England win the Ashes
England regained the Ashes but victory was littered with inconsistent performances Getty Images

Moeen Ali - 6/10

Showed typical grace and style with the bat, where half centuries at Cardiff and Edgbaston helped push England to victory. Ali's authority batting at eight could yet see him considered to open against Pakistan. With the ball, though conditions were not conducive for spin bowling, the series confirmed that Ali cannot surely remain England's frontline spinner for long.

James Anderson - 6/10

England's leading wicket-taker and first bowler to 400 Test scalps was exposed by the benign conditions during the first-half of the series. The lack of pace at Cardiff and Lord's - where he was wicketless - nullified his threat. He was denied an appearance as Trent Bridge - where he would surely have thrived - and The Oval, due to a side issue. Could be rested for the Pakistan series.

Jonny Bairstow - 6/10

Parachuted into the team to replace Gary Ballance but only reproduced his county form fleetingly. A handy 74 in Nottingham means he will almost certainly be involved in the squad to face Pakistan but two hapless dismissals at The Oval will probably mean he will be dropped from the team.

Gary Ballance - 4/10

The Yorkshire batsman had his technique horribly exposed at Cardiff and Lord's and after contributing to one too many top order collapses, was ditched from the team for the final three Tests. Despite scoring 165 against Sussex as England toiled at The Oval, his county form has not been without its problems. Touch and go for the United Arab Emirates.

Gary Ballance
Ballance's technique was exposed against Australia Getty Images

Ian Bell - 5/10

Half centuries in successive innings on his home ground in Birmingham illuminated a series which felt like Bell's swansong in international cricket. The 33-year-old has scored one century in his last 20 innings and the manner in which he has been outmuscled and bullied suggests his time at the top might be over. In spite of his problems with the bat he was a reliable presence in the slip cordon.

Stuart Broad - 8/10

Bowled beautifully throughout the series, without the rewards until he turned up at Trent Bridge and inspired one of the most remarkable passages of play in Ashes history. His 8 for 15 was one of the great spells in Test history and helped him finish the series as the leading wicket-taker. With the bat, Broad appeared to conquer his demons from last summer, when he suffered a broken nose against India, with four scores over 20 batting at nine.

Jos Buttler - 5/10

Amid his one-day heroics it is easy to forget that this year's Ashes was just the fourth series of his Test career. Nevertheless, the Lancashire man painted a confused figure with the bat and was uncertain of his approach, averaging just 15.25. Near faultless with the gloves, he will be given time to rediscover his best form again, where the catalyst could come in the one-day format.

Alastair Cook
Cook's wait for a home Ashes hundred continues but his status as an international captain has been enhanced Getty Images

Alastair Cook - 7/10

Twice falling agonisingly short of a maiden Test century against Australia at home, it will be how Cook's captaincy thrived after a harrowing previous 18 months that defines his contribution. Innovative with his fields, crafty with the rotation of his bowlers and classy and dignified in victory. Despite his greatest achievement as skipper, early suggestions are that he will continue.

Steven Finn - 7/10

Replaced Mark Wood in Birmingham and in his first Test appearance for two years produced a performance which triggered England reclaiming the urn. The previously "unselectable" Finn took 6 for 79 in the Australia second innings at Edgbaston as he took apart the middle-order with dazzling skills. Though ineffectual at Trent Bridge and The Oval, did enough to convince that his international exile was time well-spent.

Adam Lyth - 3/10

The 27-year-old's best performances in the series were restricted to England's football warm-up matches prior to every day of play. Otherwise, Lyth drowned in the pressure pit of Ashes cricket as his albeit admirable desire to put bat on ball led to his downfall. By the end of the series his future international aspirations were reflected by his increasing disappointment upon being dismissed and though a lack of replacements could see him retained for the UAE he is already on borrowed time.

Joe Root
Root became Test cricket's number one batsman during a stellar series Getty Images

Joe Root - 8/10

England's highest run scorer in the Ashes was the key figure of the series, with a spate of innings-saving knocks coming after the top order was blown away. Centuries came in Cardiff, after being dropped by Brad Haddin, and in Nottingham both at times with England in trouble. Deserves the time off after a gruelling schedule.

Ben Stokes - 6/10

At 24 years-old Stokes continues to show glimpses of his exciting talent but is yet to discover consistency. His first five innings included two half centuries, a flirtation with a maiden Ashes hundred and two ducks. At Trent Bridge he produced a stunning catch to dismiss Adam Voges and later took 6 for 36 with the ball. Stokes was back to his inconsistent best at The Oval with a third duck of the series.

Mark Wood - 6/10

Joined the likes of Graeme Swann and Chris Tremlett in taking Ashes winning wickets during a series where his ferocious pace impressed again. The Durham right-armer may have been overshadowed by Broad and Stokes and was not rewarded for his efforts with wickets but he cemented his place as the third choice seamer in this team. Encouraging display.