Johnny Grave, the English chief executive of what is now Cricket West Indies, accepted an "awful" amount of work was required to restore the team's Test fortunes.
"He [Botham] has obviously been a hero of mine, the person who gave me my Test cap back in 2007 and someone who inspired me to play cricket for England with his performances against Australia".
Nonetheless, for England's long-term well-being, the sight of Malan's first significant score on the board was at least as encouraging as the huge number once again clocking up next to Cook's name. Root now sits level with Mominul Haque, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Viv Richards in the hall of fame and has the chance to join AB de Villiers on 12 in the next Test - on home turf at Headingley.
Stuart Broad took three wickets for four runs in 11 balls, including two in two, as he surpassed Ian Botham's tally of 383 Test wickets and moved into second-place in England's all-time list behind longstanding new-ball partner James Anderson. Bairstow soon followed, playing on to Jason Holder for 18, before Moeen Ali - never one to stick when he can twist, especially with a scoreline of 505 for 6 to back him up - slashed airily to point for a duck against Chase who finished with a hard-earned four-wicket haul.
"Today was about making sure we got into a position of strength", England captain Root said. "There's been some great memories along the way, certainly".
"You don't really remember the wickets you take, you remember the Test matches you win and those special moments winning series".
The day-night Test, the first to be held in the United Kingdom, was arranged partly to help England prepare for the Ashes, where they will meet Australia in a floodlit Test in Adelaide.
Brathwaite fell caught-behind pushing forward, and Stuart Broad would have added the wicket of the West Indies' other opener Kieran Powell for just two, had Stokes clung on to a sharp chance away to his right at gully.
Roland-Jones ended the match when he had Alzarri Joseph caught in the slips by all-rounder Ben Stokes.
England still has questions over a new and unproven top order, but that didn't matter one bit. England's dominance was so complete that the much-hyped task of batting under floodlights wasn't a factor, save for Broad's late spell. Still, the manager did not consider the crowd as a whole any less good-natured than at a normal day of Test cricket. Root's century was his 13th in Test matches and Cook's his 31st and first since relinquishing the England captaincy in February.
Only Jamaican Blackwood, who struck two sixes and nine fours, stood firm with his 49-ball half-century, going on to his 79 off just 76 balls.
The final hour of England's innings heralded the start of what would prove to be West Indies' most effective mini-session to date. That left England 39-2 in the eighth over after Root won the toss and opted to bat first.