News- 5 wickets haul in England’s first innings at Lord’s, Windies’ fast bowler Kemar Roach admitted he had had doubts that he would ever return to his best in Test cricket after a severe shoulder injury had reduced his pace and poor form had ruled him out of Test action for 18 months.
Before this series, Roach’s last Test had been in January 2016 against Australia in Sydney. Since then, poor form had kept him out of the side and although he has returned to Windies’ team down on pace from the tearaway who burst on to the international scene in 2009, he is a far more experienced and consistent bowler now. He has bowled excellently throughout the three Tests of this tour and had been unlucky to have picked up just six wickets before this game as his reward. His spell of 5-72 here from 24 overs, including an unbroken spell of 12.3 overs after lunch, was finally some recognition for his efforts.
“I had some doubts,” Roach said after play on Friday (September 8). “It was a pretty tough time, breaking your shoulder is not easy and a lot of hard rehab got me back here. I’m proud of myself to come back and still perform for the West Indies.”
“We are here to fight,” he said. “We had it in our minds to come here and win. We will definitely be trying to do that. There are things we need to brush up on but all in all, a young side coming to England, they’ve put up a hell of a fight and we want to keep fighting in the second innings.”