The West Indian tour didn't go quite as England hoped. Read our verdict on the heroes and villains of the series as you count down the days to the Ashes!

Remember Sri Lanka? The English spinners twirling their team to a 3-0 victory; a top three that finally showed signs of bedding in for the long haul; Joe Root back in the runs and beaming. Seems a long time ago, doesn't it?

The West Indies - placed above only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the Test match world rankings - gave England a dose of reality with their 2-1 series win. In fact, it was more an overdose of reality, such was the margin of victory in the first two Tests.

All the issues that have haunted this England team since Andrew Strauss hung up his pads reared their ugly heads once more on the idyllic islands of Barbados and Antigua. They were short of runs, and their bowlers were frequently ineffectual on pitches that required genuine pace (or part-time spin, in the case of Roston Chase) to trouble the batsmen.

Keaton Jennings, by all accounts a hard-working and popular member of the team, has surely had his last crack at the longest form of the game for the foreseeable future. He has shown occasional glimpses of genuine Test match quality - particularly on the Subcontinent - but has proven unable to fix the glaring flaw in his technique against quality fast bowling.

In Jennings' defence, it can't have done him much good being dropped after the first Test capitulation (a 381-run defeat at the Kensington Oval), only to be recalled for the third. But he can't complain about lack of opportunities; he's played 17 Tests now and is still only averaging in the mid-20s.

It's probably for his own good that he's unlikely to face a ball in this year's Ashes - the thought of a fired-up Mitchell Starc roaring in at him might just persuade the Johannesburg-born batsman to hang up his gloves for good and concentrate on becoming a specialist fielder.

Of course, this loss wasn't all about Keaton Jennings. Only one English batsman - Ben Stokes - averaged higher than 30 by the end of the series.

Joe Root will be disappointed with his efforts, both as a batsman and as a captain. He gallantly took responsibility for the bizarre decision to pick Sam Curran over a fully rested Stuart Broad for the first Test, presumably in the hope that Curran's 'lucky charm' streak would continue. It didn't; he never threatened to swing a ball, taking only one wicket in two Tests at an average of 161.

Jonny Bairstow was shunted back down the order - and reunited with his beloved wicket-keeping gloves once again - after a stint at number three that is perhaps best described as "partially successful". In full flow, the Yorkshireman's batting is truly something to behold. But just as Australia's Shane Watson was a walking, talking LBW decision, Bairstow seems incapable of closing that pesky gap between bat and pad.

Bairstow has been bowled ten times in his last 19 Test innings, and 30 times in 109 innings throughout his whole Test career. His stumps are flattened in more than a quarter of his dismissals - it's almost as if he likes the gentle tinkle of his bails being dislodged.

And yet, somehow, it's not all doom and gloom for England. That they were able to muster the energy to bag a consolation win in the final Test was pleasing.

Even more so was the manner of victory. They batted properly, amassing runs methodically and sticking around for 207 overs - almost as many as they faced in the first and second Tests combined.

Joe Denly scored a decent half-century in the second innings and probably leaves the Caribbean with his reputation enhanced. He looks to have done enough to warrant a berth in the top three for the start of the Ashes.

But the biggest revelation was Mark Wood. The perpetually grinning Durham man bowled with real fire and hostility of the sort that England have been lacking since the heyday of his idol, Steve Harmison.

In eight first-innings overs, the 29-year-old clocked up speeds of almost 95 mph in taking his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. Never mind wrapping him up in cotton wool until the Ashes; Joe Root will be demanding Wood is placed in solitary confinement, ideally in a padded cell.

Of course, while the on-field results were disappointing, off the field it was fantastic. The West Indies remains one of the truly great cricket tour destinations (as long as you remember to steer clear of the pedalos). And if England can take the harsh lessons doled out to them by Jason Holder's men and use them to regain the Ashes, the Barmy Army will be in full voice at the Oval come mid-September.