England’s batsmen treated Windies spinner Roston Chase with too much respect as they tumbled to a crushing 381-run defeat in Barbados, according to Sky Sports pundit David Lloyd.
Chase, who had taken just one five-wicket haul in his previous 26 Tests, returned career-best figures of 8-60 as Windies bowled the tourists out for 246 in their second innings and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Reflecting on England’s demoralising defeat, Lloyd said: “Off spinner? He’s just a slow bowler – he hasn’t spun a ball and he’s got an eight-for.
“They were playing him like it’s Lance Gibbs and (Muttiah) Muralitharan rolled into one! Take the game to him – he’s inexperienced, he’s a part-time spinner.
“Give him something to think about. That means coming down the pitch. Slip is in play and he keeps beating them on the outside.
“That was woeful. England have played some superb cricket in Sri Lanka and beaten India 4-1, but we’ve always got one of these in us. I’ve been around a long time and that’s as bad as I’ve seen.”
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Having been dismissed for only 77 in their first innings, with paceman Kemar Roach taking 5-17, England seemed to be faring better second time around as Rory Burns (84) guided them to 134-1.
But the last nine wickets fell for 112 as the home side rounded off the third biggest Test win in their history and Sky Sports’ Mike Atherton felt England’s mental approach was suspect.
“First innings I thought they were undone by some exceptional bowling,” said Atherton. “But in the second innings there were some terrible shots – Joe Root, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali.
“I don’t think England necessarily underestimated the Windies, although some people did. If you haven’t got the preparation time and practice time that everyone’s talking about, you’ve got to switch on mentally.
“When you see shots like Moeen Ali played in that first innings, you cannot tell me he’s walking to the crease in that frame of mind – ‘I’m in a Test match and I need to be bang on’.”