The Oval ratings
Andrew Strauss - 9 Two crucial fifties, Strauss' batting has blossomed with the extra responsibility of the captaincy. Marshalled his bowlers well and looked calm and flinty as the business end of the series approached.
Alastair Cook - 4 The Essex man has well and truly cemented his reputation as an inveterate nibbler: stick the ball outside his off-stump early in his innings, and it's likely Cook will go looking for it.
Ian Bell - 7 Scrapped well to top-score for England in their first innings, although perhaps should have converted his 72 into a first Ashes hundred. Fell cheaply in the second innings, questions remain over his temperament.
Paul Collingwood - 4 Collingwood is in seriously bad nick and, with Kevin Pietersen waiting in the wings, this could be his last Test for some time. Skipping Durham's county match last week probably not the wisest move. Did take a fine catch to dismiss Mitchell Johnson.
Jonathan Trott - 9 A miraculous debut from the Warwickshire man. Came in at sticky times in both innings, and looked rock-solid on both occasions. Could be England's answer at number three.
Matt Prior - 6 Bamboozled by another Mitchell Johnson slower ball in his first innings, run out for a few in his second. But looked sharp in stumping Marcus North - his work behind the stumps has improved immeasurably.
Andrew Flintoff - 7 Tight with the ball in Australia's first innings, as usual, but clearly not fit. Played a rancid shot to get out in England's first innings, played a classic little cameo in the second. Give him a couple of extra points for that run-out of Ponting.
Stuart Broad - 9 The new Flintoff? Maybe. Magnificent spell with the ball to shatter Australia on Friday and two more classy knocks. Deservedly the man of the match.
Graeme Swann - 9 They said The Oval would turn, it did and Swann made the most of it, snaffling eight wickets in the match. Irritating for the opposition with the bat, with a chirpy manner, Swann grew in stature as the series wore on.
James Anderson - 6 Wicketless in the match, The Oval wasn't really the pitch for the Lancashire paceman. Still, he plugged away and stayed focused, just a shame about that duck.
Steve Harmison - 6 Hardly used in Australia's first innings, but chipped in with late wickets as England went in for the kill. Whether he's done enough to extend his England career will be argued over long and hard.
Simon Katich - 7 Kept his head amid the carnage in Australia's first innings and also made 43 in their second. Not pretty to watch, but has moulded himself into a very obdurate player. Stunning bit of work at short-leg to get rid of Jonathan Trott on Friday.
Shane Watson - 6 Starts in both innings, but dismissed by a couple decent deliveries from Stuart Broad. As a bowler though, he looks to be shot to pieces.
Ricky Ponting - 5 Out to a poor shot in Australia's first innings and looked mighty nervous. Had looked immovable before falling to the eagle-eyed Andrew Flintoff in the second. The biggest blot, however, was not picking spinner Nathan Hauritz.
Mike Hussey - 9 Magnificent in a losing cause in Australia's second dig. As with Matthew Hayden at The Oval in 2005, was playing for his place, and 'Mr Cricket' came up trumps.
Michael Clarke - 4 Player of the series, but a double failure when it mattered most, although he was the victim of a couple of fine pieces of fielding.
Marcus North - 6 Given out by umpire Asad Rauf in the first innings when he had clearly hit the ball, the victim of a sharp piece of glovework from Matt Prior in the second. However, he did some hard yards with the ball.
Brad Haddin - 4 Cleaned up by a corker from Stuart Broad in the first innings, out playing a poor stroke when his side needed some graft in the second. Some scrappy work behind the timbers, too.
Mitchell Johnson - 5 The enigma of the Australian side. Started the series poorly, looked to be improving, then ended it with something of a whimper. Four wickets, but nowhere near nasty enough.
Peter Siddle - 7 Bowled fast in England's first innings and was rewarded with four wickets, but lacked the same penetration in the second. Showed good spirit with the bat on Friday to at least give his side hope.
Stuart Clark - 4 Few will be feeling as wretched as Clark after defeat at The Oval. Nothing in the pitch for him, and his skipper pretty much admitted he should have played spinner Nathan Hauritz instead after the match was lost.
Ben Hilfenhaus - 5 Bowled well enough in England's first dig, but went round the park on Saturday when Australia dearly needed some control.