England were bowled out for a total of 77 as the West Indies claimed control of the first Test on a day when 18 wickets were knocked down while the teams played in Barbados.
Kemar Roach too 5-17, Alzarri Joseph 2-20, and Jason Holder 2-15, allowing the team to dismiss the tourists for the lowest Test score at the Kensington Oval.
West Indies managed to recover after losing five of their wickets for nine runs, and reached 127-6 by the end of the game, which was a lead of 229. With no team ever chasing more than 311 in the fourth winnings to win a Test at this level, and the bounce that was being seen on a worn pitch, it quickly became obvious that the hosts were the overwhelming favourites to take the 1-0 lead in the three match series.
England’s team has been battling in recent years, with their collapse coming 10 months after they beaten by New Zealand by 58 in Auckland. They have since been bowled out twice for less while playing in the Caribbean, claiming a low 46 in Trinidad in 1994, and 51 in Jamaica in 2009. Many feel worried for the team as they folded against a side that currently rank higher than only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe according to the International Cricket Council rankings.
The team will need to attempt to find a new strategy before they head out to play in the Ashes Against Australia in August.
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