England climbed out of the rubble of her drums against the West Indies in Barbados and Antigua and scored a face victory in St. Lucia, which was not completely hollow, but certainly not of any importance.
Her late recognition among the bats has been instrumental in ensuring that when a ball with your name flies from the bowler to you, there is no absolute obligation to try to scrub your name off the ball with the edge of your hopelessly slipping bat.
Mark Wood's pyrotechnic Five-For was the only real, certifiable positive in the series for England – he had as many wickets as eight in the four previous tests he had taken since 2016 – and they at least avoided scarring. 0 whitewash
Nonetheless, this series was a major failure for England against a West Indies team that played their best cricket of the millennium.
The rise of the fast bowler
The batsmen struggles in the relevant phase of the series added to the recent trend of Bowler's dominance in Test Cricket.
In the series, the bowlers of the two teams together had an average of 26.1.
Since the beginning of 2018, nine series of three or more games have been played, and bowlers have averaged less than 30 games in total. In this millennium, the Bowlers were on average only 23% of these series under 30 years old.
The collective headline average of the two teams' first innings of 19.9 was the eighth worst in test history (out of 500 series of three or more games).
England contributed with impressive consistency to this statistic – the average of the first innings of 16.4 was the second worst in 225 test series with at least three tests. The 38.6 West Indian attack's first innings strike rate was the best of any team against England (in part before the fearsome, bone-chipping West India tempo attack of 1985-86).
Overall, the test takers' collective average of test cricket since early 2018 is 19% below the value for 2001-2017 (27.6, compared to 34.0), while pacemakers are down 23% (25.4 vs. 33.1) and the spinners have declined by 13% (31.1 from 35.5).
The improvement was particularly notable during the first 20 nights of innings, when the pacemakers were on average 29% more effective (24.7 vs. 34.9), demonstrating how high-level strokes since the beginning of last year were trying to get the news without throwing a brick on your TV – not impossible, but more difficult than before.
How the rankings confirm that
The world's bowling championship scores further underscore the difficulties experienced by test bats today (just as these rankings are calculated is one of the best-kept secrets of the known universe.) It is rumored that a dodgy sub-committee of the Bilderberg Group Involved is 100 Warlocks, an escaped scientist, and an infinite number of walruses that reside in a fake volcano near the Antarctic, but they provide a reliable indicator of form and contextualized performance.
There is currently 17 bowlers with a rating of over 700, compared to only seven on that date in 2009.
This depth of bowling has promoted the modern trend of collapse and hard breakdown.
Basically, bats now seem more dominant and destructive when conditions and situations are in their favor, and more fragile when adversity provokes one of their many and uncomfortable minds.
England collapses more than ever before in history
England contributes to the development of the collapsing arts – since 2000, England has lost 40 times all 10 wickets in less than 100 runs in 246 tests, 35 times in 406 tests from the sixties to the nineties.
The advent of Twenty20 Cricket and the increased awareness of what is possible with a Bat attack may have reduced the mental and technical abilities required for a longer Test Match defense.
The Australian team's rapid turnaround and millennium success, made possible by the presence of an honestly unfair number of cricketing all-rounders, influenced the general approach to the test brawl around the world.
Recently, an influx of fast-paced top-class bowlers has made the brawl more difficult for at least 20 years, besides some spicy playing fields and overactive balls, than at any one time.
A comforting consolation for England may be that the striking, seemingly unyielding racket fights were shared by most teams in most places in the test world.
Stunning statistics / romance / deterrence your valentine's date
Introductory statistics in the early evening: Moeen Ali took 32 pfortets this winter with an average of 24.2 – the second-highest ranked English bowler in a test winter in the last 40 years (Graeme Swann took 37 wickets in 2009-10 and Steve Harmison (2003-04)) and Ian Botham (1979-80) each had a 32-wicker winter.
Stat corresponds to a bunch of flowers before dinner: Roston Chase was the first bowler to take an eight-wicket move, but no other wickets in a test series. He was also only the fifth man to score a century and scored a knockout round in a series (after Imran Khan (Pakistan vs. India 1982-83), Ian Botham (England vs. Pakistan 1978) and Tony Greig (England West) Indies, 1973-74) and Len Braund (England in Australia, 1903-04).
Second bottle of wine: Kemar Roach picked up 13 wickets for 95 runs in the first three innings. His first innings series average of 7.3 is the sixth best of a bowler who has played at least three tests and the third best in the last 470 qualifying series of the last 100 years (behind Muttiah Muralitharan (15 for 57 in three Tests) Lanka v. Bangladesh, 2007) and Johnny Wardle (9 for 61 in four Tests, England vs. Pakistan, 1954)).
The Deal Clincher: Joe Root has scored three times 50 in his last 20 test innings, transforming all of them into centuries. He had scored 50 11 times in his previous 20 Test innings but had not made hundreds. His last three hundreds were all in the second innings – he only had a second-innings century in his first 73 tests.