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Ben Gardner rates England’s players out of 10 after their 4-3 T20I series win over Pakistan.
Moeen Ali – 7
7 matches, 147 runs at 147.00, SR: 159.55, HS: 55*
1 wicket at 79.00, ER: 11.28, BBI: 1-23
Moeen was stellar with the bat, and though his bowling figures are ugly, that’s at least in part because of using himself as an extra bowler when the others were struggling. His captaincy deserves a mention, stepping up with Jos Buttler injured, and marshalling a fast-changing, somewhat-inexperienced team to an impressive series win.
Phil Salt – 6
7 matches, 167 runs at 27.83, SR: 157.54, HS: 88*
Up until the penultimate game of the series, England may have been scouring the ICC regulations wondering if they could fit Ben Duckett into the World Cup squad ahead of Salt. But the Lancashire man’s blistering 88* in the sixth game reasserted his international class, with another brisk cameo in the decider ended only by a run out for which he was little to blame. Given he can keep, he may yet find himself opening with Buttler in Australia.
Ben Duckett – 8
7 matches, 233 runs at 46.40, SR: 159.58, HS: 70*
Duckett had played just one T20I before this series, with his instant readiness serving as a reminder of England’s enviable batting depth. The sweep, both conventional and reverse was his trademark, and the consistency was impressive – Duckett made double figures in every innings, and was only dismissed for less than 30 twice. He’s not a part of the T20 World Cup squad, but could well be in contention for next year’s ODI World Cup in India.
Harry Brook – 9
7 matches, 238 runs at 79.33, SR: 163.01, HS: 81*
A special series for England’s newest sensation, with just the one failure and a stunning unbeaten 81 to his name. The question now isn’t whether he can break into England’s T20 World Cup side, it’s how they can fit him in.
Adil Rashid – 4
7 matches, 5 wickets at 44.80, ER: 8.29, BBI: 2-27
A quiet series in what has been a quiet year for England’s wrist-spinner and chief middle-overs threat. Getting Rashid back to his wicket-taking best could be key to England’s T20 World Cup hopes.
Sam Curran – 7
7 matches, 27 runs at 27.00, SR: 142.10, HS: 17
7 wickets at 24.57, ER: 7.47, BBI: 2-23
A quietly impressive series. Sam Curran was starved of opportunities with the bat, but ended as England’s joint leading wicket-taker. Nevertheless, Moeen Ali is likely to edge him out of the T20 World Cup XI.
David Willey – 6
6 matches, 7 wickets at 27.57, ER: 8.57, BBI: 2-22
David Willey hardly disgraced himself, but with Mark Wood and Chris Woakes returning, he may find himself on the fringes in Australia.
Alex Hales – 4
6 matches, 130 runs at 21.66, SR: 141.30, HS: 53
A half-century in the opener made it feel like Hales had never been away, even if it was slightly scratchy. But that remained his highest score in the series, and it is far from certain that it will be him opening with Jos Buttler in the T20 World Cup. Also fielded poorly, dropping several catches.
Dawid Malan – 6
6 matches, 174 runs at 34.80, SR: 132.82, HS: 78*
Malan had endured a poor series up until the decider, and even with tracks in Australia set to suit him more than those in Karachi and Lahore, the pressure was mounting with several others making a claim for a first-team berth. His unbeaten 78 in the seventh T20I was, therefore, a timely reminder of his talents.
Reece Topley – 6
4 matches, 5 wickets at 23.80, ER: 7.59, BBI: 2-37
Another solid series for Topley, who has become increasingly integral to England’s white-ball plans. He is now likely to start at the T20 World Cup.
Liam Dawson – 8
3 matches, 34 runs at 34.00, SR: 200.00, HS: 34
1 wicket at 65.00, ER: 7.22, BBI: 1-32
Solid, if unspectacular with the ball, and almost got England home when they were out of it in the final Karachi T20I. Solidified his position as Adil Rashid’s understudy.
Will Jacks – 5
2 matches, 40 runs at 20.00, SR: 160.00, HS: 40
A fast start on his debut, and a duck in his second game. There will be much more to come.
Mark Wood – 9
2 matches, 6 wickets at 7.33, ER: 5.50, BBI: 3-20
After a long injury lay-off, it was like Wood had never been away. If anything, he’s gotten quicker: his second over was perhaps the fastest ever bowled by an England bowler. Originally set to return in Lahore, he was bowling so fast in training England had no choice but to unleash him, though they sensibly restricted him to just two games. He still made plenty of impact, going at under a run a ball, dismissing Babar Azam twice, and finishing second in the wicket charts for England.
Luke Wood – 5
2 matches, 3 wickets at 24.33, ER: 9.12, BBI: 3-24
Played in the first two T20Is but missed out thereafter. Won the Player of the Match award on debut after running through Pakistan’s middle order, but was unable, like the rest of the England attack, to curb the Babar-Rizwan carnage in the second T20I.
Richard Gleeson – 4
2 matches, 1 wicket at 52.00, ER: 8.66, BBI: 1-39
Entrusted with two cheap overs in the first match of the series, but was the most expensive of England’s bowlers on his second appearance. Is yet to recreate the highs of his debut against India, in which he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli, finishing with 3-15.
Chris Woakes – 7
2 matches: 4 wickets at 14.00, ER: 7.00, BBI: 3-26
Proved his fitness after a lengthy stretch out, and effectively killed Pakistan’s chase in the decider with the early wicket of Babar Azam.
Olly Stone – 3
1 match, 0 wickets, ER: 9.00, BBI: 0-36
Fast, but not quite Mark Wood fast, in his one appearance, and was expensive and wicketless in a game England lost by three runs.