England T20 World Cup PLAYER RATINGS: Jos Buttler proved he’s a superstar with the innings of the tournament so far, but Jonny Bairstow suffered an untimely loss of form
- England were knocked out of T20 World Cup in the semi-final by New Zealand
- Eoin Morgan’s side were favourites and started the tournament in fine form
- Injuries to Tymal Mills and Jason Roy proved crucial, with 13 players used in all
- Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth rates the players’ tournaments out of 10
England’s T20 World Cup is over after they fell to an agonising semi-final defeat by New Zealand when victory was in their grasp.
That defeat followed a loss against South Africa, but before that Eoin Morgan’s side were in scintillating form, cementing their status as pre-tournament favourites with crushing victories over West Indies, Banglades and Australia and a hard-fought win over Sri Lanka.
Sportsmail‘s Lawrence Booth is in the UAE for the T20 World Cup – and here he rates the performances of all 13 players to have featured for England.
9 – Jos Buttler
A superstar. His 67-ball hundred against Sri Lanka was the innings of the tournament (so far), and came only two days after he eviscerated Australia. Hit 13 sixes, eight more than his nearest team-mate (Roy), and kept wicket unfussily.
Jos Buttler celebrates his 67-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in the group stage
Moeen Ali (left) was another of England’s standout peformers with both bat and ball
8.5 – Moeen Ali
Looked reborn after his decision to quit Test cricket, and was made to feel like a vital cog from the start, bowling the first over in the demolition of West Indies, and eventually moving up the order. He was England’s tightest bowler, going at just 5.5 an over, and his half-century against New Zealand deserved better.
7.5 – Liam Livingstone
Didn’t get many chances with the bat, but did provide one of the World Cup’s champagne moments with three sixes in a row off South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada. His tricky spin bowling was a revelation – seven wickets at 14, and costing less than a run a ball – and ought to have guaranteed England a place in the final.
7.5 – Jason Roy
Repeatedly got England off to a flyer with Buttler, never more so than in the win over Australia. And his value grew in his absence. After he tore a calf muscle against South Africa, England lacked their usual top-order verve against New Zealand – a cruel blow for both the man and the team.
7 – Tymal Mills
When he limped out of the Sri Lanka match, Mills took England’s death-overs nous with him. Australia’s lower order did manage a few blows, but figures of two for 17 against West Indies and three for 27 against Bangladesh proved his worth. England missed him badly in the semi-finals.
Tymal Mills’ (right) injury against Sri Lanka proved crucial, with England losing their next two
7 – Adil Rashid
England’s leading wicket-taker with nine, though four came in the first game – for two runs – against the hapless West Indians. Embodied his team’s tournament: superb against Sri Lanka and Australia, less so against South Africa and New Zealand.
7 – Chris Woakes
A late addition to England’s plans, Woakes was almost always superb in the powerplay, if easier to hit later on: his performance against New Zealand summed up the dichotomy. Another few inches on his last-over hoick off Rabada, and England might have beaten South Africa.
6.5 – Eoin Morgan
Generally got his tactics spot on, despite hindsight-heavy calls for an extra bowler in the semi-final. Used all his nous to grind out 40 in tough conditions against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, but otherwise not quite the batting force he once was.
6 – Sam Billings
Didn’t bat in his only appearance, in the semi-final, but was part of a memorable relay catch on the boundary with Roy to dismiss Wanindu Hasaranga at a crucial stage of Sri Lanka’s chase in Sharjah.
6 – Chris Jordan
Fell away after combined figures of 8-0-41-5 against Australia and Sri Lanka, managing 7-0-67-0 against South Africa and New Zealand. Alas for Jordan, his tournament will be remembered for Jimmy Neesham’s Abu Dhabi onslaught. Will be 34 when the next T20 World Cup comes around.
Chris Jordan bowled the over which swung the semi-final away from England
6 – Dawid Malan
Entered the World Cup as T20’s top-ranked batsman, but couldn’t quite live up to the billing, striking at just 119 per 100 balls and coming to life only in the semi-final. Assuming England stick with him, the pitches at next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia should be more to his liking.
5 – Mark Wood
Came in for two games after Mills’s injury, and couldn’t make his presence felt. Pace and bounce were not enough, and eight wicketless overs cost 81. Also bowled England’s only no-ball of the World Cup, against New Zealand.
4 – Jonny Bairstow
An untimely loss of form for a player who has so often been a white-ball banker. Failed to pass 16, had a strike-rate of 111, and struggled to make an impression when he replaced Roy as opener against New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow walks off after being dismissed in the semi-final defeat by New Zealand