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   Monday, 6 January, 2003, 04:38 GMT
Australia player ratings
Glenn McGrath starred yet again with the ball
Australia were indebted to McGrath's superb bowling
Steve Waugh

A typically positive and astute performance on the captaincy front, but did not entirely convince with the bat.

Basically anonymous in the first three Tests, but turned things around with 77 in Melbourne and a magnificent century in Sydney.

It was a timely return to form and showed there may be life in the old dog yet.


Matthew Hayden

Another run-happy performance from the leading scorer in the Aussie batting line-up.

Hit the ground running with two centuries in Brisbane and managed another in Melbourne.

Often lost Justin Langer earlier than he would have liked, but did his job in laying the foundation for big Aussie totals.


Justin Langer

Unable to break through for as much as a half-century in the first three Tests, but made up for lost time with a marathon 250 in the fourth.

Often got starts, but when he missed out it was his trademark concentration that let him down.

However, showed his confidence had suffered no ill effects in Melbourne and finished with an average of 60.


Ricky Ponting

Rather faltered in the final two Tests, but burned in the first three when the Ashes were there to be won.

Hit a majestic 123 in Brisbane, and supplemented that with a refreshingly calm and mature 154 in Adelaide.

No ball is fast enough for probably the best puller in the game, and was three times ousted by the thoughtful medium pace of Craig White.


Damien Martyn

A fair performance that yielded no centuries but three fifties in the series-deciding first three Tests.

Mesmeric as ever against balls pitched on a length, he at times struggled against the rising ball and was caught off edges five times.

Still, 320 runs at exactly 40 is not a bad return and was worth his place in the side.


Darren Lehmann

The only home batter not to distinguish himself, the left-hander looked a little ring-rusty in his first Test action for almost four years.

Looked to be coming to hand with a well-made 42 in the third Test, but was denied the chance to build on that when a leg infection abruptly ended his series.


Martin Love

Given his first taste of Test cricket in Lehmann's absence and produced mixed results.

Looked assured and uncomplicated in making 62 not out at the MCG, but let himself down with a duck in the first innings in Sydney.

Took four lovely catches on debut and could well fill the yawning void left by Mark Waugh at second slip.


Adam Gilchrist

A little hit and miss with the willow, but that is his game and the big-hitting southpaw was always a threat at number seven.

Two fast half-centuries in the first four matches kept England on their toes, but Gilchrist really came to life with 133 in Sydney - arguably the knock of the series.

His wicket-keeping was not foolproof with more catches spilled than he would have liked.


Shane Warne

His Ashes was sadly cut short by a shoulder injury, but the superior leg-spinner bowled as well as ever in his three Tests.

Was utterly majestic in Adelaide and even managed to get four wickets in Brisbane, normally his bogey ground.

Showed a renewed zeal with the bat, hitting scores of 57, 25 and 35 to fully warrant his number eight slot.


Brett Lee

Did not feature until Perth but made up for lost time there with five wickets and countless bruised Englishmen.

Dogged by inaccuracy throughout, but a frightfully lethal prospect when he did hit the spot and had Marcus Trescothick's number.

A memorably fast spell on the second evening in Melbourne was his highlight, but an overall analysis of 11 wickets at 40 shows there is work to be done.


Andy Bichel

Preferred over Lee for the first two Tests, he did nothing wrong but was left out until Sydney.

Eight scalps at 37 probably does not do him justice, and those figures would undoubtedly have been better had he been given the new ball.

But he served Australia ably with the softened ball and was quite useful with the bat down the order.


Jason Gillespie

Another ferocious offering from the opening bowler and Australia's joint leading wicket-taker with Glenn McGrath.

Zipped the ball both ways off the seam throughout a series in which he seemed to not bowl one bad spell.

And with an economy rate of just 2.68, he eschewed the costliness that has undermined his efforts in previous series.


Glenn McGrath

Terrorised England yet again with a display of precision bowling that enhanced his reputation as the leader of his art.

Eight wickets in Brisbane set the tone for the series and he did not let up, taking 19 wickets in four Tests at a cost of 20 runs per victim.

Was as frugal as ever and took perhaps the catch of the tournament in Adelaide to remove Michael Vaughan.


Stuart MacGill

An assorted return to Test cricket for the leg-spinner after a Shane Warne injury meant he played the final two Tests.

Took 10 wickets - and Australia's only five-wicket haul - but was heavily bowled and heavily caned by the likes of Vaughan.

Turned the ball as prodigiously as ever, but struggled with length and was seemingly exposed for a lack of variation.

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