This composite Ashes team reflects the reliance England had on certain players, but the individual marks given to this combined team shows why England hold the urn; their best players outperformed Australia’s best players.
His 161 at Lord’s was the highest score of the series, which typified his ability to score runs at crucial times. Captaincy gradually improved.
Faded after starting well at Cardiff – he passed fifty only once more in seven knocks.
Authoritative batting at Cardiff and Headingley was mixed with some loose strokeplay elsewhere.
Australia’s best batsman. If his two tons came in first innings rather than rearguard actions, his team might have won the series.
Wore England down in the first, third and fourth Tests, but paid the price for over-ambition in other innings.
The best keeper on show. His perky batting helped set up the Lord’s win, but England need more than eye-catching cameos from their number six.
Produced one of England’s four five wicket hauls (Australia had just two) in a memorable spell at Lord’s.
His stunning burst on the second day was the epitome of a big-match performance and made his disappointing previous efforts irrelevant.
The best spinner, if partly by default, benefitting from faith being shown in him, unlike Nathan Hauritz. Batting efforts a handy bonus.
Cashed-in on brainless England batting at Leeds, but otherwise lacked consistency. Needs brain to go with the brawn.
His elevation to leader of the attack said much about his colleagues’ early trouble. Consistent and accurate, he didn’t quite manage to deliver a killer spell.England total: 38