ENGLAND RATINGS: Joe Root shows improved leadership while Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow excel


PLAYER RATINGS: Joe Root shows improved leadership while Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow excel with the bat as they hit superb centuries in England’s first Test against West Indies

Sportmail’s Paul Newman grades England’s XI from their drawn first Test against West Indies in Antigua. 

Alex Lees 4

Feared to be an lbw candidate and was twice undone that way for single figures on debut by Kemar Roach.

Zak Crawley 8

Change to off-side guard has appeared to work wonders. Showed the leadership England want with superb century.

Zak Crawley hit his second Test hundred as England dominated on day four in Antigua

Joe Root 9

Record 13th century as captain and, crucially, a bold declaration and signs of improved leadership in the field.

Dan Lawrence 7

Enterprising second-innings cameo and did what no other bowler could do in dismissing Nkrumah Bonner.

Ben Stokes 7.5

They said he would not bowl in this Test. So what happens? He sends down 41 overs. Nearing his best again.

Ben Stokes bowled 41 overs in the first Test having suffered a side strain during the Ashes

Ben Stokes bowled 41 overs in the first Test having suffered a side strain during the Ashes

Jonny Bairstow 8.5

At last, perhaps, a settled place in Test side at six and a mature and composed century.

Ben Foakes 6

If we are judging his keeping by the highest standards there was the odd blemish but exceptional standing up to Woakes.

Chris Woakes 5

Asked to be leader of attack but appeared to struggle with extra responsibility. Perhaps tired after a long winter.

Chris Woakes showed signs of tiredness as he led England's bowling attack against West Indies

Chris Woakes showed signs of tiredness as he led England’s bowling attack against West Indies

Craig Overton 6.5

Seems to have the temperament for Test cricket but has not added a yard of pace. More a fourth seamer than new-ball bowler.

Mark Wood 5

Cruel injury blow after being over-used in Australia. Unlikely to see him again until the summer.

Jack Leach 8

Contained in first innings, attacked with certain amount of success in second. Definite improvement. 

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