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Last Updated: Monday, 12 September 2005, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Fifth Test ratings
BBC Sport runs the rule over both Ashes teams after England win the Ashes with a draw in the fifth and final Test at The Oval.

CAPTAINS

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan
After playing a terrible shot to gift his wicket away in the first innings, he looked in supreme form on Monday morning before edging McGrath.

He handled bowling changes well as captain but some of his tactics and field placings were overly defensive - especially when Giles was bowling.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting
Scored 35 as the Aussies tried to push for runs on the third evening, helping Hayden continue on his merry way.

His captaincy has once again looked suspicious - one glaring example was when he kept two men on the leg-side boundary for Pietersen in the over before lunch on the final day.

BATTING ORDER

Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick
Did all the groundwork by scoring 43 and 33 in his two innings before being deceived by the irrepressible Shane Warne in both innings .

His footwork against the seamers has become more assured and he will be pleased finally to have the measure of Glenn McGrath. Dropped one hard chance.

Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden
One more failure could possibly have ended his Test career and even after top-scoring with 138 he is not out of the woods yet.

Needed to score his runs slowly as he felt his way back into form, and that was the one saving grace for England.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss
A sublime century, his second of the series, held the first innings together. Without it, England would have probably been beaten.

Added a slip catch in appalling light on Sunday when everyone else was dropping the close catches and was unlucky to have to bat - and get out - in similar gloom.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer
Was the more fluent batsman in an opening partnership with Hayden in which both men scored excellent centuries.

Given that overhead conditions were not ideal, and that the bowlers could stay fresh with so many rain breaks, his concentration was excellent

Ian Bell
Ian Bell
The Warwickshire youngster failed to garner a run in either innings and will need some good performances in the winter to show he can stand the heat of Test cricket.

Seems to make up his mind too early about what to do with deliveries early in his innings, and against Australia you pay the price.

Damien Martyn
Damien Martyn
He had already been given not out after clearly hitting a catch to Jones off Flintoff before the same bowler got him with a short-pitched ball the following morning.

His body language looks all wrong at the moment and he is playing like a man in fear of his place in the side.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
Dropped on 0, 15 and 60, Pietersen made the Australians pay with some murderous hitting either side of lunch on what was an otherwise tension-filled day with so much nerves shown by both sides.

After a couple of quiet Tests, he was due a score - but to pick this of all Test matches to score a maiden century was quite brilliant. Ended the series as England's leading runs scorer.

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke
Was dropped twice off the bowling of Hoggard as he and Flintoff produced their memorable double act on Sunday morning.

But he failed to make amends and after a fast start his shots dried up before he was dismissed lbw.

Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff
His astonishing bowling performance on the fourth morning gave him a five-wicket haul and he hit a vital 72 on the first day too - another superlative performance from him.

Yes, he did drop a catch on Sunday and also threw away his wicket a little bit on the last day, just before lunch. But he is only human.

Simon Katich
Simon Katich
One of four Aussie left-handers to be trapped lbw by England's seamers during Sunday morning.

Can be excused in some ways due to the poor light and the extravagant movement on offer. That won't be much consolation to him, though.

Paul Collingwood
Got a bad decision when dismissed cheaply on the first day, before battling gamely in a partnership with Pietersen worth 60 on the final day.

Was given just four overs with the ball, when a catch was dropped off his bowling, and his fielding was good, but we expected that.

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist
His skittish 23 on Sunday was symptomatic of his batting all series - some attractive shots but not enough substance.

Took a blinding catch to remove Vaughan on the final day before dropping Pietersen on nought. How that cost the Aussies!

Geraint Jones
Geraint Jones
Dropped yet another routine catch on Sunday and made scores of 25 and 1, though he got horrible balls in each innings and was clean bowled.

His low standard of wicket-keeping continues to grate. He does get runs from time to time but does he still merit a place in this England side?

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
The outstanding bowler in the match by some distance - but one has come to expect special performances from Warne as a matter of routine.

His only blemish was dropping Pietersen at first slip before lunch on the final day - a routine offering when the batsman had made just 15.

Ashley Giles
Ashley Giles
Hit 32 vital runs in England's first innings and recovered after being hit for two sixes in his first over.
Produced some important defiance while batting late on the final day with Pietersen and recorded his fourth Test fifty. No wickets, however.

Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Given a bouncy wicket to showcase his skills, but like Harmison he fluffed his lines and will return home to lick his wounds.

Really given the treatment by Pietersen just after lunch when the contest finally began to tilt towards England for the final time.

Matthew Hoggard
Matthew Hoggard
Feeding off the passion of Flintoff, Hoggy really produced the goods on Sunday morning, with an awesome spell of four wickets.

Had Clarke dropped twice before brilliantly trapping him lbw with the surprise ball - the one that didn't swing.

Glenn McGrath
Glen McGrath
Rattled England's cages hard when dismissing Vaughan and Bell from consecutive balls on the final morning.

When umpire Billy Bowden correctly adjudged Pietersen not out off the hat-trick ball, however, McGrath's impact steadily diminished.

Steve Harmison
Steve Harmison
After three quiet Tests, was expected to bounce back with some big wickets on this bouncy wicket, but generally disappointed once again.

At least he got the ball rolling for the rest of England's bowlers with the wicket of Justin Langer to end that long opening partnership for Australia.

Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait
A wicket in each innings for the raw paceman in a match which has come early in his career, perhaps too early.

He has much to offer, but one area where he will have to sharpen up is his fielding. For a fit, young man he is a shambles

OVERALL: ENGLAND 73 - 62 AUSTRALIA




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