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ENGLAND RATINGS V WEST INDIES

Who has done enough to go to Australia?

Alastair Cook

304 runs @ 60.80, HS 243

Cook is like that reliable employee who clocks in on time, keeps his head down, hits his targets, clocks out and repeats. His Edgbaston epic set England on the path to a striking victory.

8/10

Mark Stoneman

120 runs @ 30.00, HS 52

Without producing anything definitive, the Surrey opener has probably done enough to ensure that it will be two left-handers opening for England at Brisbane.

6/10

Tom Westley

71 runs @ 17.75, HS 44*

If Gary Ballance was putting up these figures, the masses would be baying for blood. As it is, Westley’s easy-on-the-eye approach may have bought him a few more innings. An unbeaten 44 at Lord’s with the game out of West Indies’ hands doesn’t do a great deal to paper over the cracks of a poor series.

3/10

Joe Root

268 runs @ 67.00, HS 136

Fifties in 12 consecutive Tests and 5-2 record in his opening Test summer as captain. The leadership has not impacted his individual game as yet, the Headingley declaration should be applauded not criticised.

8/10

Dawid Malan

154 runs @ 38.50, HS 65

After a tricky start to his Test career, a brace of half-centuries have seriously improved his chances of being included in the Ashes party.

6/10

Ben Stokes

228 runs @ 57.00, HS 100;9 wickets at 22.22, BBI 6 for 22

Another hundred, another five-for, the name now etched onto both honours board at Lord’s. Stokes was hooping it around on day one at Lord’s - there was an absolute jaffa that turned Roston Chase into a squid - so much so that he cleaned up and made Jimmy wait for 500. Match-winning performances are becoming more frequent, his batting average has overtaken his bowling, a starring role in Australia would cap a fine year for the allrounder.

9/10

Jonny Bairstow

59 runs @ 14.75, HS 21; 9 catches, 2 stumpings

An inconspicuous series with the bat but still a real luxury at No.7, England’s long batting line-up could be crucial against the Baggy Greens.

5/10

Moeen Ali

109 runs @ 27.25, HS 84; 5 wickets @ 49.60, BBI 2 for 54

After having every superlative in the book thrown at him - rightfully so - after the South Africa series, Moeen has had notably less work to do with the ball. The 84 at Headingley to set up the declaration a highlight.

6/10

Chris Woakes

2 wickets @ 61.00, BBI 1 for 44; 84 runs @84.00, HS 61*

As much as England will want to quickly get Woakes back up to speed, to bring him back at Headingley - while Toby Roland-Jones was in fine form — was probably too soon. A useful knock with the bat but not quite there with the ball.

5/10

Toby Roland-Jones

7 wickets @ 16.00, BBI 2 for 18; 19 runs @ 19.00, HS 13

After taking 14 wickets at 19.35 in three Tests, Roland-Jones could understandably have felt miffed to be dropped after the Edgbaston day-nighter. The Middlesex seamer can take comfort in the fact he has surely shown enough (17 wickets at 19.64) in his short Test career to convince England to pick him for the Ashes tour.

7.5/10

Stuart Broad

9 wickets @ 36.22, BBI 3 for 34; 52 runs @ 26.00, HS 38

Stats don’t tell the true tale of a man who may well surpass Anderson’s feats some years down the line. Suffered more than most at the hands of England's profligate catching (he did shell a relatviely simple chance himself). On a couple of occasions in the series Broad was more wayward than we are used to seeing, not forcing the batsmen to play enough during West Indies' Headingley chase.

6/10

James Anderson

19 wickets @ 14.10, BBI 7 for 42

People can probably stop asking Jimmy about ability to play on. His skeletal structure is clearly held together with adamantium. That is perhaps hyperbolic, he has had niggles (who hasn’t?) and nobody can truly escape the sands of time, and certainly not prickly journalists’ questions scrutinising an ageing body.

But with 39 wickets at 14.10 this summer, Anderson is arguably bowling as well as he ever has. His performance at Lord’s was truly vintage stuff. Friday evening’s champagne moment - passing 500 Test wickets - spilled over into Saturday where he completed career-best figures of 7 for 42.

9.5/10