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  Monday, 2 December, 2002, 13:02 GMT
England's Ashes report card
Nasser Hussain walks dejectedly off the pitch
Hussain walks dejectedly off after another defeat

The Ashes series has been lost in devastating fashion - but how has each member of the England set-up performed during the thrashing?

Nasser Hussain
Ashes batting average: 31.3
Highest score: 61

Calls for Hussain to stand down as skipper are unfair. It was a bad mistake to put Australia in at Brisbane, but no other candidate could improve the current situation.

With the bat he underperformed, but at least he fought with spirit and guts.

Marcus Trescothick
Ashes batting average: 24.3
Highest score: 72

One of the key men to England's slim hopes before the series began, Trescothick has disappointed without failing completely.

Somewhere between leaving Heathrow and landing in Australia he decided to stop moving his front foot - and that has cost him dear too often.

Mark Butcher
Ashes batting average: 21.5
Highest score: 54

Save for a fighting half-century in the First Test, Butcher has failed to repeat his sparky Ashes displays of summer 2001.

His run-out in the second innings at Perth summed up the calamitous nature of some of England's cricket.

Michael Vaughan
Ashes batting average: 49
Highest score: 177

The one England player who would get into the Australia side.

Despite knee and shoulder injuries, Vaughan confirmed himself as a Test player of class, a better player than anyone had thought he could be.

John Crawley
Ashes batting average: 69
Highest score: 69 no

Left high and dry when looking good in the first innings at Brisbane, Crawley was run out without scoring in the second innings capitulation before his hip injury kept him out.

England's batting weaknesses should see him back in the Test line-up as soon as he can prove his fitness.

Alec Stewart
Ashes batting average: 31.8
Highest score: 66 no
Catches: 6

Has age at last caught up with England's most dedicated cricketer?

With the bat, Stewart provided solid resistance - but behind the stumps, crucial chances that England could not afford to miss went begging.

Robert Key
Ashes batting average: 18
Robert Key raises his bat
Key showed glimpses of Test class

Highest score: 47

One knock, his 47 in the first innings in Perth, may have saved Key's Test career.

In his other three visits to the crease he looked like a decent county player who is too easily exposed by top-flight bowlers to make the jump to Test class.

Craig White
Ashes batting average: 8
Highest score: 15
Wickets: 11
Best bowling: 5-127

A late replacement on tour, White cannot be faulted for effort, and his five wickets in Perth were reward for this.

As a potential all-rounder, however, he did not match up to the description on the box. A highest score of 15 was tail-ender stuff.

Ashley Giles
Wickets: 6
Best bowling: 4-101

England's best bowler until his untimely broken wrist ruled him out of the series after just one Test.

The fact that the damage was done while in the nets facing Steve Harmison at full pelt raises further questions about the England management.

Andy Caddick
Wickets: 6
Best bowling: 3-95

On his first tour Down Under, Caddick did little to persuade those who see him as a good-time bowler who crumbles when the pressure is on.

With Darren Gough absent, Caddick was left as England's most senior bowler by a long way - and he found it too big an ask.

Matthew Hoggard
Wickets: 1
Best bowling: 1-84

Smashed all over the park in Brisbane by Matty Hayden, he recovered some of his pride in Adelaide.

Not the same bowler in Australian conditions as he was in England last summer, but Hoggard is a trier who will endeavour to learn from the tour and come back a better player.

Alex Tudor
Wickets: 2
Best bowling: 2-144

What has happened to the young firebrand of four years ago?

Tudor has lost the pace that made him such an exciting prospect when he first burst onto the Test scene, and with it his threat.

Steve Harmison
Wickets: 3
Best bowling: 2-106

Genuine pace, sure, but not yet the accuracy required of a Test bowler.

Ideally he would have been brought into a settled, successful line-up - but the England of this winter are anything but, and this has left Harmison exposed.

Simon Jones
Wickets: 1
Best bowling: 1-32

Jones' tour was cruelly wrecked by injury just when it appeared he might be able to shake up the Aussie batsmen.

Once his damaged cruciate ligament heals, he will hope to re-start his stuttering Test career and enjoy a run in the Test side unbroken by injury.

Richard Dawson
Wickets: 2
Richard Dawson holds his head in his hands
Dawson was thrown in at the deep end

Best bowling: 2-143

Brought in after Ashley Giles' accident in the nets, Dawson had limited experience and was therefore never viewed as a potential match-winner.

Barely bowled on the pacey Waca strip and remains one for the future.

Chris Silverwood
Wickets: 0
Best bowling: n/a

Barely began his Ashes experience before it ended in ankle ligament injury.

That it was the same ankle he turned last season was dismissed as "co-incidence" by the team medics.

The selectors
David Graveney puts his finger on his lips
Graveney has come under fire

High-risk decision to gamble on the fitness of key players backfired spectacularly when bad luck added to the casualty list.

No outstanding candidates who were left in Blighty, but the treatment of certain players - like Matthew Hoggard - when the one-day squad was picked was questionable.

David Graveney and chums were possibly the only people in England who ever believed that Gough might be fit enough to tour.

The backroom staff
Where does the buck stop for England's run of injuries?

Lord MacLaurin might blame Andrew Flintoff for not getting himself fit, but a lot of other critics are pointing the finger at the team's medical staff.

To suffer a couple of injuries - like Giles' and Jones' - can be considered unfortunate.

When over half a team is missing, questions start being asked.

In all, seven players have been ruled out of at least one Ashes Test through injury and several others have played despite not being fully fit.

Why did England lose the Ashes?

Too many injuries

Players froze

Poor captaincy

Aussies too good

Bad selection

4236 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion



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