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Captains clash: Jason Holder celebrates the dismissal of Joe Root

Captains clash: Jason Holder celebrates the dismissal of Joe Root

Captains clash: Jason Holder celebrates the dismissal of Joe Root

England were routed by Kemar Roach in Barbados, blown away for 77 as 18 wickets fell on day two of a remarkable first Test against the West Indies.

Nostalgia for the halcyon days of Caribbean cricket is equal parts inspiration and burden for the current generation but this was a classic display of fast bowling worthy of its place in the pantheon.

England, memorably skittled for 46 in Trinidad in 1994 and 51 in Jamaica a decade ago, added a third famous collapse on these islands as they tumbled to the lowest ever Test total at the storied Kensington Oval.

The hosts declined to enforce the follow-on and ended the day 339 ahead on 127 for six after Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali led a spirited but seemingly forlorn fightback with the ball.

Ten months have passed since England's last batting debacle, 58 all out in New Zealand, and although six of the team have changed since that humiliation the fragility of a batting line-up lauded for its depth was all too familiar.

Following in the footsteps of Curtly Ambrose at Port-of-Spain and Jerome Taylor at Kingston, Roach played the role of destroyer with figures of five for 17.

Roaring in from the Joel Garner End with considerably more ferocity than the speed gun gave him credit for - 85mph was his top recorded pace - he wiped out Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen in a glorious spell after lunch.

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After an exploratory stint with the new ball, the 30-year-old's second burst saw him wreak havoc across eight overs - with each of his wickets concentrated in the space of just 27 deliveries.

England had emerged for the afternoon on 30 for one, Keaton Jennings the man to go after spraying Jason Holder to gully.

Jennings' continued struggles against seam are a lingering concern but it would not be long before his team-mates were looking enviously at his 17 runs, incredibly the top England score of the innings.

Burns added only two before he pushed forward at his first ball after the restart, allowing it to skim off the bat and into off stump, and Bairstow was next to succumb to one that spat off a length, grazed his elbow and dislodged the bails.

Holder chipped in from the other end to remove rival captain Joe Root, following up 11 successive dots with a plumb lbw.

Roach soon reclaimed the spotlight, revving up to strike with consecutive balls.

Stokes was given lbw on the back foot, unsuccessfully reviewing a marginal decision, but Moeen's shot - a curious flap top-edged to fine leg - spoke of a scrambled mind.

Roach's fifth was probably the best of the lot, Buttler forced on to the back foot by a brutish steepler and feathering behind.

Roach's colleagues finished the job, Shannon Gabriel bouncing out Sam Curran and Alzarri Joseph teasing edges from Ben Foakes and Adil Rashid.

Holder opted not to send the shellshocked tourists back in despite a lead of 212, which was built on by an extremely useful 52-run opening stand between John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite.

The Windies managed a wobble of their own, losing five for nine once Moeen picked off Brathwaite lbw.

Curran removed the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer, but the target already looked formidably steep.

The day had started with England taking the last two first-innings wickets for 25 runs, James Anderson completing his 27th five-wicket haul to equal Sir Ian Botham's England record.

West Indies Second Innings Close

KC Brathwaite lbw b MM Ali 24

JD Campbell c Jennings b Stokes 33

SD Hope c Jennings b Stokes 3

DM Bravo c Stokes b MM Ali 1

RL Chase c Stokes b MM Ali 0

SO Hetmyer c Buttler b Curran 31

SO Dowrich not out 27

JO Holder not out 7

Extras b1 1

Total 6 wkts (36 overs) 127

Fall: 1-52 2-60 3-61 4-61 5-61 6-120

To Bat: KAJ Roach, AS Joseph, ST Gabriel.

Bowling: Anderson 4 1 9 0, Curran 7 0 28 1, MM Ali 12 2 41 3, Stokes 11 2 31 2, Rashid 2 0 17 0

England 1st innings 77 all out

West Indies 1st innings 289 all out

Windies lead by 339 runs with 4 wickets remaining


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