Right, I'm looking at no stats or scorecards here, so it's from memory and such like. Haven't watched the entire series for obvious reasons, but saw as much as I could, and more than I should have really, given my work hours and hatred to see my boys lose.
MEK Hussey: 9/10 - Let's just say I would give Flintoff 9 for last year's performance, this is high praise. He's Australian, but hell, he's likeable, very likeable, and so good. Obviously he has impressed in ODIs for sometime now, and had a good Australian summer, but for me this was the confirmation that he is one of the world's best; glad he never played last year, for obvious reasons....
RT Ponting: 9/10. As has been said, not as good in the last few Tests, but he'd made his mark by then. Whatever you think of him as a person, you have to admire him as a great, an absolute great. His captaincy was greatly imrpoved from 05 as well, in keeping with other series since then.
MJ Clarke: 8/10. Very impressive, expect to see him in Australian teams for a long time. mad to think he would not have played but for Watson's injury.
A Symonds: 7/10. Haven't changed my opinion on him much, but his two wickets were at a crucial time, and but for his century there's a chance it might have been 4-1, not 5-0. Probably wouldn't have, but that partnership with Hayden was the reason there was an innigns victory at the MCG.
ML Hayden: 6.5/10 - Looked better as time went on, but I do feel his best days are behind him.
SK Warne: 8/10 - Stuart Clark's form and McGrath's everpresentness meant less of an onus on Warney, but still performed as you would expect. The only minus points for him are really his poor figures in the 1st dig at Adelaide, and his negative bowling to KP in that match. Absolute legend, natioanlity aside one of my favourite Cricketers, he shall be missed more than any other Cricketer of his generation upon their retirements.
AC Gilchrist: 6/10 - Marvellous ton, and good in parts, but Gilcrhist's best days are well gone with the bat. Hopefully he'll retire soon.
JL Langer: 6.5/10. Best days behind him, and he obviously recognises this. I have a lot of respect and time for Justin Langer; can't help but feel he'll be missed more than people expect.
B Lee: 6.5/10 - Bowled like an Englishman at first, and bowled very well towards the end - but for me this sums Brett Lee up.
SR Clark: 9/10. Should have got MOTS. Marvellous - like Hussey, I can't help but feel glad he never got picked last year, especially as I rememebr reading that he'd been called up at some point. Is this correct?
DR Martyn: 5/10 - Poor, but never got going, and, rightly, retired gracefully.
GD McGrath: 8/10 - Not like the McGrath of olf, but nonetheless, still better than most. It's a shame he's retired as a Cricket fan, but as an Englishman I can't stand the guy
(tongue is in cheek, guys)
Strauss - 5/10 - Disappointing. I, and many others, expected big things from Strauss this winter, and I can't help but feel he never got started. I think his HS was 50, which is shocking really, but I don't think it tells us anything about him as a player, and he'll come out of this. e should be skipper when Vaughan retires, for sure.
Cook - 5/10 - would be lower but for his ton. Disappointing on the whole, but showed potential at points, and I reckon next time we play Aus, he'll be our dangerman.
Bell 6/10 - Patchy. Failed to convert his 50s into 100s, not close to his performances against Pakistan, but a lot better than his previous effort against Australia, and I daresay better than some people expected.
Pietersen 8.5/10 - Our best player by a country mile. Deserved to be on the winning side, and it's utter bollocks to suggest he isn't a team player. I think he only made one ton, but he always seemed to be the one hanging in there, and he averages over 50 against Australia, after 10 Tests, only 2 of which was he on the winning side; there aren't many players who can make such a claim against such a good side.
Collingwood - 6.5/10 - May seem harsh that he only scores .5 more than Bell, but he really did fade post-Adelaide. Marvellous innings at Adelaide though, and a good fighting effort at Brisbane too. He was disappointing a lot of the time though.
Flintoff - 5/10 - Some may see this mark as generous, but I felt his bowling was unlucky a lot of the time. His captaincy wasn't up to scratch though, and his batting just wasn't like Flintoff. He surely will come back from this disappointment, and the first step in that is to free him from captaincy; I will maintain that without it, he is the world's finest Cricketer.
G Jones -2/10 - Looked in decent nick at Brisbane (decent is maybe generous) but got himself out, as usual, and never looked forwards from there. His keeping his top notch these days, but it's irrelevant, I'd have Harmison ahead of him in the order on current form.
Read 5/10 - Inconsistent with the bat, and decent with the gloves. Nothing more or less than anyone expected really.
Giles - 3/10 - Even though noone really wanted him in the side, we did expect better bowling than what he came up with; facts are that he simply wasn't ready. His batting was as you would expect, as for his fielding being better than Panesar's; I don't think we'd have lost for Adelaide but for Giles' drop of Ponting, Panesar dropped nothing (or nothing when I was watching anyway)
Mahmood - 4/10 - Bowled okay at the MCG (I think), but nothing better than that, dire with the bat, and some dire fielding cost us a wicket that might, but probably wouldn't, have made a difference at Sydney.
Hoggard - 7/10 - Our second best, after KP. His figures don't do him justice, he bowled very well. Unlucky to be amongst such medicority tbh.
Harmison - 4/10 - Got better and better as the series went on, to the point of being acceptable by Sydney. Very disappointing. His first ball was summaticof the series.
Anderson - 5/10 - Looked good at Sydney I reckon, but dire in the other two games. Simply not ready. He'll come back much stronger than this, I have no doubt that Anderson is a fine bowler.
Panesar 7/10 - Good first dig at perth, then not really up to much, though his figures didn't do him justice at Sydney. Still a great prospect.
My Ashes XI
TBF, Lee probably deserves a spot more than Hoggy, but eff that
EDIT - apologies if there is some shoody typing in here. I have had a few beverages, and my coordination is shot. I deleted all errors I spooted, but y'know how it is.