How England rated against India
England's 4-0 thrashing of India was a true team triumph, with just about everyone chipping in along the way.
The batsmen scored their “daddy” hundreds, the bowlers took 20 wickets over and over again, and Graeme Swann even got to unveil his new celebration after a match-winning performance on the final day at The Oval.
But inevitably, there were those whose stars shone brighter than others, and one or two who have a little work to put in before the winter tours.
Here are my player ratings. Have a read, then jump in with some of your own.
England"s team, including captain Andrew Strauss, celebrate winning the test series against India 4-0 at the Oval cricket ground. PHOTO: GETTY Andrew Strauss (captain) - 6
England"s team, including captain Andrew Strauss, celebrate winning the test series against India 4-0 at the Oval cricket ground. PHOTO: GETTY
Andrew Strauss (captain) - 6
On the face of it, 229 runs at 38 is not bad going but Strauss only went past 50 once, and even then his 87 at Edgbaston was totally eclipsed by Alastair Cook's 294. Plenty of starts, not enough substance, but Strauss gets an extra point for skippering England to the Test summit.
Alastair Cook - 7
"Chef's" offerings had been distinctly ordinary before the sumptuous feast he served up at Edgbaston. He batted for longer than any other England batsmen except Len Hutton during his 364, and set up England for a landslide victory. Despite producing very little in his other innings, the majesty of that knock lifts Cook above his skipper.
Jonathan Trott - 5
Opened up with 70 at Lord's but failed in his next three innings, the last of which can be discounted owing to the fact that he was effectively batting with one arm. Past record makes him a certainty for the Pakistan Tests in January.
Ian Bell - 9
What a series, what a year, what a player Bell has become. Two huge chance-less hundreds, the second a double, were both scored at his favoured number three position, but he will probably have to revert to five when Trott is fit again. A pleasure to watch – his cover drive and late cut are things of beauty - he misses out on a 10 due to self-confessed naivety in the Trent Bridge run-out saga.
Kevin Pietersen - 9
Will this go down as the series when KP finally rediscovered his mojo? After a pretty ordinary couple of years, he got to 100 the ugly way at Lord's before going through the gears to make 202 not out. Two 60s and a swashbuckling 175 at The Oval put him right up there with Bell.
Eoin Morgan - 6
A class act against spin, the Dubliner scored a useful 70 to help England take control at Trent Bridge and a century at Edgbaston. But he was dropped twice on the way to three figures in Birmingham and question marks still remain against quality seam bowling.
Ravi Bopara - 6
Came in on a hiding to nothing at Edgbaston and was promptly out for seven, but looked comfortable in scoring 44 untroubled runs at The Oval. Given precious little chance to prove he can perform the Paul Collingwood role with the ball.
Matt Prior - 8
A total of 271 runs at 68 only tells half the story of a fantastic series for England's stumper. He got England out of jail with a counter-attacking hundred at Lord's and helped Tim Bresnan see off a wilting India attack at Trent Bridge. His glovework was infinitely superior to his opposite number MS Dhoni, but he blotted his copybook slightly by failing to appeal for a stumping of Sachin Tendulkar and dropping the Little Master on 85.
Tim Bresnan - 9
The Yorkshireman has a Test record that now reads played 10, won 10. He produced a supreme all-round performance on day four at Trent Bridge, smashing 90 runs and taking 5-48 to help England romp home. He followed that up with another fifty and nine more wickets in the last two Tests.
Stuart Broad - 10
If he was the bowling equivalent of Clark Kent against Sri Lanka, Broad was flying through the south London skies in a red cape by the end of the series. After opening up with a golden duck and a wide at Lord's, he snaffled 25 wickets at 13 and scored 182 runs at 60. Trent Bridge, when he came to England's rescue with bat and ball in the first innings, will go down as one of the great all-round displays.
Graeme Swann - 7
Did very little on unhelpful pitches in the first three Tests, but was hardly needed as England's three seamers were tearing through India. Finally showed his match-winning qualities on the final day at The Oval to finish the series on a high.
James Anderson - 8
After a five-fer at Lord's, England's Mr Consistency was slightly overshadowed by Broad and Bresnan but still managed to rack up 21 wickets at just under 26. Always capable of pulling an unplayable delivery out of the hat, the ball that uprooted VVS Laxman's off stump at The Oval will give the India veteran nightmares.
Chris Tremlett - 6
Just the one Test for big Chris before he was sidelined by hamstring trouble. His height gives him the steepling bounce off a length that can trouble any batsman, but faces a battle to win his place back from Bresnan for the Pakistan Tests.