Warwickshire's Ian Bell and Ashley Giles are among the England cricketers to win recognition for their Ashes triumph in the New Year's Honour's List.

The pair and all their teammates have been awarded MBEs for their part in the defeat of Australia, ending a winless sequence that dated back to 1987.

It completes a remarkable year for both players. Ian Bell, who is still only 23, has developed from county starlet to England regular - he was the side's most successful batsman in Pakistan - while 32-year-old Giles has experienced a gamut of emotions over the past 12 months. Lampooned after the first Ashes Test, he fought back to more than justify his position as England's premier spinner.

Although neither player can boast great statistics from the series (Bell averaged 17 with the bat and Giles 57 with the ball), all cricket lovers know that numbers can only ever tell part of the story.

Bell clung on to eight catches - more than anyone other than the wicketkeeper - and compiled two half-centuries, while Giles struck the winning runs in a breathless finish at Trent Bride and weighed in with some key wickets, especially at Edgbaston.

Durham's Paul Collingwood, who scored 17 in two innings, is perhaps the one man who can consider himself somewhat fortunate, but it would have be churlish to leave anyone out. It was a team performance and the team deserve their reward.

Their captain and coach (Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher respectively) as well as tour manager (former Worcester captain and Warwickshire coach Phil Neale) and chairman of selectors (David Graveney) all receive OBEs. England's women's captain Clare Connor receives the same in recognition of taking the women's version of the Ashes which, if anything, was even more of an achievement. The Australian women had not lost a series for 42 years.

Andrew Flintoff, who was recently voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his part in the victory, said: "When you start playing you do it for enjoyment and if you progress you hope to play for England one day. But to win the Ashes and then get an MBE for doing it is something else entirely.

"It's a shock, to be honest. I'm pleased the whole team have got one because throughout the Ashes there was somebody different contributing at different times.

"I started the year on crutches just hoping and praying that I would be fit enough to play in the Ashes so to win the series was just incredible.