Australian Economy

Aaron Finch woes returns, Pat Cummins, stats, runs, wickets

The ODI leg of Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka is in the books with the tourists ultimately going down 2-3 in the series.

It was one that was plagued with injury for the Australians, who called on 17 players across the five matches as Sri Lanka ran away with an upset result.

Here’s how every one of the Aussies fared in the series.

NB: All 17 Australians are below, but only those who played more than one game in the five-match series have been given a rating.

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AARON FINCH — 4

120 runs at 24.00, strike rate 81.08, HS 62

What a shame the tour had to end the way it did for Australia’s white ball captain. He started the tour under pressure following a lengthy, lean run, but performed well in the T20s and across the first three ODIs with scores of 44, 14 and 62. It looked like the Finch of old might have been back — then it ended with consecutive ducks, including in the must-win fourth ODI.

DAVID WARNER — 6

155 runs at 31.00, strike rate 83.33, HS 99

A respectable series from the veteran opener, although we’ve come to expect more. Outside of his 37 in the second ODI, there was only one score of note; his 99 in the fourth ODI. It was the best performance with the bat by an Australian this series, and the highest score, although he lost his wicket at a crucial time.

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MITCH MARSH — 4

60 runs at 20.00, strike rate 60.00, HS 26

Two wickets at 16.00, economy 4.00, BBI 2-29

Marsh returned for the final three ODIs and had a quiet series, outside of his performance in the fourth ODI. Marsh bowled seven tight overs in that match — he only bowled eight in the entire series — to take 2-29, and steadied the Aussies with the bat after the early loss of Finch. Nonetheless, he never kicked on with the bat to do some damage. His three scores in the series were 10, 26 and 24.

STEVE SMITH — 3.5

81 runs at 40.50, strike rate 85.26, HS 53

Another one to join the Aussie casualty ward mid-series. Smith played just the two matches with slightly mixed results. He scored a solid 53 off 60 in a successful chase in the first ODI, before a middling 28 off 35 in the second match. Given he played just the two matches, his series rating has been affected.

MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE — 4

116 runs at 23.30, strike rate 65.90, HS 31

A disappointing series from the Australian No.4, and one which might invite some discussion about his position when all players are available again. Labuschagne’s lowest score was 14, but his highest only 31 as a clear pattern of wasteful starts emerged across the five matches. From such a talented batter, Australia needed more. With Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head on the sidelines, there could be some pressure on Labuschagne moving forward.

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TRAVIS HEAD — 7

120 runs at 60.00, strike rate 90.90 HS 70*

The left-hander certainly did his 50-over credentials no harm during his three appearances. His 70 off 65 balls in the third ODI was one of the best batting displays by an Australian this series. Australia was 4-121 after 26.4 overs when he came to the crease but went on to post 6-291 with Head unbeaten. Head’s other two innings saw him also waste starts with scores of 23 and 27.

GLENN MAXWELL — 7

160 runs at 40.00, strike rate 140.35, HS 80*

Five wickets at 45.20, economy 5.02 BBI 2-35

The series started in brilliant fashion with Maxwell delivering one of his trademark displays of powerhitting. He smoked 80 off 51 balls, which included six boundaries, in a successful chase to get Australia off on the right foot in the series. That was as good as it got for the all-rounder with the bat. A 30 and 33 followed in the next two matches, but he faded away late in the series, particularly in the fourth ODI when he was out in three balls to add to a fatal collapse. With the ball, Maxwell produced consistently economical figures — it’s hard to remember when he last bowled a bad spell for Australia — and chipped in with a handful of wickets.

ALEX CAREY — 6.5

149 runs at 37.25, strike rate 83.24, HS 49

A good performance with the gloves, and a couple scores of note with the bat that should keep Josh Inglis away from his spot. His best came in the fifth match when his measured 45 not out saw Australia recover from 4-50 to chase down 164. Nonetheless, it was a low total and in a dead rubber. When the series was live, Carey followed the Aussie trend of making some starts, but didn’t make a half-century with scores of 21, 15, 49, 19 and 45*.

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CAMERON GREEN — 4

53 runs at 53.00, strike rate 84.12, HS 25*

One wicket at 70.00, economy 5.83, BBI 1-13

Walks away with an average over 50 but it should be said he had two unbeaten innings and played just the three matches. He was measured alongside Carey in seeing the Australians across the line in the final match. Before then, his performance with the bat in the crucial fourth ODI was disappointing, while he struggled to accelerate towards the end of the third. Bowled just the 12 overs in the series but leaked nearly a run-a-ball with only Jhye Richardson and Marnus Labuschagne more expensive (two overs minimum).

PAT CUMMINS — 8

Eight wickets at 17.75, economy 4.46, BBI 4-35

Cummins was outstanding in his four matches for the series. He was comfortably Australia’s most dangerous bowler, and top wicket-taker with eight at 17.75. Four of those came in the one match when he ripped through Sri Lanka in the second ODI with 4-35. Furthermore, Marsh was the only Aussie bowler more economical (minimum two overs) in the series.

MATTHEW KUHNEMANN — 6

Six wickets at 31.83, economy 5.02, BBI 2-26

Not a bad debut series at all. Few were expecting Matthew Kuhnemann to be making an ODI debut this month, let alone becoming a key player across four games. There’s certainly room to grow and no one will be suggesting that Ashton Agar or Adam Zampa are under any threat from Kuhnemann any time soon. But his six wickets at 31.83 with an economy of 5.02 was a tidy return all things considered. It’s also worth noting when he hit three boundaries in the final over of the fourth ODI to almost force a tie.

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JOSH HAZLEWOOD — 5.5

Four wickets at 51.00, economy 4.68, BBI 2-22

Wasn’t the potent wicket-taking force as his teammate Cummins was, but this was largely another display of disciplined bowling from Hazlewood. His best came a little late, however, when he took 2-22 and leaked just 3.14 runs an over in the final match. He was also only hit for 3.71 runs an over in the second ODI.

JHYE RICHARDSON — 4

Three wickets at 34.33, economy 6.05, BBI 2-39

Richardson was called on for just the two matches and had mixed results. He was punished in the first ODI, going for eight runs-an-over when each of Australia’s specialist bowlers were going for a run-a-ball at most. He played again in the third ODI and had a vastly improved return of 2-39 from his nine overs. His series rating is also affected by the fact he only played two out of five matches.

One-match players

MITCHELL SWEPSON

One wicket at 58.00, economy 5.80, BBI 1-58

MARCUS STOINIS

44 runs at 44.00, strike rate 141.93, HS 44

No wickets, economy 3.00

ASHTON AGAR

Three runs at 3.00, strike rate 27.27, HS 3

Two wickets at 24.50, economy 4.90, BBI 2-49

JOSH INGLIS

Five runs at 5.00, strike rate 50.00, HS 5

Marcus Stoinis looked in great touch in the first ODI, and this series might have went a bit differently had he not gone down injured. The same could be said for Ashton Agar with his left-arm spin sorely missed in the absence of Adam Zampa. He bowled well, taking 2-49 in his only match. Meanwhile, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson both failed to make an impression in their only appearances of the series.

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