The West Indies pulled off the shock result when winning the first Test against England in Barbados heavily. The second test is in Antigua this Thursday
England slumped to a 381-run defeat against West Indies as part-time off-spinner Roston Chase took 8-60 to win the first Test in Barbados. The West Indies won an important toss and batted and with hindsight by omitting Broad and playing an extra spinner England picked the wrong team
Needing to bat out the final two days for a draw, or score an improbable 628 to win, the tourists were bowled out for 246 on the fourth evening.
England reached 134-1 on a still reliable pitch before opener Rory Burns fell for 84 on the stroke of lunch.
They lost their last six wickets for 34 runs amid a flurry of poor shots.
Unlike the first innings, when England were skittled for 77, all of the top order made starts but failed to go on to make a score that would have at least taken the game into the final day.
The humiliating defeat is England’s joint seventh-heaviest in terms of runs in Tests, against a team five places below them in the International Cricket Council rankings.
The batting averages since the start of 2018 for England’s top seven tell a tale
The top three in the order remains a concern. In the first innings England could argue West Indies claimed wickets thanks to good bowling, but the same cannot be said about their showing on day four.
There were positives: runs for Burns should secure his place at the top of the order for the time being, and the fact they batted for the majority of the day.
But the manner of the second-innings dismissals will surely disappoint, even if they were always likely to lose after being bowled out for 77 on Thursday.
As well as the gifting of wickets to Chase, opener Keaton Jennings was again out in familiar fashion, edging a drive at Alzarri Joseph to second slip.
Little went right for England in the game since deciding to leave out Stuart Broad, preferring Rashid as the second spinner and Curran as the new-ball bowler, both of whom were ineffective.
England’s first-innings showing was their third alarming collapse in the last 12 months, following on from being bowled out in a session by both New Zealand and India in 2018.
The loss ends a run that saw them beat India at home and win 3-0 in Sri Lanka for the first time, but they have little option for wholesale changes to the batting, with uncapped 32-year-old Joe Denly the only spare batsman in the squad.
For Antigua England should perform better, under-preparation was definitely an issue for the first test, but at 1-0 up Antigua may be a featherbed of a pitch. I think England can win but its toss dependent they need to win it and bat and apply scoreboard pressure
Thevalue option may be the draw at 9/2 with Skybet