(CNN) -- England captain Andrew Strauss defended the timing of his team's declaration on the last day of the final Test as the tourists fell agonisingly short of victory once again.
England hopes were high but in the end they endured a frustrating day.
The visitors fought bravely but could only draw in Trinidad -- handing their hosts a 1-0 series win.
The islanders were set a victory target of 240 to win the match after England, led by Kevin Pietersen's blistering 102, declared their second innings on 237 for two at lunch.
That never looked a likely prospect with West Indies content to defend their series lead.
Asked to bat for a minimum of 66 overs to save the final match at Queen's Park Oval, closed on 114 for eight, following a tense finale, which left England without a Test victory all winter.
Having staved off defeat in Antigua by one wicket, this time West Indies had two in hand as number 10 Fidel Edwards survived five balls of the final over sent down by left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.
Ian Botham led a chorus of criticism over the timing of the declaration, insisting it should have come significantly earlier, but Strauss told Sky Sports: "It was hard to work out where we wanted to be but the way they (the England batsmen) played gave us more time than we were expecting.
"Then we worked with the ball exceptionally to get them eight down on a flat wicket.
"The reality was we were pretty comfortable with the declaration. Only the fact that we bowled exceptionally well took their victory out of the equation."
Strauss added: "I think we can take a lot of positives out of the series but we have to be realistic enough to know we didn't do enough to win it."
West Indies captain Chris Gayle added: "It was a tough game but in the end we came out on top with the draw so you have to give the guys credit."