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England slump to humiliating Test defeat

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  • England suffer humiliating first Test loss against West Indies at Sabina Park
  • The tourists are bowled out for just 51, their third-lowest Test score in history
  • Paceman Jerome Taylor destroys England batting line-up taking five wickets
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(CNN) -- England suffered one of their most humiliating defeats in Test history after a disastrous collapse against the West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston on Saturday.

Jerome Taylor celebrates taking another wicket as West Indies claimed an astonishing first Test victory.

Jerome Taylor celebrates taking another wicket as West Indies claimed an astonishing first Test victory.

Andrew Strauss' team went down by an innings and 23 runs after being bundled out for just 51 on the fourth afternoon of the opening Test.

Only Andrew Flintoff managed double figures as the tourists were obliterated by the home attack to be dismissed for England's third-lowest Test total of all time.

It was a turning of the tables on England, who -- thanks to Steve Harmison's hostile bowling -- dismissed West Indies for just 47 in the corresponding match five years ago.

This time it was another paceman, Jerome Taylor, who destroyed the English top order, claiming the prize scalp of Kevin Pietersen among his five victims. And giant left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn weighed in with four successes as England were thrashed in double quick time.

Taylor's astonishing new-ball spell left England's second innings in tatters and they were eventually dismissed at 2.35pm local time when Harmison was bowled around his legs attempting to sweep Benn.

Only Flintoff's aggressive hitting propelled England beyond their lowest score of 45, made against Australia in Sydney in 1886-87, and the 46 made in Trinidad in 1993-94.

Having conceded a 74-run deficit on first innings, the tourists imploded either side of lunch. Jamaican Taylor began the onslaught when he angled one across Alastair Cook for Devon Smith at second slip to cling onto the catch at the second attempt.

West Indies were then buoyed on the stroke of lunch when left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn dismissed the out-of-sorts Ian Bell. Despite it being a delivery of fullish length, Bell attempted to cut and only succeeded in bottom-edging through to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who held a neat catch.

West Indies then moved in for the kill after the interval as Taylor accounted for Pietersen in spectacular fashion -- a full delivery of late swing cartwheeling off-stump.

When Strauss nicked behind in the 17th over, the home crowd sensed a rare victory over England -- the last three series between the teams have provided a collective score of 10-0.

And in the delirium that ensued, Taylor bowled both Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior off inside edges in his next over.

It was a quality display of pace bowling which any of the West Indies' greats in their heyday would have been proud of.

Taylor was rewarded for keeping the ball full on a sluggish surface and departed the attack with figures of five for 11.

Not that the struggle was confined to one end, however, as giant spinner Benn wheeled away impressively once more.

England scored at just a run per over off him and lost a seventh wicket when Stuart Broad tamely turned a delivery to short leg.

It was not until the 28th over that Flintoff struck England's first boundary and that came via a thick edge off Benn. Two more in Benn's next over, a cover drive and a loft down the ground, then put England beyond their lowest-ever score.

Ryan Sidebottom helped Flintoff hold up the home team for a while but 12 overs of defiance came to an end when the former was struck on the pad shuffling back across his stumps to Benn.

Sidebottom's departure signalled desperation from Flintoff and his response to fast bowler Fidel Edwards' introduction was to back away towards the leg-side. It was a policy which resulted in his downfall when a full straight delivery located off-stump. Harmison's demise then confirmed the huge loss in just the 34th over of an unforgettable innings.

Earlier, Broad claimed a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests, finishing with five for 85 as West Indies reached 392 in their first innings.

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