Five talking points from England's draw with West Indies, including Dan Lawrence's place in the team

Following the first Test draw in Antigua last week, England and the West Indies were yet again at a stalemate in the second Test in Barbados.

With two consecutive draws, England travel to Grenada this week for a winner-takes-all Test match against the West Indies.

Despite an impressive batting performance, England were left frustrated again on day five as the hosts battled on.

So what exactly can Paul Collingwood's side take away from the second Test? Planet Sport run through five talking points from England's stalemate in Barbados.

Could Parkinson be involved?

A pair of stubbornly-lifeless pitches and two worthy rearguards from the West Indies left England frustrated as they pushed for the win, leaving Collingwood with a number of questions to answer ahead of this week's Test match.

Dan Lawrence's off-breaks were used as an attacking option in Barbados, so with England leaning towards spin as a weapon on flat tracks, could uncapped leg-spinner Matt Parkinson join the action?

A seamer could easily make way for the Lancashire man, and despite England's cautiousness around leg spin, Parkinson could play a crucial part in getting England over the line in the third Test.

Lawrence a definite starter

Dan Lawrence of England

The Essex batter was forced to agonisingly watch on from the sidelines during England's torrid Ashes series, but having avoided the criticism that came with such performances, the 24-year-old is in a great position to nail down a starting spot.

Full of confidence and inventive with the bat, Lawrence has been a surprise positive for Collingwood on his first Test as head coach.

Lawrence has also impressed without a bat in hand, taking an excellent catch late on in Bridgetown. As England look to rebuild following the dismal Ashes defeat, Lawrence is putting himself forward to be part of that process.

Mahmood takes his chance

Saqib Mahmood has been named in England's XI for the second Test vs West Indies

Saqib Mahmood was finally given his chance in Test cricket, and he took it with both hands.

After spending over two years around the England squad, Mahmood was finally given game time in the second Test, and despite Matthew Fisher stealing the headlines after striking with his second ball on his debut, Saqib showed consistency throughout.

Capable of bowling with the old ball, and more aggressive than some of his fellow seamers, Mahmood's strong start to life as a Test cricketer is a huge positive for a side in transition.

Woakes fails to take opportunity

Chris Woakes has had a troubling start to the series.

With James Anderson and Stuart Broad both dropped, Collingwood handed veteran Chris Woakes a huge chance to lead a new-look attack and establish himself as a leader.

He didn't. Plainly put, Woakes has failed to take the chance so far, and the 33-year-old has looked far from his best.

Often labelled as a poor traveller, Woakes has not done nearly enough to shake that tag, and after an extremely poor Ashes showing, he has his work cut out to prove that he's not in a steep decline.

A return to form for Stokes

Ben Stokes of England looks on during day 4 of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the SCG, Sydney, Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Ben Stokes' return to action in the Ashes didn't quite go to plan, with the 30-year-old struggling to shake off the rust from his extended break.

However, since returning from that tour and jetting out to the West Indies, Stokes looks as though he's slowly returning to his former heights.

Appearing more relaxed at the crease and more instinctive when bowling, Stokes' return to form could perhaps be the biggest boost to England's XI.

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