Australia player ratings: Mike Hussey
David Warner – 5.5/10
Batted well in the first innings and would’ve been disappointed not to get a big score. Once again looked good, fielded brilliantly as always but would undoubtedly be upset with running out Bancroft. Let’s hope they’re still talking!
Cameron Bancroft – 3.5/10
Once again looked comfortable and would’ve found it hard to get in to the match. First he was run out by Warner and then had to face Jimmy Anderson at his best under lights with a new pink ball. Fielded well again under the lid at short-leg.
Usman Khawaja – 6.5/10
Played really well in the first innings for 53. Looked calm, composed and in control and was almost surprising when he got out to Anderson. Joint top-scored in the second innings in extremely difficult conditions. Bounced back well after Brisbane, where he copped a bit of criticism about playing spin.
Steve Smith – 5/10
An interesting Test for the skipper. England tried to get in his mind with lots of chatter in his first innings. Whether it worked, only he can answer that. He looked a bit agitated in the last session on day four when he burnt the two reviews in three balls. Many have questioned his decision not to enforce the follow-on but the win vindicates his call. He batted well for his 40 in the first innings but was it surprising when he got out to debutant Craig Overton – once he gets a start he normally gets a hundred!
Peter Handscomb – 4/10
Fought really hard for his 36 through the night on day one. Showed good fighting qualities when he hasn’t looked in the best of touch. But in saying that, he had to bat in the most difficult periods of a day-night Test and should enjoy the Perth conditions.
Shaun Marsh – 9/10
Simply outstanding in the first innings. He showed patience, temperament and character and had to work hard through difficult conditions before cashing in to reach his maiden Ashes ton. I hope his critics are now eating humble pie!
Tim Paine – 8/10
His knock in the first innings was pivotal. He came out and played positively and changed the momentum of the game. His keeping has been flawless in this game and he has justified the selectors' bold decision to pick him.
Mitchell Starc – 8/10
He’s looked dangerous again but in the search of wickets can be a little bit expensive. He equal top-scored with 20 in the second innings and pulled off a marvellous return catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.
Pat Cummins – 8/10
He’s had another great Test match. Bowled beautifully and captured key wickets and once again contributed with the bat, registering a career-high 44 in the first innings.
Josh Hazlewood – 8/10
He’s just getting better and better. His rhythm looks better with each game and he iced the game with two wickets on the fifth afternoon, including the big one of Joe Root.
Nathan Lyon – 8.5/10
He’s so crucial to the Australian team. When he’s bowling well Smith can operate the quicks from the other end and he’s been lethal to England’s left-handers. The cagey veteran showed his experience as nightwatchman late in the evening on day three to boot!
England player ratings: Michael Vaughan
Alastair Cook - 4/10
Did okay in the first innings but his problem is Nathan Lyon, who got him out twice here and has done so seven or eight times now in Test cricket. England depend on his experience at the top of the order and they need big, big runs from him.
Mark Stoneman - 6/10
Looks good and like that he’s getting used to this level but has not got the big score. I like the way he played, particularly in the second innings when he came out and was more aggressive. That’s the style of play he’ll probably settle into at Test level.
James Vince - 2/10
He’s had a stinker – he’s been out to two shocking shots. I call it drive-itis, he’s got a problem, a disease. He’ll keep his spot because you’re on tour and there’s not that many viable options. He was picked to bat at three and got 83 last week so he’s got to stick in the side but he knows if he has another week like this it’s probably the end for him.
Joe Root - 5/10
Played a poor shot in the first innings and in the second innings he played beautifully. The decision at the toss he got wrong – it was such a brave one but the wrong one. So, for captaincy he gets a four and his batting was good in the second innings so that's a six. But he has to get more hundreds. He’s so important.
Dawid Malan - 6/10
I think he looks decent. He played with a lot of control and courage. I thought he played the pressure card nicely. Of all the newcomers, he’s probably stood up as well as any. Him and Stoneman look like they have a while in the team. A big score is around the corner, he just needs to trust himself.
Moeen Ali - 4/10
For England to compete out here without Ben Stokes, Moeen, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes – those three all-rounders - all have to stand up and produce 10-15 per cent more. But Moeen’s off-spin has had no effect regardless of the finger injury, which admittedly is not great for him. With the bat, he was always going to be tested in these conditions and he has struggled facing Lyon, who has now got him out four times this series.
Jonny Bairstow - 7/10
His keeping has been very good and has played okay with the bat here. I think England have to try and get him up the order. They might need to make a change and be ruthless enough to potentially move Malan. They have got to try and get the best players out there for long periods of time. I think by the end of the series (reserve keeper) Ben Foakes will be in the team batting at seven and Jonny might have to go up to three as a specialist batsman. It wouldn’t surprise me.
Chris Woakes - 5/10
First innings he was poor with the ball and good with the bat. Second innings he was outstanding with the ball and poor with the bat. It’s the movement with him – when the ball was nipping around under lights he was terrific. He’s a good character, a real nice kid to have in the team. I like his spirit. But it’s just whether he’s got enough to threaten in these conditions. Apart from under lights, his bowling in this series has been ordinary.
Craig Overton - 8.5/10
I liked him on debut. I’m not too sure how good his bowling is to be honest but he did okay. What I like about him is his character. The way that he batted to withstand that bouncer war when he went out there, I think he’s got something. I like his aggression with the ball and others need to show more of that. Took a good catch too. He’s the stand-out positive of the week for England.
Stuart Broad - 6/10
I think he’s been England’s best bowler. In the first innings he was the one bowler who was trying to get it full. He’s just not getting enough wickets. I think he’s bowling well enough to pick up a few but he’s not getting them. Maybe he needs to bowl a bit straighter? He does bowl a little bit in the channel. Half a yard straighter on off-stump might help.
James Anderson - 8/10
He’s proved in our era he’s the best swing bowler in the world by a country mile. He’s a joy to watch when that ball hoops around. It’s just that first afternoon – why did he bowl too short? For Australia to get 442 first innings, that’s where the game has been lost. But his spell in the second innings was great.
2017-18 International Fixtures
Magellan Ashes Series
Australia Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers.
England Test squad: Joe Root (c), James Anderson (vc), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.
First Test Australia won by 10 wickets. Scorecard
Second Test Australia won by 120 runs (Day-Night). Scorecard
Third Test WACA Ground, December 14-18. Tickets
Fourth Test MCG, December 26-30. Tickets
Fifth Test SCG, January 4-8 (Pink Test). Tickets
Gillette ODI Series v England
First ODI MCG, January 14. Tickets
Second ODI Gabba, January 19. Tickets
Third ODI SCG, January 21. Tickets
Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets
Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets
Prime Minister's XI
PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets
Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series
First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets
Second T20I – Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets
Third T20I – Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets
Fourth T20I – NZ v England, Wellington, February 14
Fifth T20I – NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16
Sixth T20I – NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18
Final – TBC, Eden Park, February 21