Joe Root, Compton-Miller medal winner

Joe Root celebrates after winning the Ashes
Joe Root - the first man to win the Compton-Miller medal using Gunn & Moore equipment
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The Oval 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.

And although Gunn & Moore man Joe Root lost his grip on the number one Test batsman ranking, he was rewarded for his consistency during the series with the Compton-Miller medal, awarded to the player of the series.

He used his GM Six6 F4.5 DXM to good effect, scoring brilliant centuries at Cardiff and Trent Bridge as well as half-centuries at Cardiff and Edgbaston.

His 134 in the opening match set the tone for himself and England and he followed it up with 60 in the second innings to help England go 1-0 up.

Lord's was one to forget for both England and Root but he was back on form at Edgbaston, hitting 63 in the first innings as England went 2-1 up.

Root then outscored Australia by the end of day one in Trent Bridge, going on to hit 130 after the tourists crumbled to be all out for just 60 on day one. Ashes regained.

London was not a happy hunting ground for England in this series but nevertheless, Root had done enough to win the player-of-the-series medal after Australia took an innings win at The Oval.

In addition to 460 runs at an average of 57.50, he also grabbed four wickets - all of them coming at Cardiff.

There was also the catch that won the game in Cardiff, the Bob Willis impression in the dressing room and a light-hearted photo with David Warner at The Oval before he became the fifth Englishman to claim the medal.

Andrew Flintoff, Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell are the others and Root has now earned himself some rest as he will sit out the ODI series to come.

Australia must be relieved.

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