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By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya fire India to victory at Trent Bridge
- Jos Buttler scores superb maiden hundred in the losing cause
- Moeen Ali spins England to victory at the Ageas Bowl by taking nine wickets
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – England respond to their 203-run mauling at Trent Bridge by wrapping up the series with an impressive 60-run victory at the Ageas Bowl.
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Keaton Jennings – 5/10 – With his place looking increasingly fragile, the Lancashire man dug out a gutsy 36 from 87 balls at the Ageas Bowl to earn himself a stay of execution.
Alastair Cook – 4/10 – The retiring opener improved a little but ultimately struggled to stay in for long in tests three and four as he made scores of 29, 17, 17 and 12. He took some good catches though.
Joe Root – 6/10 – Made three low scores before he bounced back with 48 at the Ageas Bowl. He out-performed Virat Kohli in the captaincy stakes in the Fourth Test too.
Ollie Pope – 4/10 – Sacrificed for an extra all-rounder at the Ageas Bowl after making 10 and 16 at Trent Bridge.
Jonny Bairstow – 1/10 – He has gone on a bad run out of nowhere, getting out for 15, 0, 6 and 0. He also fractured a finger and had the wicket-keeping gloves taken away from him.
Ben Stokes – 7/10 – He showed everyone he can knuckle down and play long Test innings with a gritty 62 from 187 balls at Trent Bridge and similar knock of 30 at the Ageas Bowl. He also chipped in with a few wickets despite a niggling injury.
Jos Buttler – 9/10 – Hit a brilliant maiden Test century in the loss at Trent Bridge and then followed it up with a classy 69 at the Ageas Bowl. He kept well too.
Moeen Ali – 9/10 – Returned to Test cricket in stunning style by taking 9 wickets at the Ageas Bowl to guide England to victory. He also scored a crucial 40 in the first innings.
Sam Curran – 8/10 – Made way for Stokes at Trent Bridge but returned to the team in style with 78 and 46 at the Ageas Bowl. He also took a wicket in each innings.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Dismissed India’s top three in the first innings at Trent Bridge but did not have as much impact second time around. He missed the Fourth Test with injury.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Got Kohli out for 97 in the first innings at Trent Bridge and worked hard for three wickets in the second innings. He was not really needed at the Ageas Bowl.
Stuart Broad – 6/10 – He was not at his best at Trent Bridge but he produced a couple of really important spells at the Ageas Bowl.
James Anderson – 6/10 – He was economical at Trent Bridge but not as threatening as he would like to be. Then he bounced back from a wicketless first innings to take two key wickets in the second innings at the Ageas Bowl.
Shikhar Dhawan – 6/10 – Brisk cameos of 44 and 35 at Trent Bridge set his team on the way to good totals. He did not bat quite as well at the Ageas Bowl.
KL Rahul – 4/10 – Had his best match of the series at Trent Bridge when he scored 23 and 36. However, he fell to Broad twice in the Fourth Test for 19 and 0.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 9/10 – He showed India exactly what they had been missing with excellent 72 at Trent Bridge and outstanding 132 at the Ageas Bowl.
Virat Kohli – 9/10 – He was at his brilliant best when he scored 97 and 103 during India’s win at Trent Bridge. He also batted well at the Ageas Bowl as he made 46 and 58.
Ajinkya Rahane – 7/10 – Found some much-needed form when he scored 81 in the Third Test, and then he backed up that display with a patient 51 at the Ageas Bowl.
Hardik Pandya – 7/10 – He ripped through England’s middle and lower order to finish with career-best figures of 5-28 at Trent Bridge and then scored 52 in the second innings. However, he took just one wicket and made two low scores in the Fourth Test.
Rishabh Pant – 3/10 – He has showed glimpses of his ability but is yet to make a significant score. He has been out for 24, 1, 0 and 18.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 3/10 – Took just four wickets in four innings and seems to be struggling with an injury. He made a decent 25 at the Ageas Bowl.
Ishant Sharma – 7/10 – He has bowled consistently well throughout the series and he took two wickets in all four innings of these two Tests. He dismissed Cook in both innings at Trent Bridge.
Mohammed Shami – 7/10 – He was some way off his best at Trent Bridge but he rediscovered his mojo at the Ageas Bowl as he took six wickets in total.
Jasprit Bumrah – 8/10 – He has made a huge difference to India as he causes England’s batsmen all sorts of his problems with his ability to swing the ball. He took 2-37 and 5-85 at Trent Bridge and then 3-46 and 1-51 at the Ageas Bowl.
The fifth and final test of the series between England and India begins at 11am at The Oval on Friday 7th September 2018.
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