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Australian player rankings from SA tour

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Ed Jackson

HOW AUSTRALIA'S PLAYERS FARED ON THE ONE-DAY TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA (Rankings out of 10)

DAVID WARNER - 9

The one bright light of Australia's wretched campaign. Warner scored two hundreds against the Proteas including a mammoth 173 at Cape Town that nearly brought victory in the final game. Finished the series as the overall top scorer with 386 runs at 77.20. Only blemish was a failure in the fourth match at Port Elizabeth.

CHRIS TREMAIN - 7.5

Belted on his debut with figures of 1-78, Tremain improved with every match on his maiden international campaign. Ended the tour with career-best figures of 3-64 at Cape Town and took seven wickets at 36.42. The pick of the newcomers and one who will remain in selectors' thoughts for the domestic summer.

JOHN HASTINGS - 7

The most experienced frontline pace bowler on tour claimed seven wickets in five matches at 35.14 but sat out the final match in place of Joe Mennie. Made his maiden ODI half-century in the opening match of the South Africa series as well. A steady performer but couldn't step up to be the attack leader Australia needed on the tour.

STEVE SMITH - 6.5

Australia's captain was the team's second-highest run scorer but his series was a mixed one. A century in Durban was overshadowed by David Miller's heroics and his only other score over 50 came in the tour opener against Ireland. Failed twice in the last two games and has now lost nine of his past 11 as captain in all formats, prompting ex-Test batsman Kepler Wessels to criticise his leadership.

SCOTT BOLAND - 6.5

Picked up five wickets in the three matches he played against South Africa, Boland ended the tour with seven scalps from four matches and an economy rate just over six runs per over. The Victorian didn't get a lot of opportunity but was one of the better bowlers in Australia's campaign, topping the averages with a wicket every 30.42 runs.

ADAM ZAMPA - 6

Didn't have much to work with but six wickets at 42.50 with an economy rate of 6.09 wasn't really the return Australia would have been looking for from their frontline spinner. South Africa's spin pair Imran Tahir and Tamraiz Shamsi were far more effective for the hosts. Has made an encouraging start to his ODI career this year but remains a fairly raw bowler.

MATTHEW WADE - 6

Biggest impact in the series was an on-field run-in with South Africa's left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in Port Elizabeth that cost Wade 25 per cent of his match fee. Made a half-century in that match and had a couple of handy cameos late in innings. Solid behind the wicket but didn't really have much to do.

GEORGE BAILEY - 5

Opened the South Africa series with a patient 74 but that was the Tasmanian's only real impact on the series. Finished with an average of 22.80 and only 114 runs for the series. Pretty forgettable campaign.

AARON FINCH - 5

Missed the Ireland match as he continued his recovery from the broken finger that ended his Sri Lanka tour. Made a 50 in Australia's best batting display of the tour at Durban but next highest score was 33. Technique was badly exposed by Kyle Abbott in Port Elizabeth and by Imran Tahir at Cape Town.

MITCHELL MARSH - 5

Made some useful runs with the bat including a half-century at Port Elizabeth that lifted Australia's total from disastrous to merely poor. More would have been expected of him with the ball however given he was the most experienced seamer in the group. A return of five wickets at 62.60 from six matches at an economy rate of 6.52 wasn't good enough.

TRAVIS HEAD - 5

Made his maiden ODI half-century and that was about the only highlight for the South Australian captain on the tour. Averaged 27.80 with the bat which is on a par with his brief ODI career so far. Struggled to give Smith an extra bowling option, taking one wicket for 117 runs and going at a whopping 7.80 per over. Will need to improve if he's to keep other options such as Glenn Maxwell from taking his spot this summer.

JOE MENNIE - 5

Debuted in game two of South African series and was promptly smacked for 0-82 off his first 10 international overs. Mennie's figures are the worst on ODI debut for an Australian bowler. Sat out the next two matches but came back well in final ODI with figures of 3-49 from 10 overs - the best by any Australian in a single match of the South Africa series. Knocking over Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis will give him fond memories on the flight home.

USMAN KHAWAJA - 4.5

Made an unbeaten 82 against Ireland before the start of the South Africa series and wasn't used again. Still unknown if his runs from last summer will outweigh his troubled tour of Sri Lanka when the team for the first Test in Perth next month is named.

DAN WORRALL - 4

Played three matches including the Ireland match but could only take one wicket for 171 runs. An economy rate of 6.49 was healthier than most on an expensive tour but his lack of penetration against the Proteas will raise question marks about his ability to step up to international level.

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