England player ratings

  • Last Updated: August 25 2013, 21:12 BST

We rate England's players after the 2013 Ashes series.

Ian Bell: Star man in England's Ashes victory
Ian Bell: Star man in England's Ashes victory

ALASTAIR COOK: A decidedly lean time with the bat for England's captain, with a top score of 62 in 10 innings, and a world away from his 766 runs Down Under in 2010/11. But an Ashes-winning captain with a 3-0 success to his name will not beat himself up too much. 5/10.

JOE ROOT: Had Brad Haddin opted to put a glove on an early chance at Lord's, Root would have endured a terrible first series as an international opener. But good players take their good luck and Root made 180. A couple of decent spells and three wickets as a fill-in spinner were positive too. 6.

JONATHAN TROTT: The most disappointing return of a mis-firing top three, Trott averaged just 26 with one fifty. At times scored fluently early on before getting out in strange ways. 5.

KEVIN PIETERSEN: Just one century from England's brooding big dog, a gritty knock achieved after an early collapse at Old Trafford, but he may be best remembered for his fearless innings on the final day of the series. 7.

IAN BELL: A joyous showing from England's most aesthetically pleasing batsman. Three Test centuries, compiled with grace and composure, each of them in a winning cause. Deservedly man of the series. 9.

JONNY BAIRSTOW: Talented but currently not fully at ease as a frontline Test batsman. Dropped for the final match with 203 runs in seven innings. 5.

MATT PRIOR: A troubled series at the crease, where he never looked like the Mr Reliable he has rightly been viewed as. Earned praise for his reading of DRS but not a world-class wicketkeeping display either. 4.

STUART BROAD: A fine series that did not always deliver its just rewards. But as is his way Broad took one match - the fourth Test - by the scruff of the neck to blow Australia away with 11 wickets. Scored valuable runs too. 8.

GRAEME SWANN: As predicted, Swann proved a relentless bogeyman to the touring left-handers and snared 26 wickets over the course of the series. Never lets England down despite high expectations. 8.

JAMES ANDERSON: Delivered one of his most complete performances in the series opener at Trent Bridge and single-handedly finished the job on the final day. Had a couple of quiet Tests thereafter but 22 wickets is an impressive return. 8.

TIM BRESNAN: Not picked for the first match and injured for the last, in between the Yorkshireman once again proved his value as a dependable bowler and handy run-getter. Much missed at The Oval. 7.

STEVEN FINN: Rarely has a player's stock plummeted so swiftly. Was desperately close to a hat-trick in his first spell of the series but lost his way rapidly in that match and was not required for the rest of the series. 4.

CHRIS WOAKES: Drafted in against expectations with the series won and did not quite prove why. Busy with the bat but unthreatening with the ball, he may need to improve to nail down a place. 4.

SIMON KERRIGAN: A chastening, borderline upsetting, debut from a talented bowler who faces a long road back. Completely froze on the biggest stage. Although poor, figures of eight overs for 53 do not even express the full horror of his day's work. 1.


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