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Sunday, 23 December, 2001, 11:09 GMT
England player ratings
BBC Sport cricket reporter Pat Murphy marks the performances of the England squad in India.
Outstanding on and off the field. Popular with Indian cricket fans because of his background, shrewd public relations skills and tactical nous.
Never any doubt who was in charge of the side. Batted bravely and his high-risk strategy against the spinners was justified.
Continues to impress with his uncomplicated approach to opening. Unlucky to miss out with 99 in Ahmedabad but rationalised it maturely. Aware that he needs to start converting 70s and 80s into hundreds, but learning all the time.
Three tours on the sub-continent in the past 12 months have been invaluable in developing his technique against spin. Increasingly influential and respected in the dressing-room and admired by the coach Duncan Fletcher, he is the heir apparent to Hussain as captain.
Confounded those who doubted his aptitude against spin by working hard in the nets before the tour started and gritting it out, eliminating strokes that have got him out in the past.
His 92 in the Ahmedabad Test, battling against a sapping virus and the heat and dust, was a sterling effort.
Determined to rid himself of the tag of England's unluckiest current cricketer, he took his chance after Thorpe's early departure. Batted beautifully in Bangalore and his dismissal 'handled the ball' was not only bizarre, but ill-timed as a hundred looked there for the taking.
Strong-minded and mature, an excellent bridge between the younger players and the seniors. Certain to be part of the furniture, he is bound to have a clear run soon that is injury-free.
Looked so comfortable, especially against the spinners, that it was a surprise whenever he got out. His experience of playing on the sub-continent stood him in good stead and he was ever-willing to pass on tips to the younger batsmen.
Fielded brilliantly and looks at home in the England set-up at last, after years of frustration. Now looks a fixture in the side, as he should be. The best technique of all the England batsmen.
Looked out-of-sorts during his short spell in India and it was a merciful release for both the squad and for Thorpe when he elected to go home to attend to personal problems on the eve of the second Test.
At his best, he would have strengthened the batting in the last two Tests. His 62 at Chandighar underlined his class and technique.
One of the most popular players in the England dressing-room, his first Test hundred at Ahmedabad was rapturously received and his work against the spinners was well-organised and aggressive.
By his own admission, he has lost the pace that was so effective over the last two years at Test level and now has to work at being a stock bowler, backing up the three strike bowlers.
His goal must be to bat at six and do a job with the ball. Cheerful and unassuming, he remains the perfect team man.
Still an enigma, a top score of 42 in 12 Tests is a poor return for his talent. So much potential with the bat, he is aware that he needs to work out a more effective way of playing spin.
Needs to play defensively with softer hands, and not to push at the ball, while biding his time for selective strokes. Could eventually be a devastating Test batsman and he knows what he has to do.
His bowling has improved markedly under a stricter fitness regime - he was the fastest bowler in the squad - and his attitude is more thoughtful.
Like Richard Dawson, a sound investment for the future. Showed great character to bounce back after his poor Test debut on either side of the stumps at Chandigarh.
A good front-foot batsman, he had the nous to eliminate the sweep shot and batted capably in the last two Tests. His stumping of Sachin Tendulkar in Bangalore will remain a highlight in a long England career.
If only he had been fit for the First Test! Justified his own self-belief and support of the management that he would recover in time from his achilles operation by bowling superbly in the second Test.
His height gave him bounce on the slow pitches. His dismissal of Tendulkar in Bangalore vindicated his negative tactics outside leg stump, but drastically reduced his wicket-taking potential in that Test.
Impressively mature for a 21-year-old, particularly in his Test debut at Chandighar, where he just missed out on five wickets in the first innings.
Suffered at the hands of Sachin Tendulkar but thrilled to dismiss him in Ahmedabad. A definite plus for the future, he will soon bat higher on merit.
The most consistent bowler on the trip, his figures didn't do him justice. Kept going all day on unresponsive pitches and swung the ball successfully in Bangalore.
Willing to try variations - slower ball, off-cutter - and outwitted Tendulkar at Ahmedabad with a clever change of pace. A genuine foil now to Darren Gough and Andy Caddick. He also worked hard at his batting.
Bowled capably enough in the First Test, when operating to a plan. Once Ashley Giles was passed fit, he wasn't going to feature unless injuries came along.
Excellent team man who relished every minute of his late call-up to England duty.
Enjoyed hugely the times when he fielded as substitute in the Tests and savoured the typically sharp catch he took at slip in Ahmedabad.
Limited to just one match in Jaipur, where he took three for five in his first three overs, but was overlooked in favour of Jimmy Ormond for the first Test.
After that, he was out of the frame. One of the casualties of the truncated itinerary.
Usman Afzaal and Warren Hegg
Didn't play a single game between them. Afzaal was thwarted by the presence of Thorpe and Vaughan, while Hegg couldn't displace Foster behind the stumps.
But both players showed no outward signs of their frustrations, putting in long supportive spells in the nets and doing 12th man duties enthusiastically.
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