The Windies may have secured the three-Test series 2-0, dominating England en route, but Joe Root said his team still had much at stake in the final Test in St Lucia, starting on Saturday, 9 February, especially with the Ashes fast approaching.
“There is plenty to play for in this game, especially off the back of our two previous performances,” the England captain said on Friday. “There is an Ashes around the corner and it is an opportunity for those guys to show how good they are and put their hand up and put in some proper performances.”
Despite a poor performance in the Caribbean, the season wasn’t all bad for England. They secured a thrilling 4-1 win against India at home, and followed it up with a fine 3-0 win in Sri Lanka. “We came away this winter trying to do things differently and find ways of winning away from home,” Root told BBC Sport.
“We had great success in Sri Lanka, and it’s not quite materialised here. Whether that be down to selection or how poorly we’ve played in parts, you have to see it for what it is and how you can best move that forward.”
England have named paceman Mark Wood, who last featured in a Test in May 2018, in the 12-member squad for the final Test after he impressed for England Lions against Pakistan. Wood will likely replace Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder.