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Chris Gayle was the standout performer for the West Indies.

Who shone and who suffered in the West Indies v England one-day series?

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England and the West Indies went toe-to-toe in a thrilling 50-over series that offered plenty of entertainment and a fitting 2-2 draw.

Here, we take a look at the winners and losers.

Winners

Chris Gayle - West Indies

When you have the words ‘Universe Boss’ embossed on your kit bag, you set a high bar, but the veteran Jamaican delivered one of the best performances of his 20-year career.

His 39 sixes were a comfortable world record for one series, he reeled off two hard-hitting centuries and finished as the undisputed star of the show.

Retirement beckons, but will we see his like again?

Mark Wood - England

Fresh from reinvigorating his Test career with an unforgettable spell in St Lucia, the Durham seamer finally made himself an indispensable part of the white-ball side.

He bowled with consistent pace, new-found precision and even a hint of reverse swing.

A certainty to start the World Cup if fit, just a few months after losing his place to Olly Stone.

Jos Buttler - England

Long established as one of the game’s most accomplished limited-overs batsmen, England’s vice-captain took things to a new level during his career-best effort in Grenada.

West Indies v England - 4th One Day International

Motoring from 51 to 150 in just 31 deliveries, he put every bowler on the circuit on notice as his long, clean strokes saw him clear the ropes a dozen times.

Losers

Moeen Ali - England

A first-choice pick across all three formats, the all-rounder is nevertheless given to occasional lean spells where neither discipline takes off.

This was one of those times, with his off-spin proving both ineffective and expensive.

He was trusted with only 19 overs in the series and went wicketless. A couple of cheap dismissals meant there was no riposte with the bat.

West Indies v England - 2nd One Day International

David Willey and Joe Denly - England

England’s peripheral men must have been hoping for the opportunity to press their case ahead of next month’s squad announcement, but neither got a run-out in a hard-fought series.

Both will now be looking over their shoulders uncertainly and will be looking to the three T20s to restate their claims.

Devendra Bishoo - West Indies

The leg-spinner was once considered the man most likely to bring an element of mystery to the West Indies attack, but at 33 he appears to be sliding towards the exit.

He managed just one wicket, was regularly targeted for harsh treatment and may struggle to keep his place in a vibrant, young bowling attack.

Topics:
England cricket
West Indies cricket
Cricket
Mark Wood
Jos Buttler
Moeen Ali
Chris Gayle

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