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India vs England player ratings: Zak Crawley, Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir show promise in series defeat for tourists

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After India beat England in Dharamshala to clinch the five-match Test series 4-1, we take a look at which of Ben Stokes’ players soared and who struggled…

Zak Crawley – 7/10

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Zak Crawley smashed 79 off 108 balls during the fifth and final Test in Dharamshala

Opener Crawley top scored for England in the first innings in Dharamshala with 79 off 108 balls. The 26-year-old scores highly in the player ratings due to his consistency and he stepped up when England needed him the most. During the second Test Crawley accumulated scores of 76 and 73, the highest out of his team-mates in Vizag.

His struggles were apparent against India’s skilful bowlers as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed him four times and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav three times. Crawley is the only England batter to average above 40 in the series which suggests his future in the Test side at the top of the order is safe.

Ben Duckett – 6/10

Ben Duckett celebrates his 88-ball hundred in Rajkot
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Ben Duckett celebrates his 88-ball hundred in Rajkot

Duckett scored a stunning 153 in the third Test in Rajkot and his player-ratings score is mainly a reflection of that. His century slipped under the radar slightly after Yashasvi Jaiswal’s magnificent 214no though.

Duckett scores lower than Crawley because he was unable to consistently make a substantial score. The 29-year-old has proven his batting prowess but his struggles against spin continue. Like his counterpart Crawley, he was also dismissed four times by Ashwin throughout the tour but his position also appears safe.

Ollie Pope – 4/10

England's Ollie Pope celebrates his century in Hyderabad
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Ollie Pope celebrates his century in Hyderabad

Pope smashed the highest score for England on the tour with his masterful 196 in Hyderabad which led to the tourists claiming an important victory in the first Test.

However, his best score after that was 39 and he was dismissed twice for a duck during the fourth Test in Ranchi where England lost the series.

Some grace can be given to Pope who was making a return to Test action after dislocating his shoulder at Lord’s in the summer. England’s middle-order batters were unable to build substantial partnerships which was a weakness throughout their tour and as their vice-captain, expectations were higher.

Joe Root – 7/10

Joe Root celebrates his 31st Test hundred against India in Ranchi
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Joe Root celebrates his 31st Test hundred against India in Ranchi

Root’s golden arm has bumped up his score by a couple of points. After Jack Leach was forced to leave India prematurely with a knee injury he picked up in Hyderabad, Root stepped up as a part-time off-spinner.

He finished with a five-for after the first Test and with eight scalps in total throughout the tour. He received criticism when he reverse-scooped Jasprit Bumrah during the third Test and was caught at slip by Jaiswal which triggered a collapse. However, Root seemed unfazed and in the following Test smashed a brilliant 122 not out.

Despite England’s fate already decided when they headed to picturesque Dharamshala, Root did not give up without a fight. He hit his second-highest score of 84 before he was caught by Bumrah at long-on which sealed the deal for the hosts. His ability to shine with both bat and ball will give him plenty more longevity in his England career.

Jonny Bairstow – 6/10

Jonny Bairstow received his 100th Test cap in Dharamshala
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Jonny Bairstow received his 100th Test cap in Dharamshala

Bairstow made the second highest score during England’s second innings in the final Test with 39 but he averaged just 23.80 in the series.

There is a chance that his 100th Test might be his last, an impressive and exclusive club to go out on if he does. His runs have dried up and his position will be most vulnerable when Harry Brook, who has missed the India series for personal reasons, returns.

Duckett and Crawley look set as England’s openers and captain Ben Stokes, Root and Pope are formidable in the middle.

His place is also at risk given Ben Foakes’ excellent glovework throughout this series and when England’s home Tests against Sri Lanka and West Indies come around, Bairstow’s position will be a clear talking point.

Ben Stokes – 6/10

Ben Stokes
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England captain Ben Stokes top-scored with a 70 in Hyderabad

Stokes top-scored for England during their first innings in Hyderabad with a 70 but struggled after that against India’s spin attack. He was out five times in single figures during England’s 10 innings and therefore lost a few marks in the ratings.

The England skipper returned to action with the ball despite ‘pinky promising’ his physio he would not bowl during the tour and immediately had an impact.

On day two of the final Test the 32-year-old bowled five overs and removed India’s captain Rohit Sharma (103) with his first ball creating a much-needed breakthrough amid their onslaught.

Stokes did, however, earn a few points due to his brilliant captaincy of Test rookies Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir.

Ben Foakes – 7/10

Foakes’ excellent glovework puts him in strong contention to play in England’s home series this summer. He was brilliant with his speedy stumpings and fast reaction catches – four and 12 respectively – and may edge past Bairstow after impressing on this tour.

Tom Hartley – 8/10

Tom Hartley overcame a true test of his character to put on a  sublime display on day four
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Tom Hartley overcame a true test of his character to put on a sublime display on day four of the first Test

When Hartley’s first ball in Test cricket got hammered for six eyebrows were raised about whether he could handle the pressure of Test cricket, but in the face of fire not only did the 24-year-old perform, he soared.

He claimed a stunning nine-wicket haul in the first Test and finished the tour with a total of 22 wickets, the highest for England, to his name.

His future with England and Lancashire looks secure and with the backing of Brendon McCullum and Stokes we are likely to see him playing for his country again. His top score with the bat was 36 during the second Test.

Shoaib Bashir – 8/10

Shoaib Bashir celebrates his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket
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Shoaib Bashir celebrates his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket

In what has been a disappointing Test tour for England, Bashir performed promisingly with the ball. His determination, confidence and attitude with are testament to the culture that Stokes and McCullum have cultivated in the dressing room.

Bashir took 17 wickets playing in three Tests in India and bowled great line and length. When his efforts are put into context against an experienced India attack, the 20-year-old has impressed the selectors.

Ollie Robinson – 3/10

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Robinson was picked for the fourth Test in Ranchi where he was wicketless in his 13 overs and conceded 54 runs. He scored the second-highest with the bat, hitting 58 during England’s first innings, but was out for a duck in the second innings and captain Stokes did not turn to him as a bowling option either.

His performance was below par and he was the man who made way for Mark Wood in the fifth Test. It also raises questions about his Test future for England, which now looks precarious.

James Anderson – 7/10

Anderson took his 700th Test wicket when he got Yadav out early on in Dharamshala and joined Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan in an exclusive club with Stokes saying there is no end in sight for the 41-year-old.

He took 10 wickets during the tour and the veteran seam bowler looked in great shape throughout. His future in the side seems safe for a while yet.

Jack Leach and Rehan Ahmed – 6

The England spinners left the tour prematurely – Leach returning home after hurting his knee in the first Test and Rehan departing for personal reasons after the third.

Left-armer Leach braved injury to take two wickets during England’s thrilling win in the series opener at Hyderabad, dismissing Shreyas Iyer on the final day as India faltered in a chase of 231. However, he will know he now faces competition for his place from Bashir and Hartley in the summer.

England's Rehan Ahmed , center, celebrates the wicket of India's Rajat Patidar with his teammates, on the first day of the second cricket test match between India and England in Visakhapatnam, India, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Rehan Ahmed provided cameos with bat and ball in India

It is still hard to work out which aspect of the game will be Rehan’s strongest suit going forward – his leg-spin or his belligerent batting, with the all-rounder showing bits of both in India.

He claimed 11 wickets in three Tests at an average of 44, mixing dazzling deliveries with a fair bit of dross along the way, something that should be expected of a teenage leg-spinner. With the bat, he made three double-figure scores before ending his tour with three single-figure ones.

There are still things Rehan needs to refine but he is set to be a key man for England across the formats for years to come, perhaps even at this June’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA.

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