The Windies were rolled over twice in two days for 168 and 137 in their first and second innings respectively, losing 19 wickets on Saturday to collapse inside three days in the first Test.
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy are all missing from the current Test squad - the legacy of a dispute with West Indies cricket chiefs and the competing attractions of the lucrative Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament that is taking place at the same time as this Test series.
The West Indies put up a lacklustre performance as they lost 19 wickets for just 261 runs.
Stuart Broad became England's second-highest Test wicket taker on the day. "Very remarkable, very pleasing", Root told Sky Sports.
"We talk about being ruthless", Root said. "Today was a fine example of that".
The last time England toured the Caribbean, the hosts came out on top in a Test match and if they can deliver to their potential, the West Indies definitely can beat England in England too.
"I saw him (Botham) downstairs and I could tell he was genuinely proud and delighted that I'd managed to go past him and that's testament to him", Broad said of Ian Botham.
Anderson, who had set the ball rolling with the first wicket on Friday, continued where he left off after a false start when the players had to come off after just one ball because of rain. It left Broad with 384 Test wickets, one more than Botham's 383.
"I will politely be suggesting that I will be having sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two Tests against West Indies".
Underlining their woes with the bat, the Windies survived just 392 minutes with the bat across both of their innings, more than three hours less than England opener Alastair Cook spent at the crease during his score of 243. Blackwood was then stumped by wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow off Ali before Broad struck.
"I'll play as long as that competitive spirit and drive is there because that's what gets me up in the morning, the theatre of trying to get out a batsman". Toby Roland-Jones, the new man in the seam attack, finished it off when he forced an outside edge from Alzarri Joseph.
But star names faced with a choice between a lowly paid tournament - the economics of many West Indies territories mean officials can not match the wages on offer elsewhere in the world - or a clashing but lucrative Twenty20 league simply took the better deal.
Muttiah Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in Test history, 800 all by himself, somewhat dwarfing Chaminda Vaas' impressive haul of 355 and perhaps because of Murali's brilliance and the traditional dominance of spin bowling on sub-continent pitches, the role of Vaas can be overlooked and the partnership is far less heralded than those touched on above. Blackwood, who played so well in the first innings couldn't repeat it.