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England player ratings from the Test series defeat to India

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As good as India were, just how bad were England? Here are my player ratings after Alastair Cook's side went 4-0 down on the subcontinent.

Alastair Cook 5/10 - 369 runs @ 36.90

It hasn't been his easiest tour, that's for certain, with aspects of his captaincy coming under the microscope - some of his bowling changes and field placements, in particular. He batted well early on in the tour but as it progressed, Ravindra Jadeja increasingly had his measure.

Keaton Jennings 7/10 - 167 runs @ 41.75, 0 wickets

Opened the batting in Mumbai having flown straight in from the Lions and after a let-off on nought went on to make a hundred in his first innings so there's clearly something about the guy. He has inherited his father's desire for hard work and, apart from being a little loose outside off-stump against the seamers, very much looked the part. You'd think he and Hameed would fill two of England's top three spots in the coming Tests.

Joe Root 7/10 - 491 runs @ 49.10, two wickets @ 28.50

Even though he registered just the one hundred, Root's batting continues to impress and he'll be as frustrated as anyone that he can't convert more 50s and 70s into three-figure scores. He should bowl a little bit more.

Moeen Ali 6/10 - 381 runs @ 42.33, 10 wickets @ 64.90

As impressive with the bat as he is frustrating, Moeen seems happy to bat anywhere in the order; by his own choice he'd like to be number five but I think his future is probably lower down the order than that despite his fine 146. He did everything asked of him with the bat. Unfortunately his bowling is not Test match class; he struggles on manfully but lacks penetration and accuracy.

Jonny Bairstow 7/10 - 352 runs @ 44.00, 11 catches & two stumpings

He made some mistakes with the gloves after long days in the field - a couple of missed stumpings and a catch spring to mind - but he's extremely fit and is prepared to run after the ball to the boundary. He had to deal with some awful throws in from the outfield towards the end of the tour but what an incredible year with the bat; he's been as consistent as ever but he'd like to get more three-figure scores.

Ben Stokes 7/10 - 345 runs @ 38.33, eight wickets @ 44.62

He was amazingly under-bowled by Cook in the series because he's the sort of player who can make things happen with the ball - it wasn't his fault that he didn't bowl more overs. I can only think Cook was looking after him as he was an ever-present in the side across the seven winter Tests. He did well at times with the bat in very testing conditions for him and showed that he can adapt his game to subcontinental conditions.

Jos Buttler 6/10 - 154 runs @ 38.50

He had very limited opportunity and, batting down the order, was sometimes stranded with the tail. That said, he did look better against spin than he did taking on the likes of Nathan Lyon in previous series. I think the side might be better balanced if he kept wicket and batted at seven, allowing Bairstow to go higher up the order.

Liam Dawson 6/10 - 66 runs @ 66.00, two wickets @64.50

He had a pretty satisfactory Test match debut with runs down the order on a very flat pitch; he was also able to give Cook some control with the ball. But, like Rashid, how is he going to get a place in the Test match line-up back at home? Not as a frontline spinner, I suspect. But a good start.

Adil Rashid 6/10 - 23 wickets @ 37.43, 113 runs @ 14.12

He proved a prolific wicket-taker for England but was too expensive at times. Cook showed greater faith in him this tour, and rightly so, and he remains a capable performer down the order with the bat. But when England are back at full strength in home conditions, I can't see him getting a gig.

Stuart Broad 6/10 - eight wickets @ 31.00, 44 runs @ 11.00

It was ridiculous to rest or rotate him for that second Bangladesh Test because he's always capable of producing a spell of bowling in any conditions to influence a match. Then, inevitably, having been rested he picked up an injury which deprived him of a couple of appearances. It would have been nice to have seen him in combination with Anderson but it didn't happen on this tour. His batting looked a little bit better and more responsible.

Jake Ball 5/10 - one wicket @ 140.00, 45 runs @ 11.25

He toiled manfully and kept going well in adverse conditions; a couple of catches went down off his bowling, which would have made a difference to his performance. He also scored some useful runs down the order. It was a valuable effort but it's difficult seeing him taking a place in an England XI back home.

Haseeb Hameed 7/10 - 219 runs @ 43.80

He looked the real deal at the top of the order until he got his finger cracked. He should definitely have started the winter opening the batting with Cook in Bangladesh. I expect him to do so in the future, with Jennings at number three. He's a real find.

Ben Duckett 3/10 - 18 runs @ 6.00

He'll make his name in one-day cricket rather than five-day cricket. His struggles and technique against the spinning ball underline the chasm between the second and first division in first-class cricket.

Chris Woakes 4/10 - three wickets @ 81.33, 70 runs @ 14.00

After a phenomenal summer, he looked more like a straight up-and-down medium pacer in the conditions when the ball didn't swing or seam. He did keep things tight at times and didn't always have the best of luck. His batting regressed against top-class spin bowling.

Zafar Ansari 3/10 - three wickets @ 54.33, 36 runs @ 12.00

His impact was hindered by a back injury and as a result he didn't look remotely near Test-match class with the ball. He's going to have to do a lot of work back at Surrey to impress the selectors for any sort of recall. He disappointed with the bat too; I thought he was a much better player than he looked.

Gareth Batty 3/10 - 0 wickets, one run @ 0.50

It was a crazy to select him at the age of 38. Even now, I can't erase the memory of Brian Lara smacking him back over his head all those years ago in Antigua. He doesn't seem to have improved at Test level. He was meant to be the mentor and guru for the younger spinners but it didn't work out.

James Anderson 5/10 - four wickets @ 53.50, 20 runs @ 5.00

He's still a class act but when the ball doesn't swing conventionally or reverse and the pitches don't seam he finds it a struggle, as does any seamer who lacks express pace. Unfortunately injury meant he couldn't play a full role and he'll be delighted to get back on greener pastures.

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