ENGLAND'S latest batting collapse was, in many ways, as predictable as it was bleak.

The tourists fell from 35-0 to 132 all out in their second innings in Antigua, losing all 10 wickets in just 42 balls more than it took Darren Bravo to compile his patient and pivotal half-century.

It has again raised questions as to the discipline of the England batting line up, who seem determined to 'play positively' no matter what the scenario.

But what does it mean for the Somerset players pushing for England selection? Here's a look at the runners and riders...

Jack Leach

Many in the Westcountry - and further afield - have been baffled by the spinner's omission after his success in Sri Lanka before Christmas.

Adil Rashid's non-performance in the first Test only added to this confusion, and Leach was again overlooked in Antigua as England plumped for the extra seamer.

Given England are likely to only require one spinner on home soil, it now seems he is in direct competition with Moeen Ali for that slot.

Moeen's primary advantage over Leach is his batting - whether that should come into consideration when selecting a spinner is another debate - but that hasn't fired as it should in recent times.

Moeen, admittedly hampered by being shoehorned around the England order throughout his Test career, averages just 23 over the last two years and 30 overall - numbers which do not do his talent justice.

If England are to select a spinner simply on the basis of their bowling, Leach arguably has the edge and it could yet be win-win for the Somerset man.

If Moeen continues to struggle with the bat, a vacancy as the sole spinner appears more likely - if Moeen rediscovers his batting mojo, he may be pushed up the order and play as the second spinner alongside Leach.

These have perhaps not been bad matches for Leach to miss - his case for a spot in the Ashes seems stronger now than it did before this series began.

Jamie Overton

This series has been a productive one for fast bowlers - West Indian ones, anyway.

Kemar Roach has shone, taking 13 wickets at just over 12, while Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel have made life difficult for English batsmen with their height and bounce.

In the process, it has again exposed the lack of true pace in England's arsenal - as did last winter's Ashes defeat.

Jamie Overton, fresh from a productive and largely injury-free season with Somerset, has been in Lions action this winter and took 3-24 as they claimed a consolation victory in a 4-1 series defeat in a one-day series against India A.

He has a chance to impress further in two upcoming red-ball matches and, if the Devonian can stay injury free and start the domestic season well, will certainly be in with a shout of an international bow this summer.

Lewis Gregory

Unfortunately for Somerset's T20 captain, a fluent and aggressive all-rounder is perhaps the last thing England currently need given their existing abundance of them.

The 26-year-old has performed well for the Lions in India, finishing as the joint-top wicket taker in the one-day series with eight victims, and has been handed the captaincy in several Lions matches over the winter.

An international vacancy for Gregory seems more likely in the limited overs arena than in Tests, however - perhaps not good news given England's strength in the former.

If he is to debut this summer, the T20 side seems his best bet - though he would let nobody down if the Test side came calling.

James Hildreth

This is covering old ground, of course, but it is difficult to watch England's batting crumble without wondering how James Hildreth has never been given a shot.

Seeing 32-year-old Joe Denly handed a debut must grate for a player who both averages comfortably more than Denly (43.45 to 36.21) and has scored more First Class centuries (44 against 27).

Hildreth may not be an opener but neither is Denly, who hasn't opened in First Class cricket since 2015 and looked out of his depth in Antigua.

Hildreth may be 34 now but was in the form of his life for a spell last summer and the Test careers of Adam Voges and Chris Rogers illustrate why players should not be written off on the basis of age alone.

A stumbling block for Hildreth is that number four is the one vacancy in the top seven that looks secure, given Joe Root's preference for that role.

But - and it's a big but - Ed Smith has shown a penchant for a left-field selection since taking over as national selector.

Hildreth looks set to maintain the moniker of 'best player of his era never to win an international cap', but if he starts the season on fire you just never know...

Dom Bess

Bess has been in and out of the Lions side this winter as he continues his rollercoaster ride of a career so far.

He should feature in the upcoming red-ball series in India but needs to do well there and at the start of the domestic season if he is to force his way back into Test reckoning.

His primary task is to do enough to start the season in the Somerset side, which may be a challenge in early-season conditions likely to suit just the one spinner.

There remains a sense that Bess may have to build on his undoubted batting promise if he and Leach are to feature in the same side in early season.

Only when Bess is good enough to bat in the top six or seven may Somerset find a spot for both in April and May - particularly given the county's abundance of seam options.

Craig Overton

Injury has hampered the seamer this winter, as he and twin brother Jamie continue to take it in turns to shine.

A Test recall is not off the radar if he can regain the form of 2017, but the emergence of Sam Curran and 'x-factor' of Jamie Overton and Olly Stone have pushed the 24-year-old back in the queue.