By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • England hold their nerve to beat West Indies by nine wickets at Lord’s
  • Victory earns England 2-1 series win after West Indies’ historic second Test triumph
  • Ben Stokes takes 6-22 and hits 60; James Anderson takes 9-73 in the match
LORD’S, ENGLAND – Outstanding performances from Ben Stokes and James Anderson guide England to victory in low-scoring series decider against the West Indies.

 

England

Alastair Cook – 2/10 – A game to forget for one of England’s greatest-ever batsmen. Scored 10 and 17 and dropped an easy slip catch in the first innings.

Mark Stoneman – 5/10 – Batted with authority and confidence to score unbeaten 40 during England’s successful fourth-innings chase. Out cheaply in the first innings.

Tom Westley – 5/10 – Hit his shots with uncharacteristic freedom in second innings knock of 44 not out which may be enough to earn an Ashes spot. Out for 8 in the first innings.

Joe Root – 5/10 – Out for just 1 in his only innings during the match, but set intelligent fields and typically brought the right bowlers on at the right times.

Dawid Malan – 4/10 – Looked good while scoring 20 in his only innings in the match, then was dismissed by a good ball by Kemar Roach.

Ben Stokes – 9/10 – Fantastic all-round display from England’s talisman. Took Test best 6-22 in West Indies’ first innings, and then scored a vital 60 after coming in when the hosts were 24-4.

Johnny Bairstow – 6/10 – Played his part in crucial first-innings partnership of 56 with Stokes and kept well throughout the match, snaring five catches.

Moeen Ali – 3/10 – Hardly featured in the match as he did not take a wicket or a catch, only bowled six overs and only scored three runs.

Toby Roland-Jones – 6/10 – Dismissed Shai Hope with an absolute beauty in the first innings en route to taking 2-32, then took another wicket in the second innings. Also made 13 useful runs.

Stuart Broad – 6/10 – Below-par display with the ball: economical but not as threatening as usual. Made up for it with an important innings of 38 to help England gain a first-innings lead of 71.

James Anderson – 9/10 – Took two early wickets on day one, and then bowled magnificently in the second innings to record his best-ever Test figures of 7-42.

 

 

West Indies

Kraigg Brathwaite – 2/10 – Dismissed cheaply by James Anderson in both innings.

Kieran Powell – 7/10 – Dealt well with tricky conditions to make scores of 38 and 45. Showed great patience and judgement in the first innings.

Kyle Hope – 0/10 – A game to forget. Scored just 1 run as he faced 24 balls in the Test and looked uncomfortable against every one.

Shai Hope – 7/10 – Followed 2nd Test match-winning heroics with classy knocks of 29 and 62 respectively. Will probably continue to improve as a batsman in the coming years.

Roston Chase – 4/10 – Smashed four balls to the boundary in first-innings but was dismissed for 18, then only made 3 second time around.

Jermaine Blackwood – 1/10 – Bowled for 1 after missing with a horrible heave in the first innings, and then removed by Anderson after making a scratchy 5 in the second innings.

Shane Dowrich – 5/10 – Good work behind the stumps from the young keeper as he held four catches. However, he looked all at sea against good bowling in tough conditions.

Jason Holder – 7/10 – Accurate, disciplined bowling to take 4/54 in the first innings and some good shots in second innings knock of 23. However, as captain, he should have told his fellow bowlers to stop bowling too short on the second morning.

Devendra Bishoo – 3/10 – Unused in the first innings but took the wicket of Cook during 11 tidy overs in the second innings.

Kemar Roach – 8/10 – Excellent, hostile swing bowling to take 5/72 in the first innings. Would have had even better figures if he had not bowled too short at Broad.

Shannon Gabriel – 3/10 – Bowled Stokes with a beauty in the first innings and backed up fellow seamers well at times. Overall he pitched the ball too short to cause much threat to the batsmen.

The International Twenty20 between England & West Indies takes place on 16 September.

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