GM ambassador Joe Root was rewarded for his consistency during the Ashes series with the Compton-Miller medal, awarded to the player of the series.
He scored brilliant match-winning centuries at Cardiff and TrentBridge as well as half-centuries at Cardiff and Edgbaston.
In the opening match, he came to the crease with England at 43 for three and his 134 helped England post 430 – perhaps the only time all series that a team was able to recover from a bad start.
Another 60 in the second innings shored up England’s advantage which he followed with a brace of wickets and the winning catch to put England 1-0 up.
Whereas the Lord’s Ashes Test 2013 was one to remember, the 2015 was one to forget for both Root (1 and 17) and England, who were thumped by 405 runs.
His 63 in the first innings at Edgbaston backed up a dominant bowling performance and he improved on that at TrentBridge. After Australia were bowled out for 60, Root’s 130 put the game beyond Australia before the end of day one.
That innings lifted him to the top of the Test rankings before he scored just 17 runs at The Oval, where England struggled.
That Test appeared like it was one game too far for England, but they nevertheless capped a fine Test summer with a 3-2 Ashes win.
The player-of-the-series award is his, however, and he is the fifth Englishman to hold it after Andrew Flintoff, Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.