The winners and losers of the international summer

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The winners

Angelo Mathews

He captained the Test side to a historic series victory in England for the first time. It capped a memorable period for Sri Lankan cricket following the successful world T20 campaign. Mathews captained the team assuredly and intelligently, as well as displaying guts and skill in equal measure when scoring 160 at Headingley to turn the match and series Sri Lanka's way.

Moeen Ali

When picked as the prime spinner in the test team, there was a loud audible sound - the media scoffing. Ali did much to mute that through accurate bowling, which resulted in him bowling England to victory in the fourth Test against India.

By no means a replacement for Swann, he bowled like a first choice spinner for much of the Test series. He also contributed a resilient knock against Sri Lanka, which may have ended in vain, but painted the picture of a player who is more than a bits and pieces cricketer.

He went on to show wristy flair in the ODI series against the Indians, hinting at a player to be depended upon in all forms of the game.

Gary Ballance

Showed the perfect temperament when playing in the whites for England averaging 70.4 over the course of seven Tests. Jonathan Trott left a mighty hole in the number three position, one that never looked close to being filled out in Australia. Ballance though, has made people stop missing the South African-born batsman with his consistent performances.

James Anderson

He was a shadow of the world-class player he was during the Ashes and will look forward to putting that right next summer. He stepped out of that darkness, ignoring the bickering with Jadeja, and strutted into the sunshine, picking up 25 Test wickets including India's supposed superstar batsman, Kohli.

He will become England's leading wicket taker during the upcoming Caribbean tour and is certainly England's finest bowler for a long, long time.

Joe Root

The scorer of England's latest ODI century had a terrific summer. He is turning into a dependable middle order batsman, something England have always craved, which was reflected by his batting average of more than 100 in the Tests against India. His batting has matured quickly and he has become a key player for England in all three forms of the game.

The losers

Virat Kohli

He played in 10 international matches and scored one half century. They are embarrassing statistics for a batsman, particularly when considering that his chief tormentor with the ball, Anderson, shares those same statistics bat in hand. He is still revered and adored by the masses of Indian fans, but will have a lot to prove next time he arrives on these shores.

Sam Robson

He made his debut for England and even scored a century in his maiden international summer, yet something is amiss. He looked incredibly out of his depth for the majority of international cricket he played and with the likes of Adam Lyth, who scored yet another century yesterday, and other county batsmen breathing down his neck, I would be surprised to see him back as first choice opener for a while yet.

Chris Jordan

Started the summer with a bang against Sri Lanka but it steadily descended into a whimper. Countless wides in a ODI stick in the memory, but he remains one of England's promising fast bowlers. If he can add more discipline to his bowling, he will become a regular for England for future years.

Matt Prior

Around two years ago he was the best wicketkeeper batsman around. With as much power as a boxer's right hook, Prior's punchy strokeplay contributed many runs and he backed it up with consistent wicketkeeping.

Fitness concerns and a complete lack of form culminated in a tame way, it would appear, end his career when he hooked a ball from Sharma straight to a fielder in the deep. I hope he can, just like Sharma's delivery, bounce quickly back into the Test side via aggressive knocks for Sussex like he was doing only 24 months ago. He has not thrown the towel in yet after all.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Arrived in England following some glorious knocks, yet failed to live up to his growing reputation, and performed poorly. Much like the rest of the Indian batting lineup one could point to inexperience, but it was disappointing not to see more of the young man.

His summer in England is not done yet and he will be plying his trade for Derbyshire in the County Championship. The county will just hope he has learnt from his mistakes for India and will weigh in with heavy runs.

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