Proteas

Hussey slams Aussies in player ratings

2016-11-16 18:52
Mike Hussey (File)

Cape Town - Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey has slammed the Australian side following another woeful display in the second Test against the Proteas in Hobart. 

Australia lost by an innings and 80 runs to go down 2-0 in the three-match series with one to play. 

The latest performance, Australia's fifth Test defeat in a row, has led to an outcry in Australia over the current state of the game in those parts. 

There have been calls for captain Steve Smith to step down, while on Wednesday chairperson of selectors Rod Marsh did just that

Hussey, who played in 79 Tests at a batting average of 51.52, was tasked with rating the Aussie players after the second Test on the cricket.com.au website.

These were his scores, out of 10: 

Warner 5, Burns 2.5, Khawaja 6, Smith 6.5, Voges 2.5, Ferguson 2.5, Nevill 3.5, Mennie 4.5, Starc 5.5, Hazlewood 8, Lyon 4.5. 

Respected South African cricket journalist Neil Manthorp, meanwhile, was tasked with rating the South Africans. 

As expected, those numbers were far more complimentary. 

Manthorp's Proteas player ratings: 

Elgar 6, Cook 6, Amla 7, Duminy 7, Du Plessis 8, Bavuma 9, De Kock 9, Philander 9.5, Maharaj 7, Abbott 10, Rabada 9.5

Manthorp said that Du Plessis' high score was a direct result of his captaincy in the field while Duminy's 7 was due to his outstanding work in the field. 

The third and final Test gets underway in Adelaide on November 24. 

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