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England were absolutely demolished by West Indies pacer Kemar Roach on Thursday and were bowled out in the first innings of the first Test for a mere 77 runs — their lowest-ever Test total against the West Indies. England were batting in response to 289 all-out by West Indies in their first innings at Bridgetown in Barbados.England’s score of 77 was also the lowest total by any side in 54 Tests at Bridgetown. Last year in March, England were bowled out for 58 by New Zealand in Auckland but apart from that, this is England’s lowest total in seven years.Kemar Roach was the wrecker in chief for West Indies as he returned with figures of 5 for 17 out of the 11 overs he bowled. He picked the big wickets of Rory Burns (2), Jonny Bairstow (12), Ben Stokes (0), Jos Buttler (4) and Moeen Ali (0).Keaton Jennings was the highest run-scorer for England, having put 17 runs on board before falling to Jason Holder.WEST INDIES VS ENGLAND, 1ST TEST DAY 2 BRIDGETOWNApart from the Roach show, Holder and Alzarri Joseph picked two wickets each while Shannon Gabriel picked a solitary wicket.ANDERSON EQUALS IAN BOTHAMAnderson completes his 27th five-for in Test cricket, Stokes finishes with 4/59 as the Windies tail is cleared up in the first hour of day two, Shimron Hetmyer top-scoring for the hosts with 81.#WIvENG LIVE https://t.co/wcA4kP6TbM pic.twitter.com/j8NCZHqFMgICC (@ICC) January 24, 2019Earlier in the day, pace bowler James Anderson equalled an Ian Botham record when he took five wickets as England dismissed West Indies for 289 in the first innings.advertisementAnderson’s 27th five-wicket haul matched Botham’s tally, a record for England, and was instrumental in keeping West Indies’ total below 300 at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.He picked up one more scalp on Thursday morning — tailender Alzarri Joseph for a duck — as the Windies added 25 runs to their overnight total, with England taking nearly an hour to mop up the final two wickets.Anderson finished with five for 46 off 30 tight overs, while fellow paceman Ben Stokes chipped in with 4-59.Shimron Hetmyer was the last man out, caught behind off Stokes going for an agricultural slog.Hetmyer, who will play for Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming Indian Premier League Twenty20, top scored with a highly impressive, hard-hitting 81 off 109 balls.While England opted to field two spinners, West Indies went with a four-pronged pace attack on a pitch that, while not exactly fiery, was offering some reward.The teams are playing a three-Test series in the Caribbean.(With Reuters inputs)