England ODI player series ratings: Who stepped up against Australia and who has work to do?

England brought their summer to a close with a 2-1 series defeat to Australia - Scyld Berry takes a look at how the home players fared

After a quieter time in the Tests, Archer thrived again in the shorter format
After a quieter time in the Tests, Archer thrived again in the shorter format Credit: PA

England suffered their first ODI series defeat at home for five years but the summer-ending clash with Australia provided plenty of highs and lows and no shortage of entertainment. Who shone brightest for England and who will be musing over this series heading into the winter?

Jason Roy

Did little to keep the growing threat of Tom Banton in the field and at the top of the order at bay. Still hungry? 4/10

Jonny Bairstow

Grew in ODI stature by making his runs at the most difficult times and no longer in the wake of Jason Roy. Superlative hundred. 9/10

Joe Root

Could not provide the technical glue England needed against Australia's hostile new ball bowling, but ripped his offbreaks alright. 5/10

Eoin Morgan

Inspired as a captain with a golden touch, and batting as well as he ever has, though without a major innings. 8/10

Despite the lack of a big innings, Morgan has been invaluable again Credit: AFP

Jos Buttler

Kept well but could not switch his batting back on after his justified break, and mustered only 12 runs. 5/10

Sam Billings

Making a permanent niche at 6 in 50- if not 20-over internationals as a finisher. England’s best fielder in this series too, culminating in Labuschagne run-out. 8/10

Chris Woakes

Such a dependable performer with bat and ball, a rare combination. If Australia had been astute, they would have bounced him. 9/10

Tom Curran

His batting potential used to be wasted but not any more. Not a complete successor to Liam Plunkett yet, but has begun to bash out a heavy length. 6/10

Adil Rashid

Good all-round contribution, and he strikes every 5-6 overs, but maybe bowled a little too slowly, especially with a short legside. 7/10 

Jofra Archer

Back to his quickest and best with new white balls - player of the match in game two - after quiet Tests as third seamer. 8/10

Mark Wood

Never going to be omnipresent but always worth a place when fit. In game three he bowled even faster than Archer, touching 93 mph. 7/10

Moeen Ali

Has taken 85 wickets in 106 ODIs at an average of 50. Has to be more of a wicket-taker or batsman to keep his place. 4/10

Sam Curran

Splendid evolution to go from new-ball swing bowler to England's death bowler, a la Starc, for the last six overs from one end in second game. 7/10