Andrew Strauss – Scratched around a bit in the first innings, but was more fluent leading what turned into an easy chase in the fourth innings. Out for 83 and 82, both times almost immediately after strong appeals were turned down – he’ll need better concentration against stronger sides. His captaincy was curiously passive as Tamim Iqbal made merry and the Trumpet felt that his decision to enforce the follow-on was probably wrong. Easing his way back after sitting out the Bangladesh Tour and World Twenty20, he couldn’t have asked for easier bowling to get the feel of bat on ball.
Alastair Cook – Unveiled another technical adjustment, holding his bat up in his stance in the style of his mentor, Graham Gooch. Never really got going in either innings, playing poor shots to provoke marginal decisions that triggered him. For a man with a remarkable record at such an early age, can still look uncomfortable in Test cricket.
Jonathan Trott – After a poor winter and with the Media and fans scenting his South African blood, he needed a big innings and delivered one, chancelessly. 226 and 36* should keep his detractors at bay for a while and he even nipped in with a second innings wicket. Had he gone early in the first innings, Bangladesh may well have been setting England a target on the last day.
KP – Skittishly impatient in the first innings and left with little to do in the second, he probably can’t get himself up for a Bangladesh match. Having said that, his fielding was very sharp, throwing out the firecracker Tamim in the first innings.
Ian Bell – Averages just 30 in first class cricket this season and looked out of sorts in making 17. Must be hoping to gorge as he has in the past on the Bangladesh attack come Old Trafford.
Eoin Morgan – Catapulted into the Test XI after some cool-headed and inventive innings in Twenty20 cricket. He started out looking determined to play like Test batsmen play, but soon had the reverse sweep going and looked at ease. The close of first day came at a bad time for him and he was out early on the second. Might be the one to go for the returning Colly, but he’ll be back.
Matt Prior – Terrible match with bat and ball. He’s fortunate that England won and his performance will soon be forgotten. Will not want an injury now, as Kieswetter is building a case to take his place in all forms of the game.
Tim Bresnan – Bowled much better with the old ball than the new one, but was curiously inconsistent throughout. At times unplayable, but more often playable on either side of the wicket. Needs to re-discover the discipline to bowl dot balls if the conditions are against him, as he’ll never fire top-order bats out with pace or swing when the sun shines. Was just getting going with the bat when he got out.
Graeme Swann – Quiet match from England’s most ebullient player.
Jimmy Anderson – Looked short of bowling and fitness, but, as ever when the there’s cloud about, got some deliveries to really swing and seam – too much for most of the batsmen. At other times, seemed to labour to the crease and just put the ball there. His captain didn’t seem to want to go to him during Bangladesh’s big partnerships in the second innings. Good Jimmy or Bad Jimmy? Sometimes both in the same over.
Steve Finn – Will look at the Lord’s Honours Board and see his name there – and deservedly so. Apart from a nervous first spell and a stiff start to the fourth day, he bowled with aggression and intent to take nine wickets in the match and cement his place as one of England’s squad of half a dozen seamers. Might need to spend some of his match fee on decent boots, as he fell over in his follow-through too often for it to be chance.