England player ratings: Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow lead the way after starring role in series sweep

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow get top marks, but how did the others score after an exciting series over New Zealand? Watch the rescheduled fifth test against India from 9.30am on Friday (game starts at 10.30am) on Sky Sports Cricket

Jonny Bairstow is top of the class after his consecutive hundreds

The ‘Bazball’ era is here, and England are a team transformed! It’s been a perfect start under the new regime with Test world champions New Zealand sweeping 3-0, but how did Brendon McCullum’s charges fare individually?

Alex Lees – 6
169 runs @ 28.16, one fifty, HS 67

The Durham southpaw has been seen as a different player than the one who made his test debut in the Caribbean earlier in the year. Since the second inning at Lord’s, he has hit positively and has begun to look more and more comfortable at this level. He led England to a midfielder in pursuit at Trent Bridge and recorded his maiden fifty, but will soon be looking for a big score to really cement his place. A jaffa from Trent Boult and a disappointing run meant it was a quiet end to the series.

Zak Crawley – 3
87 runs @ 14.50, HS 43

McCullum described Crawley as a “rare talent” at the end of the Headingley Test and he appears set to keep his place for the Test against India, but the Kent starter needs to start turning that talent into runs soon after another disappointing series. All the shots are there, but choosing when to play them is still an issue, and his enthusiasm for driving has proven to be a problem area lately.

ollie daddy – 8
267 runs @ 44.50, one hundred, one hundred and fifty, HS 145

Pulled aside and promoted to No. 3, Pope has responded well to the challenge presented by McCullum and Ben Stokes. After a shaky start at Lord’s, he scored a wonderful early-innings century at Trent Bridge and, although he fell short of a third Test hundred, his second-innings 82 shot at Leeds was perhaps even more impressive. A very encouraging start to life in his new position for England’s brightest batting talent since Joe Root.

Joe Root – 10
396 runs @ 99.00, two hundred, one fifty, HS 176

What more can be said? Having relinquished the captaincy, Root’s role on the team has been simplified to scoring runs, and he continues to do so at an astonishing rate. A century at Lord’s, the first in the fourth inning of a Test match, got the new era off to a winning start, another back to back at Nottingham and if Bairstow hadn’t been in such a hurry on day five at Headingley, there’s every chance that he would have notched a third. A sublime player in sublime form.

Jonny Bairstow – 10
394 runs @ 78.80, two hundred, one fifty, HS 162

In the space of a couple of weeks, Bairstow played two of the most remarkable innings you could ever want to see. What happened at Trent Bridge was amazing. England were destined to meet her heading into the final session of the match, and a further 160 were needed to win. Instead, they were celebrating 16 overs later after Bairstow’s brutal attack: seven sixes, a century from just 77 balls, and finally dismissed for 136 from 92 balls.

Zak Crawley struggled, but Brendon McCullum stood by him late in the series.

To Headingley, his homeland, and somehow managed to match it. He came on for England 17-3, which soon became 55-6, but he didn’t blink. This time there were no sixes, but 24 limits in a stunning 162-for-157 shot, catapulting England out of a hole with such force that New Zealand fell into it. Not satisfied with that, he thrashed England’s second fastest Test fifty to finish the series in style.

Ben Stokes – 8
194 runs @ 48.50, two fifty, HS 75th; three wickets @ 75, BBI 2-85

Three games in life as England Test captain and Stokes seems like a natural. Putting his batting and bowling aside for a moment, he has hardly put a foot wrong in his captaincy. His plans have been clear, there have been inspired bowling changes and he hasn’t been afraid to change things if necessary.

With bat, ball and on the field he has kept his word. England does not have

fled from danger, they have attacked him head-on. Stokes did his part with the bat, scoring a crucial fifty points in the chase at Lord’s and then topping the line with an unbeaten 75 at Trent Bridge. The only minor criticism would be his reluctance to cast himself at times, but with three wins out of three, he could rightly argue that he knew better!

Ben Foakes – 7
107 runs @ 35.66, one fifty, HS 56; 12 catches

Back in his prime with the gloves after an unusually sloppy series at the West Indies, Foakes also made his mark with the bat. Root grabbed the headlines at Lord’s, but Foakes was there with him to help lead the team to their goal and backed up that encouraging blow with a half century well done in the second Test, and was there again at the end of the chase. He will hope to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak that saw him pulled midway through the series finale in time to reclaim his place against India.

James Overton – 7
97 runs @ 97; two wickets @ 73.00, BBI 1-61

Brought in to debut in the final Test of the series, no one expected that it was Overton’s hitting that would draw the most attention. He played brilliantly in an England record 241-run stand for seventh wicket and fell woefully short of the century that those within Headingley wanted him to reach. On the ball, he was more of a mixed bag with an understandable nervous spell on the first morning before a more solid performance from there.

Matthew Potts – 8
14 wickets @ 23.28, BBI 4-13

A series of injuries to England’s seam bowlers gave Potts his chance and it’s hard to see what else he could have done throughout the series. A dream debut at Lord’s saw him claim Kane Williamson as his first Proving Ground, and fire him twice more before he finished the series, and he hasn’t looked back. The 23-year-old Durham pacemaker was arguably England’s bowlers’ choice at Leeds and the skill, consistency and intelligence with which he bowled in all three matches should be enough to excite fans in the future. .

Broad Stuart – 7
12 wickets @ 35.35, BBI 3-62

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