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Zak Crawley: 166 runs at 27.66 (3 Tests)

3/10. Called into the side for the Boxing Day Test. Finished with the best average of England’s three openers, which doesn’t say much about their options. His 77 at the SCG helped secured a draw.

Rory Burns: 77 runs at 12.83 (3 Tests)

1/10. Was bowled around his legs by Mitchell Starc on the opening ball of the series at the Gabba in a moment that set the tone. Found out technique-wise. Scored just four runs across three first innings digs.

Dawid Malan: 244 runs at 24.4 (5 Tests)

4/10. One of England’s best early on with two 80s in the first two Tests but fell away badly and didn’t pass 25 in the three games following.

Joe Root: 322 runs at 32.2 (5 Tests)

5/10. Was a painful tour for England’s best batter. Copped a delivery to the “lower abdomen” at training and had to deal with the new ball far too often for a No.4. Scored three half-centuries.

Ben Stokes: 236 runs at 23.6, 4 wickets at 71.5 (5 Tests)

3/10. Was a long way from his game-changing best. Didn’t bowl in the final match in Hobart due to a side strain and never really looked 100 per cent.

Ollie Pope: 67 runs at 11.16 (3 Tests)

2/10. Part of England’s first XI for the first two games but was dropped after Adelaide. Recalled for the fifth Test after injuries hit.

Sam Billings: five dismissals, 30 runs at 15 (1 Test)

3/10. Debuted after the end of his Big Bash League stint in Hobart following injuries to Jos Buttler and back-up option Jonny Bairstow. Was enthusiastic.

Chris Woakes: 6 wickets at 55.33 (3 Tests)

2/10. At home swinging the ball in England but didn’t have the tools to trouble Australia at home.

Mark Wood: 17 wickets at 26.64 (4 Tests)

8/10. Lion-hearted quick who was England’s most dangerous bowler. Picked up a career-best 6-37 in Hobart. Didn’t play the second Test in Adelaide when the series was alive.

Stuart Broad: 13 wickets at 26.3 (3 Tests)

7/10. Staggeringly left out of the first and second Tests. Good returns overall but 11 of his wickets came when the series was already lost.

Ollie Robinson: 11 wickets at 25.54 (4 Tests)

6/10. Respectable on paper but only sent down eight overs in the first innings at Blundstone Arena due to a back spasm. England’s bowling coach said he needs to get fitter.

Jonny Bairstow: 194 runs at 48.5 (2 Tests)

7/10. Scored England’s only century of the series in Sydney with a counter-attacking 113 after coming to the crease at 4-36.

Haseeb Hameed: 80 runs at 10 (4 Tests)

1/10. Kept his vest on in the Brisbane humidity and sweated plenty against the new ball. Dropped for the final match.

Jos Buttler: 12 dismissals, 107 runs at 15.28 ( 4 Tests)

2/10. Meek returns with the bat and was left red-faced after dropping some regulation catches.

Jimmy Anderson: 8 wickets at 23.37 (3 Tests)

7/10. Was a threat in what is almost certainly his last appearance on Australia shores. Along with Broad, England could have done with his services in the first Test.

Jack Leach: 6 wickets at 53.5 (3 Tests)

2/10. Was taken to the cleaners in Brisbane but ended his series on an adequate note with 4-84 at the SCG.

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