England 2-1 India - England player ratings for the series

Jimmy Anderson

England sealed a superb series victory with a composed batting display to draw the fourth test in Nagpur. Many individuals have impressed in the course the series, and the team look in good shape for a mouth-watering 2013 that contains two Ashes series.

Here are the individual player ratings for the series.

Alastair Cook (c): 10

There a few superlatives that have not already been used with regards to Cook, who started off his captaincy in the best possible manner with this victory in India. As a batsman he was awe-inspiring, hitting three centuries and finishing over 100 runs clear at the top of the batsman rankings. Cook also became England's all-time leading century maker, and could well have scored more if not given out incorrectly twice in the final match in Nagpur. As a captain Cook also performed well, aided by some excellent bowling, and he even produced a magical bit of fielding to remove his opposite number on 99. Simply a perfect display from England's new captain.

Nick Compton: 7

A high score of 57 and an average of 34.66 might suggest Compton had failed to impress on his debut tour, but he looked like an excellent partner for Cook at the top of the order, and only Cook, Trott and Pujara faced more balls than his 613 in the series. Compton clearly has stickability, and you’d expect he will be England's second opener for 2013 on the back of this series.

Jonathan Trott: 8

A series sealing performance at Nagpur turned around what had been a relatively poor series for Trott. His temperament was ideally suited to the slow pitch, and he capitalised fully with a wonderful 143 in the second innings. Trott will have been annoyed with his poor performances in the first three matches, but he came through when it really mattered for his side, something he has done on several occasions for England.

Kevin Pietersen: 9

 

The decision to integrate Pietersen back into the side paid off hugely for England, with the flamboyant batsman scoring one of the best centuries of his career to turn the series around in Mumbai. Pietersen also made important runs in the final test, and, other than Cook, was England's outstanding batsman. Hopefully he will continue this form, and the problems off the pitch can be left behind.

Ian Bell: 7

A superb century in Nagpur was Bell's only high point of the series, having looked out of form as he flew in and out of the country to be present at the birth of his child. That last day performance will hopefully give his confidence a welcome fillip as he heads in to a 2013 where he will be vital to the side.

Samit Patel: 5

Patel had some bad luck with poor decisions early in the series, but had a couple of opportunities to really make his mark at number 6, and failed to take them. He was surprisingly dropped for the final game, and with Joe Root impressing, he may struggle to reclaim his place.

Jonny Bairstow: 5

With only one innings of 9 to his name, Bairstow didn't really have a chance to affect the series. Hopefully he will have learned a little more about the laws of cricket though, as he should have stood his ground when he was caught after the ball had stuck in the fielder's helmet.

Joe Root: 7

A fantastic debut 73 marked Root as a man with a bright future on the international stage. Having played most of his career as an opener, Root reacted magnificently coming it a number six to face India's spin battalion, with his knock ensuring England posted a decent first innings score in the final test.

Matthew Prior: 9

Prior is now unequivocally the best wicket-keeper batsman in world cricket, and it's fair to say that England's win would not have been possible without him in the side. Prior averaged over 50, and was vital to England recovering some early innings collapses throughout the series. A couple of blunders with the gloves were the only blemishes in a magnificent effort.

Tim Bresnan: 5

Bresnan struggled in the two matches he played, failing to pick up a wicket and scoring only 39 runs. Wholehearted as ever, Bresnan will look to have better luck on friendlier pitches next year.

Stuart Broad: 5

 

Like Bresnan, Broad failed to make an impact in the matches he played, and ended up wicketless for the series. Broad may have been carrying an injury, and his pace was well down. Hopefully we'll see a different player when he returns to the side.

Graeme Swann: 9

The pick of the spinners throughout the series, Swann comprehensively out bowled his Indian counterparts to finish with 20 wickets at 24.75. He also chipped in useful runs with the bat, though may want to put away that reverse sweep.

Jimmy Anderson: 9

Anderson was perhaps the difference between the two sides bowling attacks, finishing with as many wickets as all of India's pace bowlers combined. Anderson was fast, hostile, and demonstrated why he is the best swing bowler in the world as he utilised reverse swing in a manner that even Zaheer Khan couldn't get close to.

Monty Panesar: 8

Panesar clearly should have been played in the first test, and his impact on the rest of the series was central to England's victory. A quiet match in Nagpur didn't stop him taking 17 wickets at 26.82 and England now have a dilemma over whether they play him alongside Swann in other parts of the world.

Steven Finn: 7

England would have liked to use Finn much more throughout the series, with injuries keeping him out of the side for all but the match in Calcutta. He was excellent in that game, and should now be considered the first choice partner for Anderson in England's attack.

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