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Jason Roy

18 runs at 6.00, HS 13

It just didn’t happen for Roy, he was given his captain’s full backing coming into the tournament, and I think initially, England were right to stick with him. But there’s only so long your past triumphs can mask your present failures, and after three more low scores, England were forced to make the change. Time will tell how Bairstow slots in as an opener (England aren't back in ODI action until September 19) but Roy will hope to get a chance to rediscover some form in the South Africa T20 series.


Alex Hales

164 runs at 41.00, HS 95

Hales has been superb at the top of the order over the past few years, he was effectively England’s lone opener in the group stage. His tournament opened in style but faded as it went on. His 95 against Bangladesh was a joy to watch, it only came to an end when he looked to bring up his century with back-to-back sixes. Foolish or selfless? Hales doesn’t seem to be the sort that bases shots on milestones, if it’s there to be hit, whether he’s on 0 or 99, he’ll have a go. After scoring 56 against New Zealand, the fireworks fizzled out with a duck against Australia and 13 in the Pakistan defeat, but those big runs in the first two matches went a long way to putting England through with a game to spare.


Jonny Bairstow 

43 runs at 43.00, HS 43

Brought into the side, opening for the first time, his 43 was certainly not chanceless but he found a way to put runs on the board, something Roy had failed to do in three innings. Bairstow’s talents are difficult to ignore and you’d expect him to get an extended run in the side although England have no ODI cricket until September 19.


Joe Root 

258 runs at 86.00, HS 133*

England’s top run-scorer.

Batting at first drop, Root has found himself meeting Hales in the middle far sooner than England would have liked. He was imperious against Bangladesh at The Oval. He will no doubt be disappointed that against New Zealand (64) and Bangladesh (46) he didn’t convert those scores into hundreds. More so than ever against Pakistan, Root’s wicket triggered a collapse of eight for 83.


Eoin Morgan 

208 runs at 69.33, HS 87

Inexcusably underrated in recent times, Morgan, perhaps more than anyone, can take responsibility for England’s white-ball transformation. Only Root (258) scored more than the captain (208), and no other England player scored more sixes (seven). A composed 75* in the opener saw England coast past Bangladesh, and his 87 against Australia was counter-attacking cricket of the highest level, unlucky to miss out on a century that day.


Ben Stokes

184 runs at 92.00, HS 102*; three wickets, best figures 1 for 42, economy rate 7.14

Stokes followed up a useful 48 against New Zealand with a blistering innings at Edgbaston to send Australia home. England were 35 for 3 when he and Morgan stepped on the gas, Stokes finished the day 102 not out, it was his second ODI hundred in three innings. That incandescent knock was followed up with an uncharacteristically sedate effort against Pakistan in the semi-final.


Jos Buttler

94 runs at 94.00, HS 61*; three catches, two stumpings

Sometimes considered a luxury player, Buttler showed another side to his game (initially) against New Zealand, marshalling the back-end of the innings before the handbrake was released - he 24 deliveries to register his first boundary. The scoop off Trent Boult launched skyward, towards the lone cameraman at the Taff End the highlight. He dismissed Milne over long-off baseball style the following over and finished with 61 from 48 and guiding England beyond 300 having been 240 for 6 in the 42nd over. He was not alone, but Buttler didn’t fire when England needed him in the semi-final.


Moeen Ali

No wickets, economy rate 5.26; 23 runs at 11.50, HS 12

Moeen failed to make much of an imprint on this tournament, not taking a single wicket and his lack of runs from No.7 was disappointing. Moeen bowled the fewest overs of all England’s attack, sending down only 15 overs compared to Adil Rashid’s 30.


Adil Rashid 

Seven wickets, best figures 4 for 41, economy rate 4.73; 19 runs at 9.50, HS 12

It’s easy to forget Rashid wasn’t picked for the opener at The Oval but England were forced to shuffle the pack when Chris Woakes was ruled out. Rashid took the opportunity claiming seven wickets including an impressive display against Australia. Taking 4 for 41 against Steve Smith’s team, the spinner didn’t give up a single boundary or extra in his 10 overs. In three matches, Rashid only gave up seven boundaries from 180 deliveries.


Liam Plunkett

Eight wickets, best figures 4 for 55, economy rate 5.85; 24 runs at 12.00, HS 15

Plunkett has 28 ODI wickets at 21.21 since the start of the year and has become an important fixture in England’s pace battery. The Yorkshireman enjoyed a bountiful opening with four-fors against Bangladesh and New Zealand before the wickets dried up.

His 49-run partnership with Buttler against New Zealand should not go unnoticed. With Ball and Wood unlikely to stick around, his stand was vital in England getting over 300.


Mark Wood

Five wickets, best figures 4 for 33, economy rate 4.32; 3 runs at 1.50 HS 3

I singled him out as the key to England’s hopes in this tournament, and Wood delivered emphatically in spells. He was key in those sticky middle overs, when teams were set, England reeled them in. Wood’s wicket taking - in particular of teams’ best batsmen - was crucial to that.

Five wickets in four matches doesn’t leap out at you, but the names of those he removed will: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa. Other than Zampa – who has made more headlines for his hair – Wood’s wickets are of batsmen capable of destroying attacks.

The delivery to remove Williamson was a rapid, rising dart that reared up surprising the batsman, took the thumb of the Blackcap skipper, Kane was set and may well have gone on to take the game from England if it weren’t for Wood.

In the semi-final Wood had Azhar Ali in all sorts of bother early on, beating the bat numerous times, but Azhar survived and England’s hopes faded.


Jake Ball

Four wickets, best figures 2 for 31, economy rate 6.02; 2 runs at 2.00, HS 2

One thing you can say about Ball, is he has, well… cojones. His game is marked with a mix of excellent and poor spells. He opened the tournament going for 8.20 an over against Bangladesh before delivering a superb response against New Zealand. He didn’t concede a run off the bat until his 18th delivery. A highly redeeming-performance, repaying the faith his captain had shown by handing him the new nut. His delivery to bowl Luke Ronchi through the gate first ball was a thing of beauty.

Ball might not have featured quite so much if Woakes had remained fit, but as it was, The Notts man has probably nailed down his spot for now ahead of Steven Finn and David Willey.


Chris Woakes

Such a shame for Woakes who had just enjoyed a spell in the IPL honing his white-ball skills. He has been incredibly impressive with bat and ball in both red and white-ball cricket for England over the past year. England will hope to have him fit and firing this summer, and more importantly ahead of the Ashes campaign in November.