Australia demolishes Blackcaps at home: Player ratings for visitors

The T20I series between New Zealand and Australia under Mitchell Santner has ended with Australia emerging victorious in all three matches of the trans-Tasman rivalry.


The first T20 took place in Wellington, where Mitchell Marsh’s Australia won by six wickets. The subsequent two matches were played in Auckland, which Australia won by notable margins of 72 and 27 runs.

Now, let’s look at the performance ratings of the Australian players in the recently concluded series.

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Travis Head (6/10): Travis Head has performed consistently well throughout the series and has scored 20+ runs in all three matches. Despite his consistency, he missed converting those starts into half-centuries.

In the opening match of the series, Head scored 24 runs off just 15 balls with a strike rate of 160. His most notable performance came in the second T20I, where he scored 45 runs off 22 balls, which included 2 fours and 5 sixes. With a staggering strike rate of 204.55.

Despite being the leading run-scorer in the series with a total of 102 runs in 3 innings, Head faced challenges in the last match, scoring 33 runs off 30 balls with a relatively low strike rate.

David Warner (5.5/10): David Warner had a solo performance in the first match of the series, where he scored 32 runs in 20 balls at a strike rate of 160, which included one four and three sixes.

Unfortunately, he was rested in the second T20I as part of Australia’s rotation strategy, and in the third T20I, he was sidelined with adductor pain.

Steven Smith (1/10): To compensate for Warner’s absence as an opening batsman, Steven Smith stepped in with the first ball in the second and third T20Is but endured a disappointing performance throughout the series.

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In the second match, Smith was out LBW when he was batting after scoring 11 runs on 7 balls. Smith’s innings in the third T20I was even shorter, lasting only 3 balls, where he managed to score only 4 runs.

Middle Order

Glenn Maxwell (4.5/10): Glenn Maxwell, despite being the second-highest run-scorer in the last T20 series against the West Indies, failed to repeat his performance against the hosts this time.

He started the series with a quick inning of 25 runs. However, his bat remained silent in the second game and could only score 6 runs from 4 balls. However, Maxwell showed some brilliance in the last T20 match and scored a quick 20 runs in just 9 balls with the help of 3 fours and a six.

Josh Inglis (3.5/10): Josh Inglis also struggled to make an impact in the first two matches with scores of 20 off 20 balls and 5 runs off 3 balls. In the previous match, just as he looked set for a big score by scoring 14 runs off 8 balls, rain intervened, cutting the match short.

Tim David (6/10): Tim David, the star performer of the last T20 series against the West Indies, continued his form in this series as well. In the first match, he emerged as the hero of the night by finishing on the last ball, scoring 29 runs in the last two overs, clinching the victory by hitting a four on the last ball and remained unbeaten on 31 off 10 balls.

However, he scored 17 runs off 19 balls in the second match and remained unbeaten on 8 runs off 3 balls in the last T20I.

Matthew Wade (1/10): Australian vice-captain Matthew Wade had limited opportunities in the series. He batted in only the second T20I and managed to score only 1 run from 3 balls.

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Marsh hit 9 sixes in the entire series

Mitchell Marsh (8.5/10): Australian captain Mitchell Marsh performed brilliantly in the series and won the Player of the Series award. He produced a match-winning performance with the bat, scoring 72 runs off 44 balls in the first match and contributing 26 runs off 21 balls in the second.

Marsh also achieved significant successes with the ball, dismissing Devon Conway in the first match and Mark Chapman in the second, with bowling figures of 3-0-21-1 and 3-0-18-1 respectively. He was rested for the last game.

Matthew Short (6/10): Although he did not get a chance to contribute with bat or ball in the first game, Matthew Short made a significant impact in the last T20I, scoring 27 runs off 11 balls and taking a crucial wicket. Will Young gave 33 runs in his 2 overs.

Pat Cummins (6.5/10): In the opening match, Pat Cummins conceded 43 runs in 4 overs while getting an important wicket with the ball.

In the latter game, he demonstrated versatility by contributing with both bat and ball. Cummins maintained economical bowling figures, scoring 28 runs off 22 balls, conceding only 19 runs in 3 overs and taking one more wicket. He was wisely rested for the final T20 match.

Mitchell Starc (5.5/10): In the series opener, Mitchell Starc conceded 39 runs in four overs but managed to dismiss Finn Allen. However, in the third T20I, Starc displayed his lethal bowling skills by conceding only 15 runs in two overs.

Adam Zampa (8/10): Adam Zampa, who emerged as one of the joint-highest wicket-takers of the series, spun a fascinating web that troubled the Kiwi batsmen throughout the series.

Zampa’s 4/34 in the second match was his second best T20I performance

Although he did not get any wicket in the first game, he made a brilliant comeback in the subsequent match and took four wickets for 34 runs in just 4 overs. In the final, Zampa’s economical bowling conceded only 20 runs in 2 overs, which included the crucial dismissal of Allen.

Josh Hazlewood (6.5/10): Despite bagging only one wicket in the opening two matches, Josh Hazlewood’s impact was nothing short of impeccable. In the opening match of the series, Hazlewood did not get any wickets, but conceded only 36 runs in his allotted 4 overs.

However, he displayed his A-game in the following match, dismissing Allen and conceding only 12 runs in 4 overs, including a maiden over.


Nathan Ellis (8/10): Nathan Ellis showcased his potential with a remarkable performance in the second match, delivering a spell of 3-0-16-2. In the last match, he played a vital role in the win with a match-winning spell of 2-0-11-2.

Spencer Johnson (7/10): Spencer Johnson emerged as the standout bowler of the third match. He gave only 10 runs in 2 overs and, making an important contribution to his team’s victory, he quickly sent Tim Seifert back to the pavilion.

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