Ashes 2015: Graeme Swann's England-Australia player ratings

England's players celebrate at the Oval
England used 13 players in the series

England have regained the Ashes after a 3-2 home victory over Australia.

The contest featured some moments of individual brilliance from both sides, but also some dire displays, especially with the bat.

England spinner turned BBC Test Match Special pundit Graeme Swann gives his series player ratings.


Alastair Cook - 7 out of 10

Alastair Cook

Matches: 5; Runs: 330; Average: 36.66

Swann: "His captaincy has been spot on, aside from the ludicrous decision to bowl first at The Oval. Without scoring heavily over the series, he looks to be getting back to somewhere near his best form."

Adam Lyth - 3

Adam Lyth

Matches: 5; Runs: 115; Average: 12.77

Swann: "He has caught well at slip but has failed to grasp the opportunity to secure the opening berth alongside Cook."

Ian Bell - 5

Ian Bell

Matches: 5; Runs: 215; Average: 26.87

Swann: "A very disappointing series by his standards. His catching has improved in the slips since the New Zealand series but he needs to score heavily in the UAE to convince himself and others that he still has a long future in the team."

Joe Root - 9

Joe Root

Matches: 5; Runs: 460; Average: 57.50; Wickets: 4; Average: 33.75

Swann: "Exceptional. His hundreds at Cardiff and Trent Bridge were scored at times when his team needed them the most and he probably did more than any other player to help England regain the Ashes. He has gone from Test-class to world-class this summer."

Jonny Bairstow - 6.5

Jonny Bairstow

Matches: 3; Runs: 118; Average: 29.50

Swann: "Played well at Trent Bridge and should be nailed on to bat at five through the winter. He was dismissed a couple of times by the short ball, although both were against the quickest bowler in the world."

Ben Stokes - 7.5

Ben Stokes

Matches: 5; Runs: 201; Average: 25.12; Wickets: 11; Average: 33.45

Swann: "Mercurial with both bat and ball but England's best all-rounder since Andrew Flintoff. Magnificent bowling at Trent Bridge and the best catch I've ever witnessed."

Jos Buttler - 6

Jos Buttler

Matches: 5; Runs: 122; Average: 15.25; Dismissals: 12

Swann: "Has been solid with the gloves all series, but worryingly short of runs, particularly against the finger spin of Nathan Lyon. Will need to iron out these shortfalls before the turning pitches of the UAE are thrust upon him."

Moeen Ali - 7

Moeen Ali

Matches: 5; Runs: 293; Average: 36.62; Wickets: 12; Average: 45.50

Swann: "A hit-and-miss series for Moeen. His runs have at times proved vital down the order, not least at Edgbaston, and he must be the best number eight batsman England have ever had. However, his bowling is short on confidence and as a result he hasn't bowled the overs or taken the wickets that his talent is capable of."

Stuart Broad - 9

Stuart Broad

Matches: 5; Runs: 134; Average: 19.14; Wickets: 21; Average: 20.90

Swann: "Started the series strongly without a great deal of reward. England's best bowler in a disappointing affair at Lord's and bowled the greatest Ashes spell in living memory to effectively win the Ashes on day one at Trent Bridge."

Mark Wood - 8

Mark Wood

Matches: 4; Runs: 103; Average: 25.75; Wickets: 10; Average: 39.10

Swann: "Bags of talent. Has shown good control with the ball all summer without taking devastating amounts of wickets and produced some very useful cameos down the order. An extra mark for being both a Newcastle fan and one carrot short of a salad."

Steven Finn - 8.5

Steven Finn

Matches: 3; Runs: 9; Average: N/A; Wickets: 12; Average: 22.50

Swann: "Brilliant return to Test cricket for Steven Finn. Would have got a higher mark if he hadn't kept taking wickets off no-balls."

James Anderson - 8.5

James Anderson

Matches: 3; Runs: 11; Average: 2.75; Wickets: 10; Average: 27.50

Swann: "Proved himself in helpful conditions to be the best swing bowler in the world and joined the 400 club before injury ended his series. Best John Terry impression at Trent Bridge when he donned his kit for the celebrations."


David Warner - 6

David Warner

Matches: 5; Runs: 418; Average: 46.44

Swann: "Has been one of the more successful Australia batsmen but played the worst shot of the Ashes at Lord's to throw away a hundred. Seems to be playing with a bit more responsibility, which should bode well for his future."

Chris Rogers - 7

Chris Rogers

Matches: 5; Runs: 480; Average: 60.00

Swann: "Australia's most reliable player, he usually got them off to a half-decent start. He has had a short but highly successful career as an opener and will be hard to replace."

Steve Smith - 6

Steve Smith

Matches: 5; Runs: 508; Average: 56.44; Wickets: 1; Average: 16.00

Swann: "Excellent knocks in two Australia victories but technically found seriously wanting against the swinging and seaming ball at Cardiff, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. He is not a number three and needs to move back to number four or five."

Michael Clarke - 5

Michael Clarke

Matches: 5; Runs: 132; Average: 16.50

Swann: "I'm being generous because of his exceptional career. A fairly disastrous series with the bat and had to watch his team fail to win the Ashes in England - again. Sad to see him go."

Adam Voges - 6

Adam Voges

Matches: 5; Runs: 201; Average: 28.71

Swann: "Got better and better as the series went on, but unable to play the Steve Waugh role in the frequent Aussie collapses."

Mitchell Marsh - 5

Mitchell Marsh

Matches: 3; Runs: 48; Average: 12; Wickets: 8; Average: 18.62

Swann: "With the ball, he looks a find. With the bat, he looks to be two places too high in the order."

Peter Nevill - 5

Peter Nevill

Matches: 4; Runs: 143; Average: 23.83; Dismissals: 17

Swann: "Has looked fairly solid with bat and gloves but doesn't look like the fulcrum which Brad Haddin was for the team to pivot around."

Mitchell Johnson - 6

Mitchell Johnson

Matches: 5; Runs: 141; Average: 17.62; Wickets: 15; Average: 34.93

Swann: "Breathtaking spell at Lord's but unable to match the stratospheric heights of his previous Ashes campaign. Has accepted the Barmy Army banter in seemingly good spirits."

Mitchell Starc - 5.5

Mitchell Starc

Matches: 5; Runs: 157; Average: 22.42; Wickets: 18; Average: 30.50

Swann: "Despite being their leading wicket-taker he hasn't bowled with anywhere near the control that he shows with the white Kookaburra ball. Definitely a big name for the future but seems strangely rough around the edges."

Josh Hazlewood - 3.5

Josh Hazlewood

Matches: 4; Runs: 45; Average: 15.00; Wickets: 16; Average: 25.75

Swann: "The biggest mystery of the Australia team. I expected him to enjoy the Duke ball and the English pitches but couldn't come to terms with either. His performances were put into context by the excellent Peter Siddle at The Oval."

Nathan Lyon - 7.5

Nathan Lyon

Matches: 5; Runs: 47; Average: 11.75; Wickets: 18; Average: 28.25

Swann: "The most consistent of the Australia bowlers without ever looking like winning a Test on his own. Two beauties bowled through the gate at The Oval, but the pitches were generally unhelpful."

Peter Siddle - 9

Peter Siddle

Matches: 1; Runs: 1; Average: 1; Wickets: 6; Average: 11.16

Swann: "Thank heavens he didn't play at Trent Bridge or Edgbaston. Bowled like a dream at The Oval on a featherbed wicket."

Graeme Swann was speaking to BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham.