Aaron Finch returns, Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, wickets, runs

Australia walks away with the T20 series trophy over Sri Lanka but the hosts claimed a morale-boosting win in the final match ahead of Tuesday’s first ODI.

It’s a sour note to end the series on for Australia, but there were many strong performances across the board, including from Aaron Finch, that will have coach Andrew McDonald pleased.

Here’s how every Australian fared in the T20 series.

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AARON FINCH – 8

114 runs at 57.00, strike rate 156.16, HS 61 *

A welcome return to form for the under-siege Australian white ball captain, who passed 20 in all three of his innings having started it with a strong 61 not out. We are still a long way off from saying that Finch is back to his normal self of him, but this was a major step in the right direction.

DAVID WARNER – 8.5

130 runs at 65.00, strike rate 149.42, HS 70 *

Australia’s topscorer and best batter for the series. Warner was also a consistent performer alongside Finch with scores of 70 *, 21 and 39 carrying on from his good form in the IPL. This is the kind of display we’ve come to expect from Warner, but it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

MITCH MARSH – 2.5

11 runs at 11.00, strike rate 157.14, HS 11

No wickets, economy 9.33

A quiet series for the Australian No. 3 who didn’t play in the final T20 due to a calf strain. He only came to the crease once during the series, and bowled just the three overs as he was unable to make an impact on the series. As such, he scores poorly, but it’s worth noting the sheer lack of opportunity.

STEVE SMITH – 6

42 runs at 42.00, strike rate 135.48, HS 37 *

It was a mixed bag for Smith’s two innings in this series. The first was disappointing as he lasted just four balls and contributed to a big middle-order collapse. His second di lui, coming in the final match, was more like it. Smith scored an unbeaten 37 off 27 balls late in the innings, although it likely wasn’t sizzling enough to silence doubt about his role of him in T20 cricket. His brilliant fielding di lui shouldn’t be overlooked, though, especially after a sharp run-out in the first match.

GLENN MAXWELL – 6

35 runs at 17.50, strike rate 125.00, HS 19

Two wickets at 31.00, economy 7.75, BBI 2-18

With the bat, Maxwell provided some stability after a collapse in the second T20, and some quickfire runs in the middle overs during the third. He didn’t kick on either time, however, in what was ultimately a quiet series with the bat. With the ball, Maxwell was strong for the Aussies, keeping things tidy across the three matches while taking two wickets.

MARCUS STOINIS – 6

47 runs at 23.50, strike rate 156.66, HS 38

Two wickets at 4.00, economy 4.00, BBI 2-8

Marcus Stoinis had little chance to do much throughout the first two matches, then exploded in the last. Having flopped with the bat in game two, he blasted 38 runs off 23 balls in game three. Without Marsh in the side, he bowled for the first time in the series and took 2-8 from his two overs. He’d score very highly for the third T20 alone, but for the entire series, it was relatively quiet for Stoinis.

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MATTHEW WADE – 8

39 runs unbeaten, strike rate 114.70, HS 26 *

Wade wasn’t dismissed in either of his two innings against Sri Lanka. His first knock di lui in the second T20 was a picture of composure as he steadied the tourists amid a seven-wicket collapse and delivered the win. Wade then scored an unbeaten 13 off eight balls in the third T20 and would likely have liked to have faced more balls in the final over. He wore the gloves throughout the series and was tidy.

JOSH INGLIS – N / A

No runs at 0.00, strike rate 0.00, HS 0

Came in for Marsh for the final match and was run-out for a golden duck. Brutal. Feels unnecessarily harsh to give him a series rating, so we won’t.

ASHTON AGAR – 6

No runs at 0.00, strike rate 0.00, HS 0

One wicket at 75.00, economy 6.25, BBI 1-23

Inglis wasn’t the only golden duck in the series. Agar, too, was dismissed first ball in his first and only chance with the bat this series. It was a poor dismissal at a time that Australia was reeling. As such, he’s penalized in the ratings accordingly. Ending with a positive, Agar’s work with the ball was excellent. He was hit for just 6.25 runs an over, which is no easy feat for a spinner. This included 1-23 from four overs in the final T20 when some of the Aussies were tapped around.

JHYE RICHARDSON – 7

Four wickets at 18.00, economy 9.00, BBI 3-26

Replaced Starc for the final two matches and had mixed results. Richardson was brilliant in the second T20 when he took stunning figures of 3-26 to restrict Sri Lanka to a small total. He was expensive in the final match, however, going for 11.50 runs an over. That included leaking 18 runs from the 19th over in the Australian loss.

KANE RICHARDSON – 7

Five wickets at 19.20, economy 9.29, BBI 4-30

The same can be said for Kane Richardson who took 4-30 in the second match but ended the series on a sour note. In the second T20, Richardson took three wickets in the final over. Naturally, he was tossed the ball to defend 19 runs off the final over in the third T20. He then bowled three wides, including on the last ball to give Sri Lanka the winning runs.

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JOSH HAZLEWOOD – 9

Six wickets at 9.50, economy 4.75, BBI 4-16

Hazlewood was on fire for just about the entire series. His 4-16 di lui in the first T20 was arguably the spell of the entire series for either side, while he was also hit for just 16 runs in the second T20, too. The third T20 was following the same script – Hazlewood had incredible figures of 1-3 after his first three overs on the night. Unbelievably, Dasun Shanaka clobbered his final over for 22 runs to completely change the game. A strong series for Hazlewood, nonetheless, although it was so close to being virtually perfect.

MITCHELL STARC – 6

Three wickets at 8.66 economy 6.50, BBI 3-26

Starc played just the one match after bizarrely slicing his index finger on his bowling spikes. He was strong in his one appearance though, especially if you consider three of his overs di lui came post-injury. He can’t score much higher than he has for the series having played just once.

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