Ashes 2019 England series ratings: Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer impress, Jason Roy and Moeen Ali fail
England ended a memorable summer by securing a 2-2 draw in the Ashes with a convincing victory over Australia in the fifth Test.
Setting Australia 399 to win the match and the series outright, Australia were bowled out for 263 on a beautifully sunny fourth day at The Oval.
As the Ashes holders, Australia retained the urn but were unable to become the first touring side to win the series in England since 2001.
England’s victory in south London meant the Ashes ended in a draw for the first time since 1972 and just the second time in history.
The hosts may have dreamt of winning back the Ashes but a 2-2 draw, on the back of a stunning World Cup triumph, is no mean feat.
Rory Burns (390 runs @ 39) – 4/5
Averaged almost 40 with one century and two fifties. The one opener from either side that will look back fondly at this series. Can open the batting for England for years to come.
Jason Roy (110 runs @ 13.75) – 1/5
Failed to show he has the technique required to open the batting in Test cricket. Looked more comfortable at No. 4 but still only top-scored with 35 before being dropped for the fifth Test.
Joe Root (325 runs @ 32.50) – 3/5
Made four fifties – one less than he managed in the last Ashes – but has now gone ten Tests against Australia without scoring a hundred. England needed more from their best batsman. His captaincy remains a contentious topic but a drawn series against a Steve Smith-inspired Australia – following on from a World Cup triumph – is not a disaster.
Joe Denly (312 runs @ 31.20) – 3/5
Initially found things difficult against one of the best pace attacks to have visited England in the last decade, but made three fifties in the last three Tests to stake a claim for the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa. Fell agonisingly short of an Ashes century when he scored 94 to lay the foundations for England’s win at The Oval.
Ben Stokes (441 runs @ 55, 8 wickets @ 45) – 5/5
England’s best player for most of the series, finishing with two centuries, two fifties, over 400 runs and eight wickets. His match-winning and Ashes-saving century at Headingley will go down as one of the great Test innings.
Jonny Bairstow (214 runs @ 23.77, 20 catches) – 2/5
Has developed into a gun one-day batsman but at what cost? Averages less than 20 in Test cricket since the start of 2018 and posted just one fifty this summer. Something needs to change. His glove work was, by and large, solid.
Jos Buttler (247 runs @ 24.70) – 2/5
Appearing to be struggling from a World Cup hangover – like a number of his teammates – he failed to pass 31 in the first three matches before scoring 192 runs in his last four innings. Overall still an underwhelming series but he began to show his worth to England’s Test team and quieten the critics.
Chris Woakes (10 wickets @ 33.10, 120 runs @ 20) – 1/5
Failed to meet his high standards in the first three matches and found himself dropped for the Old Trafford Test. Returned to the side at The Oval but again looked a touch out of rhythm, perhaps a consequence of a long and gruelling summer.
Jofra Archer (22 wickets @ 20.27) – 5/5
Only made his Test debut in the second match at Lord’s but still finished the series as the third leading wicket-taker. Produced a number of eye-catching spells, showing an impressive range of skills as well as searing pace that will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career.
Stuart Broad (23 wickets @ 26.65) – 4/5
Absolutely dominated Australia’s left-handers – and in particular David Warner, who he dismissed seven times – and more than stepped up after his long-term opening partner James Anderson succumbed to injury. An impressive series that puts paid to the theory that retirement is imminent.
Jack Leach (12 wickets @ 25.83) – 2/5
Secured cult hero status after scoring 1* off 17 balls in England’s stunning victory in Leeds. But he is in the team to take wickets and he has not quite managed to cement his place in the side despite taking four wickets on the final day of the series.
Moeen Ali (3 wickets @ 57.33, 4 runs @ 2.00) – 1/5
Dropped after one Test. Looked horribly out of sorts with bat and ball and now faces a battle to regain his place in the team.
Craig Overton (2 wickets @ 53.50) – 2/5
Did not let anyone down after his surprise selection for the fourth Test. Bowled well enough and showed admirable grit and skill with the bat as he attempted – unsuccessfully – to salvage a draw.
James Anderson (0 wickets @ N/A) – 1/5
Only bowled three overs on the first morning of the opening Test before being ruled out of the match – and the series – with a calf problem. It was a major blow to England and a substantial boost to Australia.
Sam Curran (3 wickets @ 22.66) – 4/5
Took three wickets on Ashes debut in the series finale. It was his spell on day two of the match that swung the momentum decisively in England’s favour. Michael Vaughan believes England ‘missed a trick’ by not selecting him earlier in the series and the former skipper may have a point.