England vs Sri Lanka T20i Series Player Ratings
England have just beaten Sri Lanka 3-0 in what was a fairly mixed series for the hosts. At times they looked imperious, but this must be caveated with the dreadful form of the Sri Lankan batsmen. Hindsight is naturally a wonderful tool and some may say that the cries of England experimenting a bit more are testament to this yet I cannot help but feel that this was a chance missed. Matt Parkinson has been stuck playing the blast instead of having 8 overs of international experience. England wrapped up the series fairly comfortably and despite a collapse in the 2nd and 3rd games the Sri Lankan bowling just was not up to par and as a consequence of this was unable to truly capitalise on the batting failures of the English. So how did England's players get on?
Jos Buttler 7/10:
One innings was all he played but Buttler once again showed why he is the best T20 opener in the world. Buttlers 68* steered England home and his cool head and delightful shot-making shone through on what was a fairly turgid wicket.
Jason Roy 4/10:
Runs in the first game and one failure in the second, Jason Roy is under some real pressure. Roy’s drop-off in form is somewhat unmentioned and despite being a supposed mainstay in the side Roy has yet to convince some, including me, in the shortest format for England. Not once did he look comfortable at the crease throughout the series and the question still begs; how long can they ignore Alex Hales for?
Dawid Malan 6/10:
Two failures (including a disastrous 7 off 14) on tricky wickets and the runs on the flattest deck of the series Malan supposedly ‘silenced his doubters’ by performing how we all knew he would. Malans struggles against spin, especially on more sluggish pitches, are ever-present and with a T20 world cup in the UAE Malan may find himself under some more pressure later this year.
Johnny Bairstow 4/10:
Bairstow did make a half-century in this series (to go along with a duck and a low not out to seal a chase) but Bairstow's strike rate was a worry. Often Bairstow is a fiery opener who demolishes pace in the powerplay and then dismantles the spinners in the middle over but in his innings in the 3rd T20i, he scored at a frankly pedestrian rate. This shouldn’t be a common issue with Bairstow going forward but it was enough for him to get a low score.
Sam Billings 5/10:
Billings played the match situation perfectly in the 2nd game and in his post-match interview spoke eloquently about how he has matured as a cricketer in terms of his decision making. A low score in the final game knocks him down a bit but his incredible runout takes him back up to an average score.
Eoin Morgan 2/10:
Since being on his sparkling run of form this time last year Eoin Morgan has had no real innings of note for a long long time. The skipper is dreadfully out of touch and whilst the cries to drop him are somewhat premature, his struggles against spin and how slow he is starting- especially at the death, could spell trouble for England.
Liam Livingstone 6/10:
Finishing not out in the 2nd game of the series is where Livingstone collects most of his points but even in the 3rd game, he showed his value and versatility to the England side. Throw in some not half bad spin and Livingstone has had a series that should propel him into consistent starting Xi contention.
Moeen Ali 3/10:
Moeens poor score is caveated by the fact that he was batting massively out of position and England have once again showcased that they have no idea how to use one of their best batsmen. A wicket in the final game, his only one, gets him some bonus points but I still cannot help but feel that England are going to miss out on the prime years of one of their best players.
Sam Curran 7/10:
Superb with the ball throughout and some very handy contributions with the bat; this was the series in which Sam Curran has finally nailed down that number 7 spot as his own. There isn’t much else to say about Curran other than he is slowly developing into one of England's most reliable players in the shortest format.
Chris Woakes 7/10:
No contributions with the bat but it was with the ball where Woakes shone. Powerplay bowling is never easy with batsmen looking to attack but Woakes gave the Sri Lankan batsmen nothing to hit and this was reflected in his laughably low economy rate. Woakes had a solid series on his return to the side and it shouldn’t be a surprise if he makes the squad vs Pakistan.
David Willey 7/10:
Willey was exceptional with the new ball, solid in the field, and a much-improved death bowler. Recalled to the side after being shunned a number of years ago, Willey reminded Eoin Morgan that with a new ball and only 2 fielders allowed outside the circle, there are few better in the world than the Yorkshire man. He didn’t get a chance to show his pinch-hitting but we all know it’s there and Willey has added himself to the roster of seamers that England will be taking to the world cup later this year.
Chris Jordan 5/10:
Jordan’s poor form continues and it is now a surprise to many that he is still in the side. Consistently poor at the death, yet again, Jordan is a growing concern for every except those inside the England camp. There isn’t much else to say except that Jordan needs a seriously good series vs Pakistan to convince a lot of people of his place in the starting Xi.
Mark Wood 9/10:
For me, Wood was England's player of the series. Wood bowled fast and hostile and the Sri Lankan batters just could not play him. When it comes to the middle overs Wood is a man on a mission as he bowls as quick as he can as often as he can and he either targets the splice, toes, or head of a batter. Wood was Englands gamechanger as he often kept on the pressure after solid powerplays and the Durham man once again showcased how valuable he can be to this England side.
Adil Rashid 8/10:
A runner up to Wood but with Rashid, it was almost expected. Against a batting unit as poor as Sri Lanka's Rashid should be comfortable taking heaps of wickets and not leaking many runs and this is what he did. Alas, he did it so beautifully that it is hard to see a world in which he isn’t England's attack leader come to the world cup.
So there we have it my player reviews for the T20i series! Do you agree? Was I too harsh or too easy on players? Let me know on my Twitter @therunoutblog1!