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Stuart Broad proves his point, Ben Stokes provides everyday brilliance

 

For the second series in a row, England roared back from 1-0 down to win - this time amid the unusual setting of three bio-secure, behind-closed-doors Tests. Reclaiming the Wisden Trophy required another squad effort, although one or two names stood out in particular. Here are the marks out of ten:

9

Stuart Broad (73 runs at 73.00; 16 wickets at 10.93)

It speaks volumes for Broad that a campaign which started with him being omitted from the team for the first Test, ended with him named Player of the Series. After producing a match-turning spell in the second Test, he came up with a match-winning one in the third, achieving his best bowling performance since January 2016 and a first ten-wicket match since 2013. He also thrashed 62 - his highest score for seven years and the fifth quickest half-century in England's Test history - in the process and became just the seventh man to reach the 500-wicket milestone.

8.5

Ben Stokes (363 runs at 90.75; 9 wickets at 16.33)

Although England lost his maiden Test as captain, Stokes took some brave decisions over selection and the toss in Southampton which might have been vindicated if his side had batted better. Spurred on by his own failure to convert two starts in that match, Stokes was outstanding in the second Test. After producing a disciplined century in the first innings - his longest innings in first-class cricket - he thumped the fastest half-century by an England opener in Test history in the second to set-up the declaration. He also claimed some key wickets in filling in for Jofra Archer as England's middle-order enforcer. Played the third match as a specialist batsman.

7.5

Chris Woakes (1 run at 0.50; 11 wickets at 16.63)

Sharp, skilful and consistent, Woakes would have taken the new ball for years in another playing age. But, destined to spend much of his career in the shadow of Broad and Anderson, he has to be content with a supporting role and occasional days in the spotlight. In this series, he generated bounce and lateral movement and claimed a five-for in the final innings of the series. His grim form with the bat continues, though: only once in his last nine Test innings has he made more than 6.

Dom Sibley (226 runs at 45.20)

In reaching 50 three times in five innings, Sibley demonstrated the solidity and consistency for which England have been looking for some time. Yes, there were two ducks as well, but occasional failures are probably inevitable for an opening batsmen. His century in Manchester went a long way towards laying the platform for his side's victory. Since he came into the side in November, England have registered 400 four times (and 391 for 8 declared on another); before that, they had only managed it once since the start of 2018. His partnership with Burns looks as though it's here to stay.

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