The England-West Indies series of 2017 was won by England 2-1. It marked a comeback of sorts for the West Indies who won their first Test in England since 2000. They have not won a Test series in England since 1988, which was termed as a politically incorrect “dark greywash” as they won only by 4-0, instead of the 5-0 “blackwash” margins in 1984 and 1985-86.
Since then the West Indies have won some series against England at home, but never in England. They did draw in 1991 and 1995.
We now look at overall performances:
The West Indies still enjoy an overall 55-48 lead, though they do seem to enjoy a strong home advantage.
Coming to individual performances:
Most runs (1000 or more):
Only Cook among current players has crossed 1000, besides Chanderpaul from recent times.
Sobers has the most centuries (10) followed by Headley and Richards (8 each). A few English players including Cook have made 6.
Richards and Sobers have the most fifty-plus scores (23) followed by Chanderpaul with 21. Boycott has the most for England (20).
Highest innings (175 or more):
Lara and his two world records at St John’s lead the way, while Sandham’s 325 was the first-ever triple century in Tests. Cook’s 243 is the only innings in this list from the current series, while Root had made 182* in 2015.
During the current series SD Hope made 147 and 118*, his first two Test centuries. Oddly enough they were the first instance of centuries in both innings at Headingley in over 500 first-class matches.
Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 35.00):
Inevitably, Cook and Chanderpaul are the only current and near-current players here.
Most wickets (35 or more):
Dominated by the long-serving Ambrose and Walsh. Anderson and Broad are further down.
The most 5wis are 8 by Ambrose and 7 by Gibbs. Trueman has the most for England with 6.
The most 10wms are 2 by Ambrose, Gibbs, Trueman and Valentine. Valentine’s 11-wicket haul was on debut, in the only Test the West Indies lost in the epochal 1950 series.
Best innings bowling (including all cases of 7wi and above):
Anderson’s career best 7-42 is here along with Stokes’s from this series.
Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm and above):
This includes Anderson’s 9-73 from the current series. There is also CS Marriott’s 11-wicket haul in his only Test, which is the only case of a bowler taking 10 or more wickets in his only Test.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, 35.00 or less):
Again dominated by the WI fast bowlers of the 1980s. though Anderson and Broad also figure here.
Garner (17.93) and Ambrose (18.79) have the best averages.
But the spin pair of Valentine (1.78) and Ramadhin (1.84) have the best economy rate.
Marshall (45.5) and Holding (46.7) have the best strike rates.
To be continued.