Phil Tufnell's England player ratings
“Spun, drawn and slaughtered”, “Debacle in the desert”, “Holiday from Hell”, “England can’t whitewash this dross”.
The Middle East venue may have been a novelty, but the headlines that greeted England’s 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan could have been plucked straight from the bad old days of the 1990s.
In just under three weeks, England’s cricketers have gone from being the toast of the nation to a laughing stock once again.
While their batsmen will look back on the three Tests as a nightmarish experience, the bowlers generally came out of the series with their heads held high.
Here, former England spinner and Test Match Special summariser Phil Tufnell rates each player’s performance, but do you agree with his marks?
Andrew Strauss (150 runs at 25.00) – 5.5/10
Tuffers says: “In terms of his captaincy he didn’t do a lot wrong. He decided to play two spinners, which England have been reluctant to do for some time and it proved to be the right call. Did manage a gutsy fifty in the last Test, but will be disappointed with his contribution with the bat."
Alastair Cook (159 runs at 26.50) – 5/10
“Having had such a great year, he’ll be disappointed not to have made his mark on the series. But he at least showed some stickability, and his 94 in Abu Dhabi put us in a position from which we should have won the Test match.”
Jonathan Trott (161 runs at 26.83) – 5/10
“One of main reasons England have been so prolific with the bat has been the dependability of Trott coming in at number three. But he never looked his assured self at the crease. He normally has such composure but it looked a struggle for him out there.”
Kevin Pietersen failed to sparkle during England's Test series defeat in Dubai. Photo: Getty
Kevin Pietersen (67 runs at 11.16) – 3/10
"A horrific tour for England’s gun batsman. For your star player to come back with an average of 11 is just horrendous. He never got into the series and always looked fragile against the spinners.”
Ian Bell (51 runs at 8.50) – 2/10
“A shocking display; he simply got doosra’d out of the game. If you don’t know which way the ball is turning you are starting from rocky foundations and Bell was a pale imitation of his former self.”
Eoin Morgan (82 runs at 13.66) – 3/10
"He was the one fellow I thought might do well against the spinners because he looks to dominate, but he was just caught on the back foot and became timid and shotless. Showed signs of his capacity to be counter-puncher on the last day of the series but it was too little, too late."
Matt Prior (150 runs at 37.50) – 7/10
"He kept very tidily and batted well at times despite coming in to some dire positions after all the big guns had failed. Always tried to play some shots and had a couple of very useful knocks."
Stuart Broad (105 runs at 21.00, 13 wickets at 20.46) – 8/10
“My man of the series for England. On wickets that shouldn’t help him, he was a massive force with the ball and always seemed likely to take a wicket. Showed his all-round ability too with an aggressive fifty in Abu Dhabi.”
Graeme Swann (105 runs at 17.50, 13 wickets at 25.07) – 6/10
“I think he’ll be slightly disappointed. He got a decent number of wickets but after going over there as the number one spin bowler in the world, he would have liked to have had more of an impact when it mattered in low-scoring games.”
James Anderson (54 runs at 10.80, 9 wickets at 27.66) – 6/10
“It’s never easy for seam bowlers on flat pitches and, although Anderson stuck to his guns, he was outbowled by Broad and Umar Gul and was not quite the attack leader he has been in the past. He didn’t let the captain down, but would have liked a couple more wickets.”
Monty Panesar (14 wickets at 21.57) – 8/10
“He came in and took his chance brilliantly. The conditions were helpful, but you still have to bowl well to take wickets and Monty thoroughly deserved his."
Phil Tufnell was talking to BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham