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Player ratings: A day to forget for Finch, Starc our best in World Cup loss

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 5 days ago Jon Pierik

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We assess the Australian side after an eight-wicket loss to England in the Cricket World Cup semi-final on Friday morning. Jon Pierik has given each player a mark out of 10, with their tournament tally up to the end of the round robin stage in brackets.

a man holding a yellow ball: Australia's David Warner celebrates after scoring a century against South Africa. © AP Australia's David Warner celebrates after scoring a century against South Africa. David Warner - 3 (55)9 off 10 balls

He began superbly with a cover drive off Chris Woakes that had many thinking this would be Australia's day. There would be another boundary, a lofted straight drive off Woakes, but the fast bowler had his revenge with a delivery aimed across the left-hander which squared him up and found a tickled edge to second slip. Had a superb tournament on his return from suspension, thumping three centuries in his 647 runs at 71.88.

a man holding a football ball: Australia's captain Aaron Finch failed to deliver. © AP Australia's captain Aaron Finch failed to deliver. Aaron Finch - 2 (72)0 off 1 ball

He had seven of his 15 one-day international centuries against England but this wasn't an innings - or day - he would want to remember. He fell for a golden duck thanks to his greatest weakness, full deliveries aimed at his pads. In the field, he worked to rotate his bowlers but Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were too good.

Steve Smith - 8 (62)85 off 119 balls

Elevated to No. 3 with Usman Khawaja hurt, he produced his best score of the tournament in a time of crisis. He is a natural No. 3 so it's hard to see how he and Khawaja can co-exist in the same team. He gave the Australians some hope until he was brilliantly run out by Jos Buttler. Overall, he had an indifferent campaign but that was, in part, because he was used out of position.

Peter Handscomb - 1 (1)4 off 12 balls

He had been in good form for Australia A but this was always going to be a major step up. In his World Cup debut, he survived a tight lbw shout first ball but fell soon after when Chris Woakes found a hint of movement and split the gap between bat and pad. Selectors must decide whether he is part of their long-term plans heading into the 2023 World Cup in India.

Alex Carey - 7 (71)46 off 70 balls

Selectors listened to calls for the gloveman to be promoted up the order and that move was made when Australia had crumbled to 3-14 in the seventh over. He was hit on the chin by a Jofra Archer bouncer that later required stitches. He was praised by Steve Waugh for his composure until he took on Adil Rashid and clipped the leggie to deep mid-wicket at an inopportune time. Waugh says he could he play as a specialist batsman in the Ashes.

Marcus Stoinis - 2 (39.5)0-13 off 2 overs and 0 off 2 balls

He had a disappointing seven weeks. He was declared fit after dealing with a right side strain against South Africa. He failed through the entire tournament to have an impact with the bat, and that was the case here, when fooled by a Rashid wrong-un. Would have also hoped for greater impact with the ball. The hunt for a damaging allrounder continues.

a close up of a helmet: Glenn Maxwell's lean run with the bat continued in the semi-final. © AP Glenn Maxwell's lean run with the bat continued in the semi-final. Glenn Maxwell - 4 (42)22 off 23 balls and did not bowl

He had a disappointing campaign. He'd been in the headlines all week - whether he should be in the team, and then whether he should slip to No. 7 in the order. He did come in at No. 7 and cracked two boundaries and a six but it was yet another teasing innings. This time his knock came to end when he was deceived by a knuckle ball from Archer and was spliced to short cover. Summed up his series.

Pat Cummins - 5 (63.5)1-34 off seven overs and 6 off 10 balls

He began the tournament well but fell away. Steve Waugh had tipped him to be a major factor against England but he was unable to deliver early. He would have also been disappointed with his batting through the tournament but he shapes as a key figure for the 2023 tournament.

Mitchell Starc - 6.5 (72.5)1-70 off nine overs and 29 off 36 balls

He claimed a record high of 27 wickets in the tournament, eclipsing Glenn McGrath's record from the 2007 tournament. But he had a disappointing day with the ball, conceding the most boundaries he had ever done in one game. Hard to criticise this, considering so much had been left to him through the tournament. He could not have picked a better moment to deliver his highest score of the tournament and he shared in a 51-run stand with Smith which gave Australia some hope.

Jason Behrendorff - 4 (31)0-38 off 8.1 overs and 1 off 4 balls

He was unable to repeat his fine form from Lord's although England were unable to get after him. He made an impression with the new ball here but needs to become more proficient with the older ball. He must also make a call on whether he returns to first-class cricket next summer.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Offspinner Nathan Lyon bowls during Australia's match against New Zealand. © AP Offspinner Nathan Lyon bowls during Australia's match against New Zealand. Nathan Lyon - 3 (20)0-49 off 5 overs and 1 not out off four balls

Finch had hoped his master spinner would have been able to either put the brakes on or snare a wicket as he did against South Africa. Instead, he went for 18 off his first two overs. He replaced Adam Zampa as the frontline spinner midway through the tournament and now deserves a sustained run in the side.

Did not play against England

Nathan Coulter-Nile (34.5)

Adam Zampa (19.5)

Kane Richardson (12.5)

Shaun Marsh (6) *

Usman Khawaja 43*

Matthew Wade (0) (Did not play a game)

*Out of the tournament with injury.

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