England have been well beaten in the 5 match bilateral series; despite taking 1-0 and 2-1 leads in it, England have been thrashed in the last two matches of the series with England being both unable to chase todays total of 224 and 185 on Thursday.
So how did Englands players fair throughout the series?
Roy came into this series under significant pressure of his place after a poor 2020, with rumours of Alex Hales returning, Roy will have been feeling the pressure. Whilst definitely not at his free flowing best, with some painful attempts at the reverse sweep; 3 scores of over 40; averaging 28.8 at a strike rate of 130 has silenced most doubters for the time being
Averaged 43 striking at 147; high score 83*. He's decent.
Cricket twitters pariah, the media have their knives out for Dawid, despite averaging over 50 and a strike rate over 140, he's everyone's man to hate and with a very quiet first four T20s and taking a battering from different sections online, Malan faced significant pressure not only for his low scores, but also his slow starts. As much reported, he scores about a run a ball in the powerplay and is seen to be wasting the oppurtunity. Today Malan stepped up today chasing the mammoth total of 224 by pillaging 18 from Pandyas first over and hitting a top scoring 68 off 46.
He still averages over 50 and strikes over 145. The agenda against him, is ridiculous at this point.
Two not outs in chases for Bairstow who has slotted into his role at number 4 well, averaging just shy of 40 for the series and striking at 137 is an excellent return
A dire series with the bat averaging 11 and scoring at 110.0; a truly dismal return for the England captain. That combined with some questionable captaincy and management of bowlers and the lack of rotation of the side being at least in part his call. This was a very poor series from Morgan
Big questions before this series were for Stokes. He has a distinctly average T20I CV and given he will not open for England given the competition, its his role to be a finisher. One innings of note for the series 46 off 23, came when the third wicket fell in the 9th over. His other innings read 24 off 21 and 14 off 12. Ben Stokes is not a finisher and other options should be pursued if Stokes isn't batting at the top of the order.
With ball in hand, again Stokes has a average CV and he performed averagely, taking 3 wickets at an average of 35.3 and an economy rate of 8.8, the second worst of any player to play more than one match.
For all his IPL heroism, Sam Curran has not made the England number 7 jersey his after this series. Often bowling only a solitary over; when bowled more he performed well including 1-22 off 4 overs, however not being entrusted with the ball more and being flailed in todays final T20 for 11 off his over and 16 in the 4th T20. Much more is needed from Curran to make him the undroppable man. With Moeen Ali sidelined for the entire series by the lack of rotation and the forgotten man, David Willey sat at home, much doubt over his spot will continue.
He did not get enough of a chance with the bat to be rated on; perhaps a missed trick by England using him as a pinch hitter as he often does for CSK.
7 wickets at 22.14 an economy rate of 7.75 the best of the English bowlers; another excellent return. His elbow, requiring an injection today is of great concern.
Sorry CJ, but for England's record T20I wicket taker this was a dire performance 4 wickets at 49 and an economy rate of 10.51 makes for him being the most expensive bowler to play more than one match. Despite being a stalwart of this England side, his record is increasingly poor and his record certainly in India and in the IPL is very poor and England would have done better to look at alternatives for death bowling specialists such as Tymal Mills.
No longer a first team choice, Curran showed exactly what we've seen over the last year or so; all the skills to make an elite bowler but none of the execution 2 overs bowled 26 runs conceded. Another player who could not be too surprised if dropped for other options.
Fearsomly fast, but in the past often expensive. Wood had an excellent series, despite being mauled by Rohit Sharma today. 5 wickets including wickets in the powerplay at an economy rate of just over 8. Wood showed his worth this series as a genuine wicket taker who is also capable of keeping it tight including his 1 for 25 off 4 overs in the 4th T20I.
Another excellent series for Rashid; now being used in the powerplay as well as the middle overs to great effect; an economy rate of 7.78 is an excellent return for the leg spinner and continues to show his worth in white ball cricket. The concern for England is if Rashid is injured, just how big a whole that leaves in the XI.