By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Jonny Bairstow hits 68 as England chase down 161 to prevail in close first match
- Chris Jordan takes 4-6 as England bowl West Indies out for 45 to win 2nd T20 by 137 runs
- David Willey snaffles 4-7 as England skittle Windies for 71 and win third match by eight wickets
ST KITTS, WEST INDIES – England demolish the West Indies in the T20s to record a 3-0 series whitewash after some awful batting from the hosts.
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Alex Hales – 4/10 – Unleashed at least one huge hit during all three of his brief innings (11, 8 and 20) but this was a series when his high-risk approach did not pay off.
Jonny Bairstow – 7/10 – He seemed to thoroughly enjoy the freedom of the format as he racked up a career-best 68 in the first game and then added a rapid 37 during the short 3rd T20 chase.
Joe Root – 6/10 – When England were in trouble in the second match, he produced a perfectly-paced 55 off 40 balls to set Sam Billings up for his late-innings assault. He was out cheaply in the other matches.
Eoin Morgan – 6/10 – His tactics in the field were superb in the last two matches as his bowlers tore the Windies apart. He did not have a great time with the bat, however, as he failed twice and then finished 10 not out in the final game.
Joe Denly – 6/10 – He scored an important 30 in the first game and took two wickets in the series with his leg-spin.
Sam Billings – 8/10 – When he came in at 32-4 in the 2nd T20, England were struggling. But he never panicked; he built himself a platform in partnership with Root which enabled him to plunder 35 runs in the last two overs to go to a career-best score of 87. He also scored 18 in the first match.
David Willey – 8/10 – He dismissed both openers in the 2nd T20 and then destroyed the top four in the 3rd T20 to finish with figures of 2-18 and 4-7 respectively. He also added 13 useful runs in the second match.
Tom Curran – 6/10 – He earned a career-best 4-36 in the 1st T20 but only bowled one over in each of the next two matches as the other bowlers excelled.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – He bowled superbly throughout the series and was rewarded with figures of 1-15 in 4 overs, 2-12 in 3 and 2-18 in 2.
Chris Jordan – 9/10 – He reminded everyone what a superb limited-overs cricketer he is with brilliant bowling (2-15, 4-6 and 0-14) and outstanding fielding (5 catches). He was deservedly named player of the series.
Liam Plunkett – 6/10 – He recovered after a pasting in the 1st T20 (0-44 in 4 overs) to take 2-8 in 2.5 overs in the second match.
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Chris Gayle – 2/10 – After two failures, 15 and 5, he was rotated out for the final game.
Shai Hope – 1/10 – He was out cheaply all three times (6, 7 and 0) – once caught in the slips and twice in the deep after mistiming shots.
Shimron Hetmyer – 3/10 – He made starts in the first two games (14 and 10) but failed to go and make a significant contribution either time.
Darren Bravo – 4/10 – He made a sensible 28 off 30 balls in support of the more aggressive Nicholas Pooran in the opening game, but got out cheaply (0 and 4) in the next two matches.
Nicholas Pooran – 7/10 – He contributed Windies’ only notable individual score when he racked up an impressive 58 off 37 balls to get the team up to 160-8 in the opener. However, he then failed in the next two.
Jason Holder – 5/10 – His bowling was tidy but he only took two wickets in the series. Also, he only scored 18 runs in the series and he did not inspire his teammates like he does in the other formats.
Carlos Brathwaite – 5/10 – He bowled reasonably well and finished with identical figures (1-33 in 4 overs) in each of the first two matches but he only contributed 10 runs in the series.
Fabian Allen – 6/10 – He showed plenty of promise during a threatening spell (2-29 in 4 overs) in the second game and an economical spell (0-25 in 4 overs) in the third game.
Sheldon Cottrell – 7/10 – He took 3-29 during an excellent display in the first match and got the crucial wicket of Bairstow in the second game. Hales then smashed him for 16 in his only over in the 3rd T20.
Devendra Bishoo – 5/10 – He bowled two decent overs in the 2nd T20 and then saved Windies from further embarrassment by bowling Bairstow in the third game.
Obed McCoy – 3/10 – He felt the full force of Billings’ assault in the 2nd T20 as he went for 44 runs in just three overs. He then dismissed him with the final ball of the innings.
England’s next match will be an ODI against Ireland which begins in Dublin at 11am GMT on Friday 3rd May.
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