 and 3; 1-33 of 11 and 1-28 of 13
A couple of wickets and a rapid-fire 35, including a six. Not bad for a guy who thought his dream of making his Adelaide debut was over until Pat Cummins was forced to step down due to being close contact with Covid.
The Aussie right-arm fast took his first wicket with his second delivery on the second night. He was harassed by his teammates.
Neser is heart and soul and plays much the same as Ryan Harris, albeit a click or two slower.
Jhye Richardson – 7.5
9; 0-78 disabled 19 and 5-42 disabled 19.1
In his debut on Richardson announced his return to international cricket.
He didn’t pierce, but it was fine. Bowling swing match test.
The next afternoon, day three, when the ball wasn’t doing much and the tail was in, Richardson got a little lost trying to bounce Anderson and Broad. This backfired on him and he became wicket-less.
Richardson, however, was excellent in the second run. He threw the ball and allowed the ball to do something. His success paid off, as he took the wicket from Haseeb Hameed early on and then poked fun at Rory Burns.
He was rewarded for his persistence and precision at the end of Matchday 5, as he played with Chris Woakes’ footwork by sending him off with a bouncer. A nice drive came two balls later, but his next delivery reached the top of the middle stump with a perfect delivery.
“You have to admire this guy, you have to admire him,” Mike Hussey said on Fox Cricket.
“He wasn’t happy before the break, struggling with his feet on the crease, struggling for the pace, he came back and hit his straps and got an important break for Australia. He keeps coming. What a great competitor.
Nathan Lyon – 7.5
3-58 off 28 and 2-55 off 39
Three wickets in the first round, one in the second.
Lyon didn’t get the exit they could have wished for, but they were everywhere among the English batsmen.
He was relentless, extracting drift, spin and rebound. His field rankings were also strong as he put the men around the bat and put England under global pressure.
Lyon’s spell on Pope continued, as he sent the right-hander back in the opening innings and then cleaned up the bowlers.
In the second set, Lyon had Burns and Malan under their canvas, then recovered the all-important wicket from Ben Stokes, who struggled to gain momentum in his sleeves.