What are England’s options after suffering humiliating first-Test defeat to West Indies in Barbados?

What are England's options after suffering humiliating first-Test defeat to West Indies in Barbados?

Captain Joe Root offered no excuses as England succumbed to a miserable defeat in the first Test against the West Indies.

Unheralded off-spinner Roston Chase picked up a scarcely believable haul of eight for 60 – the sixth best by a Caribbean bowler – as the Windies wrapped up a 381-run thrashing on day four in Bridgetown.

Having spent the previous 48 hours being skittled for 77 in their first innings then flogging themselves in the field as Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich put them to shame with an unbeaten stand worth 295, England’s muddled response to Chase’s gentle examination was merely the latest in a series of heavy blows.

Root accepted his side let themselves down badly in their first outing of the year, while simultaneously calling for a big response to prove their pedigree.

Here, we look at the options available to the selectors as England look to bounce back in Antigua…

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