Windies humiliated by England in opening test

The West Indies were humiliated by an innings and 209 runs by host England inside three days in the first test of their three match series, a day/night encounter at Edgbaston. The Caribbean men 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 mere 168.

Only Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood with 79 not out, showed any resistance against James Anderson 3-34 and Toby Roland Jones 2-31.

With a healthy lead of 346 runs, the English enforced the follow-on but the Caribbean batsmen feared worse as they only spent 45.4 overs at the crease to be bundled out for a paltry 137.

Stuart Broad 3-34, ripped through the middle order 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.

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