By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Kemar Roach takes 18 wickets in devastating style as the hosts win first two Tests
- Jason Holder scores unbeaten 202 in Barbados and leads his team superbly
- Joe Root and Mark Wood lead England to consolation win in St Lucia
ST LUCIA, WEST INDIES – West Indies perform superbly to embarrass higher-ranked England side and win the series 2-1.
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Rory Burns – 5/10 – He started the series promisingly with an excellent 84 in Barbados and saw off the new ball by batting for 103 balls in the first innings in St Lucia. However, he fell cheaply the rest of the time and his dismissal in the last innings of the tour was very careless.
Keaton Jennings – 2/10 – Every time he faces seam bowling, his glaring technical deficiencies are ruthlessly exposed. He is completely unselectable unless he changes his method.
Joe Denly – 6/10 – In his first three innings in Test cricket, he played some loose shots and did not make much of an impression. Then, in his fourth innings, he batted well to make 69 and put himself in the running for an Ashes place.
Joe Root – 6/10 – Made some poor selection decisions in the first two games and got out cheaply to a few good deliveries, then saved his series to an extent with a composed century in the Third Test.
Jos Buttler – 5/10 – Struggled to deal with the West Indies’ pacemen in the first two Tests, but finally found a good method to make two fifties in the Third Test. He also uncharacteristically dropped four catches.
Ben Stokes – 7/10 – He bowled superbly in Barbados, but he was over-used and his batting suffered as a result. When his workload was reduced, he made an excellent 79 and 48 not out in St Lucia.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – He continued to look decent at No.3 when he made 52 on a difficult pitch in Antigua, but then England moved him back to No.7 and he was bowled for just 2 in St Lucia.
Moeen Ali – 8/10 – Enhanced his growing reputation as a high-class off-spinner by taking 14 wickets and finishing the series as England’s leading wicket-taker in seamer-friendly conditions. He batted well on one occasion when he made 60 in the Second Test.
Ben Foakes – 3/10 – He struggled with the bat in three of his four innings, but it was still unfair to drop him for the Third Test so that Bairstow could return to No.7.
Sam Curran – 3/10 – He should never have been selected ahead of any of England’s other seamers during this series. However, he needs to learn how to be effective when the ball does not swing in the future.
Mark Wood – 9/10 – He produced the kind of ferocious fast-bowling display England have been crying out for when he took 5-41 in St Lucia.
Stuart Broad – 7/10 – He showed his coach and captain how wrong they were not to select him in the First Test when he bowled beautifully to take 3-53 in the Second Test. He was not as effective in the Third Test.
James Anderson – 7/10 – Bookended the series with two superb bowling displays but was not at his best in the time in-between.
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Kraigg Brathwaite – 7/10 – Showed his teammates the way with patient batting in the first innings of both the first two Tests. Then Moeen and Anderson got the better of him in the Third Test.
John Campbell – 7/10 – Demonstrated he can attack and defend well during three innings of 40 or more. However, he needs to learn how to convert those starts into bigger scores.
Shai Hope – 5/10 – He made 57 in Barbados and 44 in Antigua, but he struggled in his other three innings.
Darren Bravo – 5/10 – After 2 years away from Test cricket, he looked very rusty and made four low scores. However, his stubborn 50 off 216 balls in Antigua was vital.
Roston Chase – 7/10 – He made two significant contributions with the bat – 54 in Barbados and 102 not out in St Lucia – and one key contribution with the ball: a career-best 8-60 in the First Test.
Shimron Hetmyer – 6/10 – He demonstrated his potential when he sparkled with the bat in Barbados but he was a peripheral figure after that.
Shane Dowrich – 8/10 – He made a brilliant unbeaten hundred in the First Test during a massive partnership with Jason Holder that took the game away from England. He then backed it up with some other useful contributions and took a few good catches behind the stumps.
Jason Holder – 9/10 – He made a magnificent unbeaten double hundred in Barbados and took seven important wickets. He also led his team superbly before he was banned for the Third Test due to slow over-rates.
Kemar Roach – 9/10 – He was deservedly named man of the series after totally dominating England’s batsmen for two matches with his devastating mixture of pace and swing. He took 18 wickets in total.
Alzarri Joseph – 7/10 – The 22-year-old enjoyed a highly-promising series as he took wickets in every innings and offered something different to West Indies’ other pacemen.
Shannon Gabriel – 7/10 – He troubled England’s batsmen with his pace in the first two Tests and then toiled hard when their attack was depleted in St Lucia.
Keemo Paul – 6/10 – He demonstrated why West Indians are excited about his future when he dismissed Burns and Jennings in the first innings in Antigua. Then he suffered an unfortunate injury in the second innings.
The First ODI between England and the West Indies begins in Barbados at 3pm GMT on Wednesday 20th February 2019.
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