England player ratings
The Test series in the Caribbean is done and dusted and a few of us have put our heads together to rate the performances of the England players (my name may be at the top of this blog but I'm not taking all the blame).
As usual, we'd love to hear whether you agree or disagree.
Andrew Strauss - 8
At times his batting was sublime, cutting, pulling and driving like the man who scored four centuries in his first nine Tests. But he must now be regretting his decision to delay the declaration in Antigua - and possibly also in Trinidad.
Alastair Cook - 7
For a man whose Test spot was supposedly under threat after Jamaica, Cook's 348 runs should cement his place at the top of the order for the Ashes. Still vulnerable in the corridor outside off stump and more worryingly, his pull shot has looked inconsistent.
Owais Shah - 6
Ian Bell's misfortune should have been Owais Shah's gain, but his injudicious running between the wickets (Antigua) and poor shot selection (Trinidad) leaves the number three problem unsolved.
Kevin Pietersen - 6 and a half
Was labelled "Dumbslog Millionaire" after giving his first-innings wicket away at Sabina Park three runs short of a century. Was uncharacteristically subdued for the remainder of the series, although his final-day century at Trinidad set up an enthralling finish.
Paul Collingwood - 7
Has the knack of scoring centuries whenever his Test place is under threat and two in the series, plus a 96, is an excellent answer to his critics. Will be livid, however, after missing two catches at first slip in Trinidad - although he redeemed himself by holding on to a belter in the second innings.
Matt Prior - 6 and a half
Justified his recall for the Trinidad Test with a century after missing the previous game to fly home to see his his first child. A total of 74 extras in the West Indies first innings (and setting a new Test record of 52 byes conceded in the match) showed he is still not the finished article as a keeper.
Ian Bell - 4
The selectors' patience finally wore thin after two failures In Jamaica. Typically, looked in excellent touch during the first innings, but poor shot selection and concentration contributed to his demotion.
Ravi Bopara - 7
Made the most of his opportunity in Barbados by hitting a maiden Test hundred after being dropped on four and bowled as well as could be expected on a flat track. Was unlucky to lose his place for the final game.
Andrew Flintoff - 6
Once again a constant threat with the ball in hand, despite picking up only five wickets at an average of 30. Had he been fully fit in the West Indies second innings in Antigua, England may well have levelled the series, although his batting form remains a worry.
James Anderson - 7 and a half
On roti-flat pitches, Anderson's tally of wickets did not reflect the effort he put in, and his reverse swing nearly won the Trinidad Test for England. Once again he showed he is arguably the best fast-bowling outfielder England have ever had.
Stuart Broad - 8
Used his height to find the ideal line and length to trouble the West Indian top order and dismissed the immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul on three occasions. England hope his consistency continues throughout the summer.
Steve Harmison - 4
For a bowler who decimated the West Indies on his previous visit to the Caribbean in 2004, Harmison lacked rhythm and consistency. Could the Antigua Test be his final Test appearance for England?
Graeme Swann - 8 and a half (STAR MAN)
Fully justified his inclusion as England's first-choice spinner. Bowled beautifully for his 19 wickets, mixing up his deliveries and managed to turn the ball more than opposite number Sulieman Benn, despite a floating piece of bone around his right elbow.
Monty Panesar - 5 and a half
Infuriatingly inconsistent when England needed him at his best. Was rightly dropped after Sabina Park, but bowled with more menace on his return in Trinidad and showed encouraging signs of variation and some improvement in his fielding. Will need to up his game when Australia tour this summer.
Tim Ambrose - 6
Did everything asked of him when he stepped in for Matt Prior in Barbados. A spritely 76 with the bat while his keeping was tidy behind the stumps ensured the selectors' decision to revert to Prior in Trinidad was not an easy one.
Ryan Sidebottom - 4
With just one wicket to show from 59 overs, this tour was a big disappointment for the Notts left-armer. Looked ordinary because the ball refused to swing for him and his lack of pace was inviting for the West Indian batsmen.
Amjad Khan - 5
Took the wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan on his Test debut in Trinidad, but sprayed the ball around striving for too much pace while bowling a number of no-balls. Showed signs of reverse swing, but needs to concentrate on accuracy.