Roach eager to shine at home
Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, is hoping the traditionally seamer-friendly Barbados track will help him produce a better performance in what is a crucial game for the home team. West Indies trail the five-match ODI series against Pakistan 0-2, and Roach, who's had a poor series thus far, was eager to revive his fortunes in home conditions.
"This is a big match in the series - a crucial match. We know we need a win and we will be coming out to play hard. We have fallen behind two-nil, so here is the time to get things right and get a win and stay in the series," Roach said. "It's always good to play at home in very familiar conditions. I'm looking to hit my 'areas' and look to make inroads into the batting. I always look for wickets with the new ball - that always puts pressure on the batsmen to come."
Roach had an impressive World Cup, grabbing a hat-trick against Netherlands and good returns in the other games with the exception of the quarter-final. He picked up 13 wickets in six games, but has gone wicketless in 18.3 overs in the two games he's played this series; he's also been a touch expensive, conceding 101 runs.
"The pitch (at Beausejour) in St Lucia was a bit on the slow side and it was a bit flat. Kensington is usually somewhat faster and offers more to my type of bowling so I will be looking for better returns. You still have to work hard, there are no half measures. Cricket at this level is never easy, so we know we have to keep working hard to reap success."