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India v England: Series player ratings

England can boast several heroes as they return from India having won their first Test series there in 28 years, but they also have some dilemmas and selectorial decisions to consider ahead of the spring tour to New Zealand, and the summer's Ashes series.

Cow Corner rates the performances of the 15 players who represented England as they retained the Anthony de Mello trophy.

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Alastair Cook (9.5/10)

First series as captain, on the wrong end of a hiding in the first Test match of his tenure. The turnaround was led from the front by his obscene volume of runs. To end the first series having made history as an individual and for your team is not a bad way to make your mark after the end of the Andrew Strauss era. Could he have done anything more? He loses a half-mark for the flawed selection in Ahmedabad, swiftly rectified.

562 runs at 80.28

Nick Compton (6/10)

It all looks about right, and yet... it didn't quite come together for Compton. He made starts aplenty, providing a good foil for Cook. He struggled to score on occasion, but rarely let it bog him down. He showed aggression and innovation, discipline and patience. Everything you need for an England opener - except the runs. Despite just one half-century in eight innings, he deserves more time to press his case.

208 runs at 34.66

Jonathan Trott (7/10)

Like England in 2012, Trott started horrendously, and ended in a blaze of glory. Two ducks in his first three innings, allied to some less-than-confident work at first slip, made his place a talking point. The slipwork improved steadily, but is still a work in progress. The batting grew in confidence, from a dogged 87 in Kolkata to 143 in Nagpur, the most fluent innings a player from either team could manage.

294 runs at 42

Kevin Pietersen (8/10)

Welcome back, Kevin. England are a better team with him reintegrated into it, and what he provides is the little something extra which turns England from a competent side into a special one. His 186 in Mumbai was the innings of the series, went a long way towards winning match, and yet it was merely one of three exemplary centuries he has hit this year. There were two other half-centuries and four failures, but it was a return which showed his worth.

338 runs at 48.28

Ian Bell (6/10)

At least he made it to the party in the end. Bell has a wretched record in the subcontinent, like the batting equivalent of a county trundler who is nullified as soon as he goes to a flat track. But he appeared to conquer his demons in the final innings at Nagpur, finishing with an unbeaten century. He'll be happy enough that there is no subcontinent tour scheduled for England until 2015.

172 runs at 43

Jonny Bairstow (4/10)

It's hard to make a definitive judgement on Bairstow. He's clearly been given limited chances - in this case one innings replacing Ian Bell. Walked when technically he was not out and could have stood his ground - then disappeared down the pecking order, first back behind Bell, then behind Joe Root as well. The talent is there, but it looks like he needs a run in the team before he believes it.

9 runs at 9

Samit Patel (5/10)

A botched selection. Patel was picked as a number six because he was in good form and could offer a bit with his spin. Ahmedabad dispelled any notion that he was a Test match spinner, so he had to justify his place on batting alone. His best chance came in Kolkata, but having reached a Test-best 33 with elegant strokes, he perished with a loose stroke to slip. With Root seizing his chance, and a crop of talented youngsters pushing for a place, it is hard to see where Patel's next opportunity in an England cap will come from.

69 runs at 17.25, one wicket at 135

Joe Root (8/10)

A debut of poise and stature. Just 21, he was fast-tracked ahead of Patel for the final Test, and responded with a composed 73 in his first-innings on a track where he had to rethink his game completely and cut out the risky shots. A slog-swept six and a reverse sweep in a brief second-innings appearance reminded selectors there was more to his game than mere endurance. He will surely get a run at number six now.

93 runs at 93

Matt Prior (8/10)

Did nothing to damage his reputation as the world's premier wicketkeeper/batsman in Tests. He made repeated contributions from all positions for England when batting, whether the tourists were ahead or behind the game. His glovework was not exemplary, but his energy and commitment put his opposite number, MS Dhoni, in the shade. Earned a deserved run as vice captain when form and injuries put paid to Stuart Broad's tour.

258 runs at 51.6

Tim Bresnan (3/10)

What happened, Tim? Since shoulder surgery at the end of 2011 he's lost a yard of pace. England like the balance he offers the team, but that form with bat and ball alike has eluded him completely in 2012. The wrong selection in Ahmedabad when England needed a third seamer, and went wicketless. Was lucky to earn a recall due to injuries in Nagpur, and went wicketless again.

39 runs at 13, 0 wickets

Stuart Broad (3/10)

This was a comedown. Broad's form has tailed off since the West Indies series back in the early summer, and made meagre contributions with bat and ball on admittedly unhelpful surfaces. He was fortunate that he got a second outing in Mumbai - only Steven Finn's absence allowed him it. The biggest indictment of his form is that he wasn't missed in the two Tests which followed. He will be back for New Zealand, but must shake off a heel injury and get back to the levels he is capable of reaching.

34 runs at 11.33, 0 wickets

Graeme Swann (8/10)

On this tour Swann moved past Jim Laker as England's most successful off-spinner, and then moved on to 200 Test wickets. Even gave a reminder of his value with the bat with a lively half-century in Nagpur, his first in three years. He was rarely expensive and usually able to adapt his game when conditions offered little, which was a surprising amount of the time. Top wicket-taker in the series, and despite Panesar's heroics in Mumbai, still England's premier spinner.

98 runs at 32.66, 20 wickets at 24.75

James Anderson (8/10)

England's top seamer came away from India with his reputation enhanced. The first two Tests offered him precious little assistance, but given a chance to reverse swing the ball he was lethal, with key spells in Kolkata and a man-of-the-match performance in Nagpur. His figures don't tell the whole story, but Dhoni waxing lyrical about his displays afterwards gives a sense of how highly he is rated.

12 wickets at 30.25

Monty Panesar (8.5/10)

Monty's the sort of character England miss when he's not there. He has returned to the Test arena a better bowler, and outperformed both his colleagues and his opponents in Mumbai for an eleven-wicket haul as the tables were turned on India. In many ways, his contribution in the first innings at Kolkata was better - four wickets on a pitch which wasn't spinning was a subtle reminder to England that he can be effective when the conditions are not obviously in his favour either.

17 wickets at 26.82

Steven Finn (7/10)

The good news for Finn is that he always looks the part in an England shirt. His bounce, pace and even reverse swing caught the eye in Kolkata. The concern, though, was the injuries. He missed the first two Tests with a thigh strain, then flew home before the fourth with a lower back problem. Fast bowlers and injuries are rarely kept apart for long, but England will hope this is not a trend with an outstanding talent.

4 wickets at 29.5