Kemar Roach, Jason Holder spearhead memorable West Indies win

Kemar Roach launches into a loud appeal Getty Images

West Indies' four-man pace attack was key to their surprise series victory, while Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase and the openers all made important contributions with the bat. Here we provide marks out of ten for the series.


Kemar Roach (18 wickets at 13.88)
The Man of the Series. With new ball and old, in first innings and second, Roach looked dangerous. Bowling with good control and gaining sharp movement, Roach bowled more deliveries than anyone in the series and, in doing so, proved he had attained new levels of fitness. If the high point came with five wickets in 27 balls in Barbados, the eight he took - four in each innings - in Antigua were almost as important.


Jason Holder (229 runs at 114.50, seven wickets at 17.85)
Holder deserves credit not just for his all-round performance, but for the manner he united his team and led them to their greatest Test success in several years. A magnificent double-century in Barbados - an innings that ground the England bowlers into the dust - was the personal highlight, but he also maintained the pressure established by his opening bowlers in his role as support seamer. Missed the last Test due to suspension following West Indies' tardy over-rate in Antigua.


Shane Dowrich (204 runs at 51.00, eight catches)
His century in Barbados, over the course of a vast, unbroken stand with his captain and long-time friend, Holder, played a large role in setting the course of this series. He also kept athletically and, at times, quite brilliantly.

Shannon Gabriel (nine wickets at 31.22)
The statistics hardly show it, but Gabriel played a huge part in this series win with his well-sustained and accurate pace bowling. He unsettled and hurried the England batsman throughout and created wickets for other bowlers with the pressure he built. Deserves credit for bowling more overs than anyone in the series except Roach - who bowled four more deliveries - too.


Roston Chase (160 runs at 40.00, eight wickets at 27.87)
One of only five men in history to claim an eight-wicket haul and score a century in the same Test series. But, having claimed 8 for 60 in Barbados - the sixth-best figures by a West Indies bowler in Test history - Chase failed to take another wicket in the series. He bowled perfectly competently, although those extraordinary figures also reflected a dismal exhibition of batting from England. Produced a stubborn half-century in Barbados and an excellent century in a hopeless situation in St Lucia.


Alzarri Joseph (10 wickets at 23.80)
While never claiming more than two wickets in an innings, Joseph maintained pressure as part of a four-man seam attack and bowled some hostile spells. Drew great praise for playing on despite the death of his mother in Antigua, where he claimed a wicket with his first ball on his native island. Faded a little in St Lucia but, aged 22, should have a bright future.


Kraigg Brathwaite (138 runs at 27.60)
He didn't manage a half-century in the series but Brathwaite did produce important contributions in Barbados and Antigua that set the platform for his team. Four times in succession (with the caveat of the brief chase in Antigua) he and Campbell posted stands of 50-plus - the first time a West Indies Test pair had done so since Greenidge and Haynes - with his ability to leave well winnings praise from James Anderson. He did, however, let himself down with an awful slog to the mid-wicket boundary that precipitated a collapse in St Lucia.

John Campbell (176 runs at 35.20)
Part of the successful opening partnership with Brathwaite, Campbell also failed to register a half-century. But in providing solid starts for his side, he saw the shine off the ball and drew the sting from the England attack. He also showed a welcome ability to go between the gears as required. A decent start at this level.

Keemo Paul (21 runs at 10.50, three wickets at 23.00)
Called into the side as a replacement for Holder, 20-year-old allrounder Paul claimed a wicket with his first ball of the series and generally looked a disciplined support bowler who could enjoy a long career at this level. He was forced out of the match while sustaining an injury fielding, but still managed to come out and bat in the second innings to help Chase to his hundred.


Shimron Hetmyer (160 runs at 32.00)
A gorgeous innings of 81 in the first innings of the series proved to be the high watermark for Hetmyer. Some of his dismissals were a touch unfortunate, though - he fell selflessly trying to accelerate in Antigua and was run out in St Lucia - and he looks to be a young player with a wonderful future.


Shai Hope (119 runs at 23.80)
A sparkling 57 in Barbados was followed by a worthy 44 in his only innings in Antigua. But he looked uncomfortable against Mark Wood in St Lucia - most would have done, to be fair - and his career average of 28.05 continues to do no justice at all to his extravagant talent.


Darren Bravo (59 runs at 11.80)
His record-breakingly slow half-century in Antigua went a long way to securing the series but, that apart, this was a disappointing return from Bravo, who scored only nine runs in his other four innings.