After England comfortably whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 in the Caribbean, here are how the players fared during the series.
West Indies vs England ODI Series: England Player Ratings
Jason Roy – 5/10
Despite looking good throughout the series, Roy will have been disappointed not to convert one of his three starts into a big score. Often so stylish in his approach, a ruthless nature is perhaps one of the few things currently missing in his game. Nevertheless, his fast starts are imperative to the success and future of this imperious-looking England batting line up.
Alex Hales – 9/10
Made a return from injury in the final match of the series and made an immediate impression. His 110 not only showed off his well-known brute force (the knock included five sixes) but also included clever, sensible batting in laying the platform for England’s middle-order. Was a welcome return to form after struggling in India.
Joe Root – 9/10
Was undone by a shooter early on from Shannon Gabriel in the first match but excelled in the next two. Showed excellent composure in getting England over the line in the chase of 226 in Antigua when wickets were falling around him and then made his ninth ODI hundred in Barbados, adding 192 with Hales. The real glue of this side.
Eoin Morgan (c) – 7/10
Started off the series superbly with 107, helping England recover from 29-2. After starting slowly during that knock, Morgan showed his full range of shots and gave a reminder of his undoubted hitting abilities when on form. Failed to capitalise in the next two matches, however, twice falling victim to spinner Ashley Nurse. Captained the side well in the field, rotating his bowlers well to stifle to West Indies batsmen.
Jos Buttler (wk) – 3/10
Another poor series for one of England’s star men. A series average of just seven underlines his current struggle for form, despite being shuffled around the order. May need to give himself a chance early in his innings before going for his devastating range of shots that gained Buttler the reputation of one of the most destructive players in the game. Kept tidily, though, and his stunning run-out of Gabriel during the second ODI emphasised his improvement with the gloves.
Ben Stokes – 6/10
Made a powerful 55 in the first match, putting on a crucial 110 with his captain, Morgan. Also helped England recover from a collapse of 5-45 in Barbados to lift them up to 328, a score that proved to be too much for the West Indies. Proved a handy option with the ball without having much luck in terms of wickets. Also gained small revenge on his World T20 nemesis Carlos Brathwaite by trapping him lbw in the final match.
Moeen Ali – 5/10
Despite making a useful unbeaten 31 in the first match, it was a poor series with the bat for Moeen. Cheap dismissals in the second and third ODIs did not give his batting much credibility, even though his role in the side is to add late runs. However, he bowled impressively and despite taking only one wicket, his economy rate was up there with the best in the series.
Chris Woakes – 8/10
The most impressive bowler on show in the series. Led the England attack superbly in tandem with Steven Finn and bowled with pace and hostility, taking seven wickets in the three matches. His performance in the first ODI stood out, as the all-rounder took 4-47, with his early breakthroughs proving crucial. Made another match-defining contribution in the second game, this time with the bat, making an unbeaten 68 in a superb partnership with 102 with Joe Root to see England home.
Adil Rashid – 5/10
Was not Rashid’s most impressive series, but still contributed well, taking four scalps at an average of just over 25. His economy rate of 5.22 was a good effort, considering how much the West Indies attack targeted him throughout the series. Such is Rashid’s importance to England however, his form may need to improve by the arrival of the upcoming Champions Trophy.
Liam Plunkett – 9/10
The most successful bowler during the three matches. Over recent months prior to this series, Plunkett came under criticism for being too predictable, following a punishing tour of India. He responded in excellent fashion though, taking 10 wickets, the most in the series, and had the best economy rate of any bowler on either side (4.09). His pace and bounce proved too much for the home side to handle.
Steven Finn – 7/10
A returning and firing Finn is a massive bonus for England ahead of the Champions Trophy. The big fast bowler led the attack well, making early inroads in the final two ODIs following an unlucky spell in the first. Bowled with good pace and accuracy, and is now a certain to lead the line for England during their Champions Trophy campaign.
Sam Billings – 5/10
Aiming to take his chance at the top of the order while Alex Hales was out injured, Billings started well, making 52 in the first match before throwing his wicket away when a big score was there for the taking. Was dismissed first ball in the next ODI by an excellent, quick delivery from Gabriel. A player with enormous potential, Billings will hope for further opportunities to shine in the near future.