England player ratings
It's time for me to reveal my England ratings for the first Test at Lord's. I am sure this will attract some healthy debate, so let me know what you think. I like to keep to whole marks out of 10, but found myself stumped by James Anderson who ends up with 6.5.
Andrew Strauss - 7
Begins to convince more and more as a captain, with some imaginative planning paying handsome dividends. Crucially kept Stuart Broad fresh for a spell just before tea on the third day when England needed a lift, and had Alastair Cook in an unusual catching position to take the important wicket of Lendl Simmons just before lunch. A fairly poor shot led to his dismissal in the first innings, mind you.
Alastair Cook - 6
It's a bit naughty to get to 35 and then get out, and his wicket on the first afternoon led to two more quick ones for West Indies. But a nice unbeaten 14 at the end maintained his average, and he also took two good catches amid a few drops by others.
Ravi Bopara - 8
In spicy conditions that yielded just three half centuries for the other batsmen, Bopara's 143 was a tremendous return in his first outing (and under great pressure) at the crucial number three position. Would have been a worthy man-of-the-match recipient, but Graeme Swann picked up that gong.
Kevin Pietersen - 6
Got a brute of a delivery first up from Fidel Edwards which he edged behind. Other batsmen may well have failed to reach it at all and survived. He was also notably enthusiastic on the field, and encouraged Graham Onions during his tough opening couple of overs.
Paul Collingwood - 5
Not his best match. After surviving his first 19-balls, he steered a flat-footed prod to slip and he also put down a catch that should have been taken. However, he did take two slip catches off the bowling of Swann, the second a really good effort.
Matt Prior - 7
A hugely important innings of 42 on the first day following a mini-collapse gave England some vital momentum, and just as importantly he did not spill a single catch with the gloves. He did concede eight byes on the final day, but you'd have to be really pernickety to take a mark off for that, and I won't!
Tim Bresnan - 6
It may seem tough to Yorkshire fans that Strauss gave their man only seven overs in the course of the match, but there was a Test match to be won, and it had to be won as ruthlessly as possible. Will presumably lose his number eight spot to Swann for Chester-le-Street, but he will certainly play and he seems popular too - as he was surrounded by back-slapping team-mates after taking his catch.
Stuart Broad - 7
When he turns out mature performances like this it's easy to forget he's only 22. Made West Indies pay for dropping him four times by hitting an important 38, removed Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan with the new ball on day two and then shifted the stubborn Denesh Ramdin and Brendan Nash at the end with some short stuff. A multi-faceted, versatile performance.
Graeme Swann - 8
While former Northants team-mate Monty Panesar toiled away for 27 overs against Essex for just one success, Swann was picking up the man-of-the-match award for a half century at Lord's and two clutches of three-wicket hauls which featured the world's number one batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul each time. Oh, and he also had time to take two good catches at third slip.
James Anderson - 6.5
Deserved more than two wickets, though they were two hammer blows, Gayle and Sarwan falling late on day two shortly after the follow-on had been enforced. Not at his very best, and easily eclipsed by both Broad and the new man Graham Onions, but that could change in the second Test.
Graham Onions - 8
Started nervously, but finished splendidly with five first-innings wickets and two more in the second. Got Simmons with a pearler on day two, and castled Devon Smith with a skilfully-produced inswinger in the second innings. Can now look forward to taking on the same opponents again at his home ground, but the Ashes will surely be much tougher if he makes it that far.