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Look away now! England’s Ashes series ratings

For one side the return Ashes series in Australia was a glorious story of redemption and recovery; for another it was a dismal and disastrous capitulation.

There is no polite way of saying it: England were utterly pathetic. The 5-0 whitewash was a total humiliation for Alastair Cook's men, it cannot be understated.

So without delaying it any longer, here are the series ratings for the 2013/14 Ashes series Down Under.

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ENGLAND RATINGS

Alastair Cook - Just 246 runs in the entire series for the usually prolific and composed Cook tells its own story: he just could not find any form with the bat. Tormented by the Australia quicks, he was uninspiring, unimaginative and unconvincing as captain.

Batting average - 24.60

Rating - 4/10

Michael Carberry - The Hampshire batsman was presented with a golden opportunity to establish himself in Test cricket but he blew it pretty badly. England needed much more than one half-century from their opening batsman and it could well cost him his place.

Batting average - 28.10

Rating - 4/10

Joe Root - Perhaps harshly made the fall guy in the final Test at Sydney, Root never got to grips with facing the Australia quicks, even from down the order. His 87 was a rare demonstration of patience and application from an England batsman, but he did not do enough to help his team over the course of the series.

Batting average - 27.42

Rating - 4/10

Kevin Pietersen - Outscored and overshadowed by a young Test newcomer who played a game less, Pietersen did not deliver for England in this series. The best of England's established batsmen, he still fell shamefully short of what was required of him when faced with a challenge he would have been expected to rise to.

Batting average - 29.40

Rating - 4/10

Ian Bell - Given his wonderful form coming into the series, Bell's abject performances were perhaps the most alarming of the whole bunch. Having dominated against the Australia bowlers over the summer, Bell repeatedly gifted away his wicket with little or no resistance. Talked of as a potential captain, he showed very little leadership or influence.

Batting average - 26.11

Rating - 3/10

Ben Stokes - Perhaps the one bright spark for England on an otherwise woeful tour, Stokes showed himself to be a class act with both bat and ball. At the age of just 22, Stokes led the runscoring chart with 279 despite having only played in four Tests and stood out for his courage, determination and resolve. A hugely impressive first series in Test cricket, his century at Perth was the only one mustered by an England player and 15 wickets were very valuable.

Batting average - 34.87 / Bowling average - 32.80

Rating - 8/10

Gary Ballance - Thrown in at the deep end for the final Test of the series in Sydney, Ballance showed signs of the quality he has and a combative, fearless streak that could serve him very well in the future. At 24 he was given a torrid task, but he did enough to show Flower that he has a lot to offer going forward.

Batting average - 12.50

Rating - 4/10

Matt Prior - This could very well be the end for Prior after a hapless showing with both the bat and gloves left Flower and Cook with no choice but to drop him after the third Test in Perth. With Bairstow and Jos Buttler offering more promising options going forward, this could be it for the aggressive wicketkeeper/batsman.

Batting average - 17.83

Rating - 3/10

Jonny Bairstow - It would be easy to give Bairstow a lower rating based on his obvious lack of runs, but for such an inexperienced wicketkeeper he did a sterling job behind the stumps in what was a very, very tough ask to come into a losing side for the final two Tests of a shambolic series. He still has a lot of potential and can develop into the role if given time.

Batting average - 12.25

Rating - 4/10

Tim Bresnan - Inevitably held up as the man to come in and make things better for England in the third and fourth Tests, Bresnan failed as badly as everyone else from the tourists. Down on pace and confidence, his bowling was pretty innocuous and he produced nothing with the bat.

Bowling average - 8.50 / Batting average - 41.20

Rating - 4/10

Graeme Swann - It was an utterly abject showing from England's top spinner, both with the ball and the bat. Seven wickets at 80 was a dismal return for a bowler of his calibre and jumping ship midway through the series left England in a horrible position to see out a humiliating tour with pressure unfairly heaped on young players as a direct result.

Bowling average - 80.00 / Batting average - 7.20

Rating - 2/10

Stuart Broad - Undoubtedly England's best bowler through the series and perhaps the one senior player who rose to the challenge presented by the hosts. 21 wickets in the series at 27.52 represented a very respectable return for the paceman as he delivered when most of his team-mates did not even turn up. Responded to the inevitable abuse in the perfect way.

Bowling average - 27.52 / Batting average - 19.37

Rating - 7/10

Jimmy Anderson - England's best bowler endured a hugely frustrating series with 14 wickets at 43 as he made little impact at any stage of the tour. Outbowled by the 22-year-old Stokes despite having played a game more, it was a chastening series for England's top paceman and attack leader.

Bowling average - 43.92

Rating - 5/10

Monty Panesar - It is hard not to feel sorry for Panesar given the lack of trust placed in him by Cook, leaving him down at fine leg for days on end while even the part-time spin of Root was often preferred to his slow left-arm. This is likely the end for Panesar after he was dropped in favour of Scott Borthwick for the final Test at the SCG.

Bowling average - 85.66

Rating - 3/10

Chris Tremlett - Only afforded one Test match in the entire series, Tremlett bowled well down on pace and offered very little to the bowling attack. Still, with four wickets at an average of 30, he was largely better than what was to come for England and was perhaps harshly dropped after the series opener.

Bowling average - 30.00

Rating - 5/10

Scott Borthwick - It really was the classic mixed bag from a very young and inexperienced leg spinner. Some truly terrible deliveries were hammered for boundaries in almost embarrassing fashion, but four wickets at 20.50 represent - at least on paper - a reasonable eturn for Borthwick in what was surely one of the more difficult Test debuts to make with the series already gone.

Bowling average - 20.50

Rating - 5/10

Boyd Rankin - The Irishman is very likely to go down as an England one-Test wonder after a pretty listless showing with the ball in the final match of the series. Hampered by cramp in two of his spells, he struggled to make any impact as Australia's batsmen played him comfortably. England were reluctant to play him all series.

Bowling average - 81.00

Rating - 3/10

Jonathan Trott - It would not be at all fair to rate Trott's efforts in the series after the England number three left the tour following the opening Test in Brisbane, having suffered with a stress-related illness.