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England vs India: England’s final report card and ratings

A look at how each England player fared in the just concluded series against India



There were many moments of celebration for the Three Lions. Source: ecb.co.uk

After a mid series scare, England bounced back to win the fourth test, before sealing the series at the Oval for a 4-1 series win. We take a look at the English team, for their end of series report card:


Alastair Cook


His struggles over the last 18 months continued this series, and was unable to counter Ishant Sharma coming around the wicket and moving the ball away when the series was on. After Ashwin bowled him a couple of times early in the series, found himself edging into the cordon a lot. Calling stumps on his career looks to be good timing, because the consistency has not been there for some time, and was no longer the reliable opener England once had Did have one of crickets all time great farewells, maybe the greatest, with runs in both innings, catches and a test match win. Been a wonderful servant for his country and will hold the record for Englands leading test run scorer for many years to come, though Joe Root is a chance to chase him down in time. Rating : 4


Keaton Jennings


Just looks out of his depth at this level. Even when the pressure was off somewhat at the Oval struggled on a flat wicket. James Vince, who was overlooked in this series, looks to be a better option at the top of the order. Highlight was a fighting 36 at Southhampton. Didn't make a fifty and unlikely to be seen at this level again. Rating : 2


Moeen Ali


Only played the two tests but his contribution, especially in the 4th test, was significant. The 81 run partnership in the 1st innings at Southhampton with Sam Curran, with England in deep trouble at 6-86, was crucial in posting a competitive score. He then took 5 first innings wickets before being pivotal in the 2nd innings there taking a further 4 wickets, including the big wickets of Kohli and Rahane. Backed it up with a 50 at the Oval and a couple more wickets. Then went on to endear himself to everyone in the cricket world by saying how much he dislikes Australia, which seems to be common ground for everyone not from the land down under. Rating : 8


Joe Root


Like a salad sandwich on home-made pita bread. Nice on the outside but no meat in the middle. Started the series with an 80 and ended it with a 125, but in between that was a lot of low scores, often under 20. Could go down as test crickets greatest ever tosser after winning 4 out of 5 tosses in Australia, 1 out of 2 against Pakistan and 5 out of 5 against India. Handy stats to know if ever in Las Vegas. Rating : 5


Jonny Bairstow


Started the series in great style making important runs in the first two tests, but fell away faster than Serena Williams' patience in the US Open final. Made 3 ducks in the final 3 tests and settled for an average in the mid 20s. Keeping was good even after the fractured finger. Rating : 6


Ben Stokes


A wonderful spell of bowling in the first test deserved far better than the 2-73 return, but got the rewards in the second innings with 4 wickets and the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli, which would prove to be the most crucial wicket of the series. His 62 in a losing run chase showed important backbone for England. Instead of falling over and going meekly, he and Jos Butler showed some fight in a losing cause. Missed the second test due to being in court, which thankfully, you don't see every test series. Will never quite be the next Ian Botham but handy contributions throughout. Rating : 6


Jos Butler


Now completed one full cycle as a test cricketer, having debuted against India in the corresponding series 4 years ago. Despite excelling at the shorter formats of the sport. he may be finally coming to age as a test cricketer, with handy to significant contributions in the final 3 tests. Made his first test match century in the 3rd test, and fifties later on to be England's best recognized batsman. His first goal will be to cement his spot in this team, and then an effort to convert fifties to centuries will be his next aim. Rating : 7.5


Sam Curran


Made an impact taking key top order wickets in the first test, but his real contribution was his ability to get his team out of big trouble, twice, that had its greatest impact on the series. With England 7-87 in the first test, his 62 gave them a score to defend. His 78 in the 4th test, with his team 6-86 again turned the match. Without his contributions England would have been hard pressed to win both tests. One of the more bizarre droppings for the 3rd test, before returning for the last couple of tests. Does look more of a bowler suited to home conditions, so an eye on his development on flatter tracks and kookaburra balls will be needed. Rating : 8


Adil Rashid


More a traditional leg spinner where the odd loose ball is thrown in amongst the good ones. Did bowl Rahul with an absolute beauty that got plenty of deserved attention. 10 wickets at 30.90 was a handy contribution but some handy runs every now and then. Rating : 6.5


Stuart Broad


Went through the series a little under the radar. Just happened to 'pop in' every now and then with a wicket and then went back under the radar. His 16 wickets at 29 was handy enough. Will be interesting to see how long he and Anderson lead this attack, they seem to have some very good batteries in them. Rating : 7


Jimmy Anderson


His battle with Virat Kohli in the first test will go down as one of the great test match battles. After dismissing Kohli 4 times four years ago, he had lined him up perfectly in Birmingham. With Kohli trapped at one end, 42 of the 54 balls Kohli had faced were all from Anderson. He had bowled his last 25 balls to Kohli when he took the edge only for Malan to drop a sitter at 2nd slip. Although he would not dismiss the Indian captain in the series, he would still have a big impact throughout, taking the exact number of wickets required, 24, to go past Glenn McGrath as test crickets leading wicket taker for a paceman. The tears for his retiring mate Alastair Cook was a nice touch. Rating : 8


Dawid Malan


Dropped Kohli in the first test which got India going and then wasn't seen for the rest of the summer. Rating : 1


Chris Woakes


A man of the match performance with 4 wickets and 137* at Lords when replacing Ben Stokes. Dropped after the 3rd test for Sam Curran which was a good move by the selectors. Rating : 7


Ollie Pope


Not quite ready for test cricket, but will be seen again down the track. Rating : 4

India’s ratings to follow.

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