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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson wants his players to learn from the England team, many of whom he used to coach.

Although the tourists have battled bravely in parts of the Investec series, they have been outclassed by the world’s top-ranked Test side.

England confirmed their superiority today with a nine-wicket win at Trent Bridge to clinch the rubber with a game to play.

That leaves the Windies with mainly pride to play for at Edgbaston, where they will be seeking to avoid a whitewash.

"It's what I tell our young guys, this what you have to learn,” Gibson said.

“When you are standing in the field, this is part of your learning, watching these guys and learning from them, not just admiring the good shots they play but watch how they go about building an innings, how they leave balls in the first hour and how they start after lunch.

"This is something that plagues us as well. We have a good session, we have a break and then as soon as the break ends we lose a wicket."

Gibson knows many of the England players well, having worked as their fast bowling coach until a little over two years ago.

Even less familiar faces like man of the match Tim Bresnan give the hosts an enviable strength in depth.

"I think they are a very well-oiled machine,” Gibson added. “They all know their individual roles.

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“If Broad doesn't get you, then Jimmy Anderson will or Tim Bresnan will," Ottis Gibson said of England's pace attack

“They've always been a very tight-knit bunch, even when I was there. They know what they can expect from the guy next to them and they go out and deliver.

“If Broad doesn't get you, then Jimmy Anderson will or Tim Bresnan will.

“And when you look at Strauss and Cook at the top of the order they just don't give their wicket away.

“You look at the amount of good balls we have to bowl to get their wicket compared to how they get our wickets and it's there for everybody to see.”

Gibson was at least able to take encouragement from two of his side at Nottingham.

Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy struck first-innings hundreds to keep West Indies in the game to that point.

Samuels, who had missed the previous series with Australia to play in the Indian Premier League, also hit 76 not out in his second knock to make England chase a three-figure score.

"He's come on this tour, he spoke to the board and was allowed to miss the Australia series,” Gibson added.

“He came on this tour perhaps with a point to prove and he's proven his point.

"He's played fantastically well in the middle order. He and Shiv (Chanderpaul) have had a lot of work to do and he's done that work exceptionally well.”

Sammy’s ton was his first in the international game and answered those who questioned the all-rounder’s role in the team besides his captaincy.

"It saved us from a pretty dire situation,” Gibson reflected.

“He works very hard, he's an honest cricketer and it's always pleasing when that hard work pays off.

“In his case, the amount of criticism he's been getting even from some of our own people, makes it even more special for him.

“I was delighted for him as I was for Marlon as well. But we didn't utilise the hard work they'd done."

Sammy, however, bemoaned his side’s overall batting, such as the top four contributing a combined 203 in this series.

“It has been affecting us for the last year,” he said. “We need to consider how we go about playing cricket. Something has to be done.

“I think we have to be more focused, continue to keep working hard and put a higher price on our wickets. We did really well to put ourselves in the game."

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