Roach wants to clock 155kph
Kemar Roach, West Indies' quickest bowler, believes he can go even faster in this week's third Test against Australia in Perth. Roach has troubled the local batsmen with his speed in the opening two matches, taking four wickets at 58.75, and will feel the need for speed at the WACA from Wednesday.
"I really think I can bowl much faster ... I think I can get up to 155kph in Perth, easy," Roach said in the Herald Sun. "I want to bowl as consistently and as fast as possible and try to bowl what the batsmen don't expect."
Roach, who has played only four Tests, has heard all about the Perth pitch, which was once the fastest in the world but has slowed over the past few years. However, he is hoping it offers more than the typical surfaces around the globe.
"Most of the wickets in the world are flat, so to get one bouncy and pacy like this makes me really happy," he said. "I should really enjoy it here."
Roach has picked up Ricky Ponting twice so far and would like to get him again. "Ponting is one of the best batsmen in the world, I have a lot of respect for him," he said. "To have his wicket a couple of times is a big prize, I must say." Ponting has said he has not lost any sleep over facing Roach in Perth, where he will look to take the series 2-0.