By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan hits centuries as England win two matches with huge totals
- West Indies hit back with impressive bowling displays to secure two wins and draw the series
- Chris Gayle outshines everyone else with two big hundreds and two fifties
ST LUCIA, WEST INDIES – West Indies bowl England out for just 113 in the Fifth ODI to earn a 2-2 draw in a series packed full of stunning cricket.
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Jason Roy – 8/10 – When England needed to get off to a flying start during their mammoth chase in the First ODI, Roy delivered with a brilliant 123 off 85 balls. However, he made just 2 in the second match and he then missed the rest of the series with a hamstring injury.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – He will not look back on his time in the Caribbean fondly after he scored just 101 runs in four innings. His place will be under threat from Alex Hales if this poor form continues.
Joe Root – 6/10 – He looked in superb form during his 102 in the First ODI, and also during his 36 in the second match. However, after he got out playing a loose shot, he only scored 6 runs in the rest of the series.
Eoin Morgan – 9/10 – He led from the front in style with innings of 103, 70 and 65 to finish with an impressive series average of 64. However, he needs to convince his team to change their approach on difficult pitches like the one the Fifth ODI was played on in St Lucia.
Jos Buttler – 9/10 – He scored most of his runs in one innings, but what an innings it was. He launched the West Indian bowlers into the stands twelve times during one of the best ODI innings you will ever see: 150 off 77 balls. His next best score was 34 in the Second ODI.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – After a strong start to the series (3-37 in the first game, 79 in the second), his influence faded significantly and he only contributed 26 runs and one wicket in the last two games.
Moeen Ali – 0/10 – He had an atrocious series and he needs to learn why his performances can fall off a cliff like they did here. He did not take a single wicket, conceded 167 runs in 19 overs and scored just 24 runs in four innings.
Chris Woakes – 3/10 – He performed well in the First ODI to take 2-59, but then Chris Gayle worked out how to play him and his bowling was hammered for 147 runs in 16 overs over the course of the last two matches.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – He was more expensive than usual during this series, but his wicket-taking ability was vital to both of England’s wins and he finished as his team’s leading wicket-taker with nine scalps in all.
Liam Plunkett – 5/10 – He struggled to take wickets throughout, but his economy was good in two of the three matches when he was called upon to bowl. His place may be under threat if Jofra Archer impressed against Pakistan in May.
Mark Wood – 8/10 – He was England’s best bowler in the series. He demonstrated pace, control, variation and an ability to adapt to the situation as he took seven wickets (including 4-60 in the Third ODI) and had the best economy rate for the visiting team: 6.12 runs per over.
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Chris Gayle – 10/10 – If this ends up being his last ODI series at home, then what a magnificent way to bow out. He showed off all the skills that have made him a global superstar with innings of 162 off 97 balls, 135 off 129 balls, 77 off 27 balls and 50 off 63 balls. It was amazing to watch.
John Campbell – 2/10 – He had a great chance to stake a claim for World Cup inclusion in Evin Lewis’ absence but ultimately failed rather spectacularly by scoring just 69 runs in four innings.
Shai Hope – 5/10 – His batting looks so good when he is in full flow, but he still gets out tamely or cheaply far too often. His 64 off 65 balls in the First ODI was his best performance.
Darren Bravo – 7/10 – He provided good middle-order support for Gayle with two destructive innings – 61 off 59 balls and 40 off 30 balls – but he is capable of scoring centuries.
Shimron Hetmyer – 8/10 – He showcased his talent in the best-possible style with a wonderful innings of 104 off 83 balls in the Second ODI. The next step for this youngster is to learn how to produce such performance more often.
Jason Holder – 5/10 – He bowled well in three of the four matches and took seven wickets in total. However, he needs to contribute a lot more than 46 runs in four innings if he is going to continue batting at No.6.
Carlos Brathwaite – 7/10 – He out-performed his captain in the all-rounder stakes thanks to an excellent 50 off 36 balls when Windies were going after a record chase and ever-improving bowling performances which were eventually rewarded with five wickets in the series and impressive economy rate of 5.78 runs per over.
Ashley Nurse – 6/10 – Although he only took one wicket in the series, he had the fourth-best economy rate on either side (6.30 runs per over). His lower-order hitting was very useful too as he clubbed 43 off 41 balls in the Fourth ODI and 25 off 8 balls in the First ODI.
Sheldon Cottrell – 7/10 – He changed the course of the series when he was brought in for the Second ODI and took 5-46. He was not good in the next two matches but he still took a wicket in each.
Devendra Bishoo – 3/10 – He did not have a good series as he took just one wicket and was economical in one match and expensive in two others.
Oshane Thomas – 7/10 – He made up for three expensive matches with a devastating spell of 5-21 that ripped England apart in the Fifth ODI. He ended as Windies’ leading wicket-taker with nine victims.
The First T20 International between England and West Indies begins in St Lucia at 8pm GMT on Tuesday 5th March 2019.
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