How the Aussies fared at the World Cup

Wrap of how Australia's players performed at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

AARON FINCH of Australia celebrates scoring a century during game two of the One Day International series between Australia and England at The Gabba in Australia.
AARON FINCH of Australia celebrates scoring a century during game two of the One Day International series between Australia and England at The Gabba in Australia. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

AUSTRALIA'S PLAYER RATINGS FROM WORLD CUP

* AARON FINCH - 8.5

507 runs at 50.70

Stood tall in the top order as he and David Warner made for the best opening partnership in the World Cup. But the captain will be disappointed with his end to the tournament, with just 11 runs in three games.

* DAVID WARNER - 9.5

647 runs at 71.88

Returned to international cricket with his most prolific one-day series. Hit three centuries to be among the tournament's best players.

* USMAN KHAWJA - 6.5

316 runs at 35.11

Struggled for runs earlier in the tournament after being bumped out of the opening spot. Hit a crucial half-century against New Zealand before a hamstring injury ended his campaign.

* STEVE SMITH - 7.5

379 runs at 37.90

Stood up when it mattered most with a composed 85 in the semi-final while everyone else fell around him. Had four half-centuries but still wouldn't be the tournament he wanted.

* GLENN MAXWELL - 4.5

177 runs at 22.12, 0 wickets

Poor World Cup by his standards which could leave his future in doubt. Struck at 150 but faced only 118 balls in 10 games and didn't hit a half-century or take a wicket.

* MARCUS STOINIS - 4.5

87 runs at 14.50, 7 wickets at 34.85

Battled side strains for the majority of the tournament. Struggled to produce with the bat and while he had some spells with the ball he didn't make any huge impact.

* ALEX CAREY - 9

375 runs at 62.50, 18 catches, 2 stumpings

Australia's real find of the tournament as he stood tall with the bat. Made the most runs in a World Cup by a lower-order batsman. Tidy behind the stumps with a couple of errors.

* PAT CUMMINS - 7

14 wickets at 30.50

Solid with the ball but not the World Cup he would have hoped for. Bowled crucial spells against Pakistan and New Zealand and had to deal with being moved back to first change.

* MITCHELL STARC - 9.5

27 wickets at 18.59

Arguably Australia's finest-ever World Cup performer. His 27 scalps was a record while he's now played 16 World Cup games without going wicketless. Will only be left to regret expensive opening spells against South Africa and England to finish.

* JASON BEHRENDORFF - 7.5

9 wickets at 25.22

Made a real difference with the ball when he came into the side to open against England. Took 5-44 in that match and bowled well against New Zealand before a quiet end.

* NATHAN LYON - 7

3 wickets at 60.33

Stats don't show the full story as he proved he should be the first-pick spinner when Australia has their best attack. No-one builds pressure like Lyon, as evidenced by the wickets that fall at the other end while he is bowling.

* NATHAN COULTER-NILE - 5

98 runs at 32.66, 4 wickets at 70.00

His 92 with the bat against the West Indies was vital and his bowling improved as the tournament went on. Didn't play after the win over Bangladesh as Behrendorff was preferred.

* ADAM ZAMPA - 4.5

5 wickets at 47.20

Didn't make the same impact he had in the lead-up tournament. Team balance didn't help him but went for 7.15 an over before he lost his status as first-choice spinner.

* KANE RICHARDSON - 5

5 wickets at 21.80

Played well against Pakistan and Sri Lanka but fell out of the side once Marcus Stoinis returned.

* SHAUN MARSH - 3

26 runs at 13

Fell chasing quick runs in his two games against Sri Lanka and Pakistan when he filled in for Marcus Stoinis, meaning his tally wasn't enough to push for selection. Tournament ended when Pat Cummins broke his wrist in the nets, leaving him needing surgery.

* PETER HANDSCOMB - 2

4 runs at 4

Thrown in the deep end in World Cup semi-final and didn't swim. Looked every bit the player who hadn't featured in international cricket for three months.


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