PLAYER OF THE MATCH
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Root – captain, England: “The guys were fantastic this morning and set the tone beautifully. I think he pretty much speaks for himself. The hard work Anderson puts behind the scenes.. The control he has with both the balls, new and old.. To be able to hold a length for a significant amount of time is a fantastic skill. He’s very good, he’s very good (when asked if he’s an easy man to captain). He’s brilliant in the dressing room, very insightful, very helpful. We have played some great cricket throughout the summer. The way we have won is fantastic and hopefully we can take that momentum forward this winter. We are moving forward as a team. It’s (my first summer as England captain) been thoroughly enjoyable. Plenty of learning’s along the way and I’m sure there will be more in the future.”
Lord’s goes Rooooooot, as he walks to collect his medallion.
Holder – captain, Windies: “No regrets. We put up a good fight after the first innings. The second innings we didn’t bat as well as we’d have liked. Credit goes to the way Shai Hope played, not just this game for all series. Credit must go to James Anderson. He’s a world class player. Congratulations to him on reaching 500 wickets. He’s been a competitor over the years. Credit to Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad too. A series in Zimbabwe in a couple of months, so want to keep going. I still think we have to be a lot more consistent with the ball – build more pressure by bowling more maidens – and we have to fight a little bit harder (with the bat) to get ourselves stuck in. And then we have to take our chances when fielding. We let ourselves down with a number of chances in the field. It’s very good to see Shai come here and do well, and wishing him the best. Hopefully other guys around him can do the same.”
James Anderson – Player of the Series, England: “Definitely (will remember it for the rest of my life). Playing a Test at Lord’s is always special. My family and friends have been here, and to share the moment with guys I have played 100 Tests with is extra special. I didn’t think I would play nearly as much as I have. The team has been enjoyable one to play with. To get a series win like this makes it extra bit special. It did (bowling from the end he doesn’t normally bowl at Lord’s). There was no swing today, so we used the slope. Tried to create pressure and got rewards for it. Not surprised (with my fitness this summer). I work hard on it. Injuries will happen with age. Thankfully not many to contend with. Gibson will be a huge loss. He’s been fantastic to work with and has got a great cricket brain. Has got so much knowledge that he tries to pass on. I’m myself the most aggrieved at the moment. Wish him all the best for the future.”
Shai Hope – Player of the Series, Windies: “Hopefully (this is my breakthrough series). It’s good to get some runs. Hopefully I can carry on into the next series. This is a tough place to play cricket. We have to really showcase our skills. Good to get some runs under your belt. Hopefully next series, some more. It was a very good experience for me (playing against such bowlers in tough conditions). All the batters have learnt a lot from this tour. It’s all about trusting a plan when you go out to bat in these conditions, and executing it.”