How England rated in India: Stephen Brenkley's tour squad verdict

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Alastair Cook: 10/10

After his 776-run Ashes series in 2010-11, Cook said he could never hope to match it. He just did. As embryonic captain and remarkable batsman, he was outstanding. This is his team now. Matches 4. Innings 8. Runs (ave.) 562 (80.28).

HS 190. 100s 3. 50s 0.

Nick Compton: 6/10

Difficult to see him playing more than, say, 20 Tests. But his contributions, built on hard work and determination, were invaluable. Worked out sooner than most that flair may not be essential. Matches 4.

Innings 8. Runs (ave.) 208 (34.66). HS 57. 100s 0. 50s 1.

Jonathan Trott: 7

Two ducks early on and it was possible to fear the worst. But Trott recovered and found the slow pace and pitches to his liking. Tough competitor who has plenty left to offer. Matches 4. Innings 7. Runs (ave.) 294 (42.00). HS 143. 100s 1. 50s 1.

Kevin Pietersen: 8

His spectacular innings in Mumbai was alone worth the entrance money. Seems fully (if mysteriously) integrated after the kerfuffle of late summer. The beauty of Pietersen, of course, is that you can never be sure what will happen next. Matches 4. Innings 7. Runs (ave.) 338 (48.28). HS 186. 100s 1. 50s 2.

Ian Bell: 6

England's most attractive batsman should be their most accomplished. Careless in at least three innings but in Kolkata made a key intervention in the field and also finished off the match. His innings yesterday, thankfully, secured his immediate future.

Matches 3. Innings 6. Runs (ave.) 172 (43.00). HS 116 (no). 100s 1. 50s 0.

Samit Patel: 5

Dropped for the last match without ever doing much wrong. Unfortunately, he did not do enough right either. His chance may now have come and gone. Matches 3. Innings 4. Runs (ave.) 69 (17.25). HS 33. 100s 0. 50s 0.

Matt Prior: 9

The best at his job in the world, one of the best there has ever been. Team man personified, his batting in this series throughout was crucial. Keeping not quite as seamless but it is difficult on alien Indian pitches. Admirable. Matches 4. Innings 5. Runs (ave.) 258 (51.60). HS 91. 100s 0. 50s 2.

Catches taken 6. Stumps made 1.

Stuart Broad: 2

Unfit, out of form, both of which are not ideal attributes for a vice-captain. It was a big decision to drop him after two wicketless matches and he has work to do to rebuild strength, stamina and bridges. Should be back. Matches 2. Overs 36.0. Wickets (ave.) 0 (n/a).

Runs conceded 157.

Graeme Swann: 9

He did what spinners are supposed to do in India. Stepped up to the mark in every way, working out pitches and batsmen. Clever, cunning and did his job well as batsman too. Twenty wickets made him England's leading wicket-taker. Matches 4. Overs 185.5.

Wickets (ave.) 20 (24.75).

Best bowling (match) 8-113.

Jimmy Anderson: 9

Exemplary as swing bowler in grossly unhelpful conditions. His mastery of his art was a joy to behold and 12 wickets did not begin to tell the story of his worth to England. Matches 4. Overs 126.4.

Wickets (ave.) 12 (30.25).

Best bowling (match) 6-127.

Monty Panesar: 7

Wrongly left out of the first Test when England simply read everything wrong, he had an immediate impact when picked for the second. Perhaps still not quite the bowler he could have been. Matches 3. Overs 183.0. Wickets (ave.) 17 (26.82).

Best bowling (match) 11-210.

Tim Bresnan: 4

The snap and sparkle were lacking in his two matches. It was tough going and he found it tough with 45 wicketless overs in the series. A solid cricketer who may find others overtaking him. Matches 2.

Overs 45.0. Wickets (ave.) 0 (n/a).

Runs conceded 142.

Steve Finn: 7

Played only one Test but how England wanted and needed him. His pace added something they did not have. He needs his body to be slightly more cooperative than it has been of late but England will carry him everywhere for the next seven years or so.

Matches 1. Overs 39.0. Wickets (ave.) 4 (29.50). Best bowling (match) 4-118.

Joe Root: 7

Important not to burden him with too much expectation after an innings of 73 on a flat pitch but he looked the part, the inheritor of Yorkshire's great opening legacy. An inspired choice. Matches 1. Innings 2.

Runs (ave.) 93 (93.00).

HS 73. 100s 0. 50s 1.

Jonny Bairstow: 5

Only had one innings and, although he was given out when he should not have been, the shot that led to it was poor. But he has flair and style, and will be a part of England's middle order soon. Matches 1.

Innings 1. Runs (ave.) 9 (9.00).

HS 9. 100s 0. 50s 0.

Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Life and Style
A small bag of the drug Ecstasy
Health
Life and Style
Floral-print swim shorts, £26, by Topman, topman.com; sunglasses, £215, by Paul Smith, mpaulsmith.co.uk
FashionBag yourself the perfect pair
News
news
News
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul fails to make a save from Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
newsGoalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmReview: A week late, Secret Cinema arrives as interactive screening goes Back to the Future
Extras
indybest
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup