England captain Joe Root admitted that his team had been “out-played and out-performed” after West Indies had won the second Test by ten wickets in only three days, and with it the series, with one Test left to play in St Lucia starting on Saturday.
“It’s very disappointing,” Root said. “We came here wanting to win this series and find ourselves with a game to go and being out of it, it’s hard to take. We’ve been out-played, we’ve been out-performed, we have to take that on the chin as a side and we’ve got to learn some lessons.
“The way they’ve gone about stuff in certain areas has been very skilful,” Root added. “They [West Indies] got themselves to a very good score (306) on that surface.
“We’ve got to make sure we respond quickly and we respond well when we get to St Lucia and finish positively as a side. We haven’t had that same approach as we had in Sri Lanka of going out there and really taking sides on. I think there has been some very highly skilled bowling in bowling-friendly conditions and the big moments we haven’t managed as well as they have.”
West Indies also regained the Wisden Trophy, which they had lost to England in 2017, and preserved a proud record of having lost only one Test series against England at home in the last half-century, as their players hardly put a foot wrong. The West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach was player of the match for taking eight wickets for only 82 runs.