ASHES SECOND TEST PLAYER RATINGS: Ollie Pope disappoints, while Marnus Labuschagne shines

Australia beat England by 275 runs in the day-night second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.

Chasing a daunting victory target of 468, England were all out for 192 in the final session of the pink-ball contest.

Sportsmail’s LAWRENCE BOOTH is in Australia and has provided his player ratings for both teams from the second Test.


Haseeb Hameed – 2

Went backwards after two gritty innings at Brisbane. His whip to mid-on on the second evening was horrific, and his hands look worryingly low on Australia’s bouncy pitches.

Haseeb Hameed went backwards in the second Test and his low hands are a worry in Australia

Rory Burns – 5

Couldn’t make it past five balls again in the first innings, but better signs during his second-innings 34. Four overthrows typified England’s scrappiness in the field.

Dawid Malan – 7.5

The only England batsman capable of keeping Root company – even if he looks vulnerable outside off stump against Lyon. Grabbed his first two Test wickets with his leg-spin.

Joe Root – 7

Batted beautifully on the third morning, but troubled by the height and bounce of Green. Has to take responsibility for the absence of Wood and England’s wrong lengths in the first innings.

Ben Stokes – 6

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Knuckled down with the bat, even if he was reduced to strokelessness by Lyon: faced 175 deliveries in all for 46 runs. England’s battering ram with the ball, despite the usual concerns about his fitness.

Ollie Pope – 2

Two single-figure dismissals, two lame strokes. Has now made 13 in three innings since his promising 35 at the Gabba, and his average have dipped below 30. Must be a question mark for Melbourne.

Ollie Pope's place in the England XI could be under threat after another poor batting display

Ollie Pope’s place in the England XI could be under threat after another poor batting display

Jos Buttler – 6

Fought hard on the last day, but was lucky not to make a pair, and bizarrely inconsistent behind the stumps: world-class diving to his left, village-green moving to his right.

Chris Woakes – 4

Match figures of one for 149 confirmed the pre-match suspicion that Wood should have played instead. He battled with the bat, but Woakes may have played his last Test in Australia.

Ollie Robinson – 6.5

Always steady, and is England’s leading wicket-taker in the series, with seven. But he bowls too many no-balls, and his batting has regressed since 42 on Test debut against New Zealand.

Stuart Broad – 6

Deserved a little better than two for 84, and had Smith dropped first ball in the second innings. But, like Anderson, he was too defensive on the first day.

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James Anderson – 6.5

Match figures of 39-16-66-3 showed the respect Australia’s batsmen have for him, but – as at Adelaide four years ago – he should have aimed fuller.

James Anderson has the respect of Australia's batters but he should've bowler fuller vs them

James Anderson has the respect of Australia’s batters but he should’ve bowler fuller vs them


David Warner – 8

Overcame the return of Broad, his 2019 nemesis, to compile another punchy 90-odd. Looks a different player in home conditions.

Marcus Harris – 3

As much of a walking wicket as either of England’s openers – even if he twice fell victim to superb catches by Buttler.

Marnus Labuschagne – 9

Enjoyed some luck, but had the skill to exploit it, making 103 and 51. Leaves the ball superbly – which makes you wonder whether England’s batsmen were watching.

Marnus Labuschagne (right) put England's batters to shame with the bat and scored a century

Marnus Labuschagne (right) put England’s batters to shame with the bat and scored a century

Steve Smith – 8

Back to his run-making ways with a first-innings 93, but was lucky to get as many as six in the second. Caught six in the slips, confirming Australia’s superiority in the field.

Travis Head – 7

Cracked a 49-ball fifty after Australia threatened to get stuck on the fourth day, and has added unexpected depth to their batting.

Cameron Green – 7

Removed Root for the second innings in a row, and used his height to intercept everything in the gully. Finally made a few runs too.

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Alex Carey – 7

His first-innings 51 helped put Australia back on course, and his glovework remained smooth. A clear upgrade on Tim Paine.

Alex Carey is a clear upgrade behind the stumps for Australia after succeeding Tim Paine

Alex Carey is a clear upgrade behind the stumps for Australia after succeeding Tim Paine

Michael Neser – 7

A lively debut. Starting with a quickfire 35, then removed Hameed with his second ball. Also picked up the big wicket of Malan on the fourth evening.

Mitchell Starc – 8.5

Showed why he is the leading wicket-taker, by some distance, in pink-ball Tests. He was all over England throughout, and struck the crucial blow by removing Root in the last over of the fourth day.

Jhye Richardson – 8

Australia’s weak link in the first innings, he collected five in the second – always striking at crucial moments. So much for England’s big chance.

Nathan Lyon – 8

Outstanding against England’s left-handers, Australia’s off-spinner was responsible for keeping Stokes quiet in both innings.

Mitchell Starc tormented England's batting throughout this pink-ball Test in Adelaide

Mitchell Starc tormented England’s batting throughout this pink-ball Test in Adelaide

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