Andrew Strauss – Betrayed as much anger with his team as he ever will, after the complacent defeat in the Second ODI; then showed what was required with a very solid 154 in the Third ODI to seal the series. Will be pleased to be striking at well over a run a ball and to have hit 33 boundaries from just over 200 balls received – but the bowling is about to get a lot less friendly in the rest of 2010.
Craig Kieswetter – Down to earth with a bump after his heroics in the World Twenty20, he failed to deliver on his “hit ‘em over the top” brief in the powerplays. That will happen from time to time so he, and the selectors, need to show patience and cash in when it is his day.
Jonathan Trott – Two excellent knocks, playing proper shots and pacing his innings well. Couldn’t quite rescue England’s poor display in the Second ODI, but that was hardly his fault. Has a bit of a look of David Boon about him – old-fashioned, plays at his own pace and lets others do likewise around him.
Colly- Like Kieswetter, a little flat after World T20 heroics. Won’t be worried about his batting – but might be if Aamir Mohammad and friends get into him – and will be pleased to see that his cutters are still effective in English conditions.
Eoin Morgan – Due a quiet series and had one.
Luke Wright – Still can’t find a straightforward role with bat or ball, he has the very tough job of delivering only if others are out early or England need a extra bowler. Might be the one all-rounder too many when the opposition improve.
Michael Yardy – Like Luke Wright, needs a more clearly defined role, but his hard-to-hit darts and nous with the bat probably put him ahead of his fellow bits and pieces man down the order.
Ravi Bopara – Seized his chance with eye-catching hitting and cheap wickets, but we all know he is capable of looking very good against less than top class opposition. Will he stay in the side for the bigger challenges to come? Might be our Shane Watson, coming good after a few false starts or might be the Mark Ramprakash of his generation.
Tim Bresnan – Looks comfortable in international cricket, but are England’s fans and selectors comfortable with him? Looks a little short of class, but has plenty of heart and likely to be a key member of England’s one-day set-up for the next few years, even if he doesn’t play when everyone is fit.
Stuart Broad – Full of trademark aggression, if somewhat wasted on lower-order batsmen in games already won, he uses the short ball well as an enforcer outside the powerplays. Still not getting wickets as consistently as he would like. At just turned 24, he was the most experienced bowler in the deciding ODI.
Ajmal Shahzad – Looks likely to take a wicket with every ball, but also looks likely to be injured doing so. Has jumped at his chance in international cricket and may well have shouldered his way past the injured Graham Onions in the reckoning. Another exciting pace prospect produced by the much-maligned county game.
Jimmy Anderson – Expensive and possibly a touch under-motivated in yet another encounter with Bangladesh. England will need him firing against the mercurial Pakistanis and whoever it is we play in the winter.
Ian Bell – Played well, then got himself injured in a bit of a club cricketer’s fall. Showed heart that was much appreciated by the fans in coming out to bat in the Second ODI wearing a slightly ludicrous cast, but it wasn’t enough. Will be slightly anxious about his place in the XI if not in the squad.
James Tredwell – Solid English pro who needs a lot of those ahead of him to be injured or rested before he gets a game. Still ahead of Monty though and, sadly, likely to stay there.