It did not get any better for England in the third Test in Barbados.
Richie Richardson did the damage by scoring 160 as the Windies were bowled out for 418 - and they did not even need to bat a second time.
Despite a century stand by Graham Gooch and David Gower in their first innings, England were skittled for 189 and 199 as the hosts won by an innings.
The pace quartet of Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and new boy Patrick Patterson shared the wickets between them as Viv Richards' side clinched the series.
They had also won the one-day series 3-1 by the time the fourth Test in Trinidad came around - and West Indies wrapped up another 10-wicket win.
David Smith, dropped after scoring just one run in two innings on his debut, top scored with 47 in the first innings - but missed the fifth Test with back trouble and his brief Test career was over.
England took the field for the fifth Test in Antigua with six specialist batsmen and all-rounder Ian Botham at seven, but still could not match the batting power of the Windies.
Desmond Haynes and local hero Viv Richards scored centuries - a feat which had eluded all the England batsmen in the entire series - as the hosts won by 240 runs.
Marshall and Garner both took 27 wickets in a series which had ended as another 5-0 "Blackwash". The Windies would triumph 4-0 - with one drawn game - in the summer of 1988.
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