The West Indies had no answer to the men from England as they were thrashed and humiliated by an innings and 209 runs defeat by their English host inside three days in the first of their three-match Test series — a day/night encounter at Edgbaston.
The Windies lost 19 wickets in one day for the first time in their history while eight batsmen were dismissed twice in a day.
Resuming on 44-1 in their first innings, trailing the English by 470 runs, the touring West Indians lost wickets at regular intervals to be bundled out for a paltry sum of 168.
The only standout in the batting department for the Windies was Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood with 79 not out.
The other batsmen showed little or no resistance to England’s bowling bull-bucker James Anderson who took 3 for 34 and Toby Roland Jones 2-31.
The English with their tail up given their 346 runs surplus did not hesitate in asking the Windies to bat again.
Windies second turn at the crease proved to be a disaster as they were bundled out for a meager total of 137 in 45.4 overs.
Stuart Broad 3-34, gave the middle order “belly wuk” on his way to surpass Sir Ian Botham as the second most successful English bowler of all time while Anderson 2-12, Roland Jones 2-18 and Moeen Ali 2-54, all helped with the capitulation.
Kraigg Brathwaite 40 and Roston Chase 24, made most runs as England went 1-0 up in the three-test series.
The second test takes place on Friday at Headingley.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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