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TEST SERIES RATINGS: Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes at their imperious best for England

England regained the Wisden Trophy after claiming a series victory in the deciding Test match against West Indies at Old Trafford, completing a 269-run win.

Jason Holder’s men won the first game at Southampton following Jermaine Blackwood’s excellent knock, while Stuart Broad ruffled some feathers after being left out at the Ageas Bowl.

But he returned for the second Test at Old Trafford alongside Joe Root and the fast bowler and Ben Stokes helped the hosts level the series, before Broad shone again in the decider in a Test which saw him claim his 500th Test wicket.

With the matches now complete, Sportsmail rates England and West Indies’s players out of 10 for their efforts across the three-match series…

His omission from the first Test was a stinker. Responded with crucial new-ball bursts in the next game, a 33-ball 50, six for 31, his 500th Test wicket and a match haul of 10.

Lost his first Test as captain, but immense throughout, scoring a patient 176 and a scintillating 78 not out in the second game. Bowled tireless, aggressive spells from round the wicket.

Heck of a bowler to omit in these conditions, as England did in Southampton. Made up for it with 11 wickets in the Manchester games, and now has 81 at 22 in Tests in this country.

Reached 30 in four innings out of five, but couldn’t make a hundred. Improved against spin, even if Roston Chase removed him four times. But he’s helping provide the top-order stability England crave.

Never pretty, but often effective, despite two ducks in five innings. He made one of the series’ two centuries, and is forming a handy partnership with Burns, but he’ll need to add variety to his batting against spin.

Relatively quiet by his standards, but almost impossible to hit, and now needs just 11 more wickets to reach 600. 

His detour to Hove was the story of the series, and overshadowed a superb new-ball burst in West Indies’ run-chase in Southampton.

Salvaged a quiet series with a glittering 91, and looked like Root’s heir as England’s next middle-order star. Pulled off some spectacular close catches too.

Run out twice – once sacrificially – and played a loose drive against Joseph in the second Test. But his unbeaten 68 on Monday was full of sparkle. And he’ll always have the Wisden Trophy. 

Still learning as an off-spinner, and needs more control over length. But had his moments: a peach to bowl Holder, gutsy lower-order runs, and the run-out of Chase.

By making 67 from No 6 in the third Test, Buttler suggested he might after all transfer his white-ball aura into the red-ball game. His keeping was fine, except for a crucial leg-side drop to reprieve Blackwood at Southampton.

Looked the real deal while making 76 at the Ageas Bowl, but fell first ball in his new role at No 3. Unlucky to drop out because Stokes couldn’t bowl.

His eighth home Test was an eighth win for England. And, as usual, Curran played his part, removing Campbell and Hope in the first innings, and top-scorer Brooks in the second.

Scored 18 and 29 in the first Test, which persuaded the selectors to ditch a player who seemed incapable of building on his starts. At the age of 34, that is surely that.


Dropped too short at an important stage of West Indies’ first innings at the Ageas Bowl. But a vital part of England’s fast-bowling bench strength.

West Indies’ leading run-scorer, he was at the heart of their successful chase in Southampton. Never dull.

Handy all-round series, with two crucial innings in the first Test, before falling away with the bat. Useful off-spin: eight of his 10 wickets were specialist batsmen.

Inspired West Indies to victory in the first Test with nine wickets, but fell away amid the usual questions about his fitness. The last two games brought him two wickets at 109.

An imposing, impressive figure who had the respect of both sides, and led a dignified West Indies response to the Black Lives Matter movement. His analysis of six for 42 at the Ageas Bowl was a series highlight.

Deserved better than his figures suggested, but had the consolation of becoming the first West Indies bowler to pass 200 in Tests since Curtly Ambrose.

The tourists’ most elegant batsman, he scored a pair of sixties in the first of the Manchester matches. But he typified his team’s problem by getting stuck on the crease.

The West Indian glue: hung around for three hours in the first innings in Southampton and nearly five in the first in Manchester. But kept shuffling across his crease, and fell lbw three times.


Faded horribly after an important 61 in the first Test. A pair in the second, and could hardly catch a thing in the third, when he was hit in the mouth.

Produced a brilliant spell in tandem with Gabriel on the fourth evening of the first Test, and out-thought Root in the second Test in Manchester. Hittable at times, but a real talent.

Hobbled out to help West Indies over the line in the first Test after Archer had forced him to retire hurt. But generally looked sketchy against the new ball.

An erroneous selection for the third Test, where West Indies did not need two off-spinners, especially when bowling first. Finished with none for 164. Held the best slip catch of the series.

Still a shadow of the batsman who made two hundreds at Headingley three years ago. Averaged 17, and at times looked as if survival was the height of his ambition. Played an awful shot on Tuesday after batting as fluently as he had done all series.

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