West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Barbados April 28, 2011

Roach eager to shine at home

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    we have to give Sammy a chance, in the West Indies we are too critical when someone isn't performing,West Indies cricket was in decline before Sammy took over i believe he will make a great captain once given the chance.

    Pastor Charles Harewood

  • Douglas on April 28, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Roach, your new ball partner is now Rampaul! Until the next time he gets dropped again!

  • Douglas on April 28, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Good luch Roach. it must be said that most great fast bowlers operate in tandem (Lillee & Thomson; Roberts & Holding; Walsh & Ambrose etc.). the selectors have failed you here. They have taylor in India, and Fidel in the spectator stands. Besides Simmons,Darren Bravo & Samuels, we have no one else to put runs on the board, so its going to be an uphill task - but i still wish you all the best. Maybe Bishoo will support you. Sammy sucks!

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Its obvious that Sammy is trying his best, but his best is certainly not good enough. In facts since becoming captain his overall performance has decline. In the whole process of rebuliding, I think we should also groom another captain. Of all the young player included in the team, Darren Bravo would be my pick to groom, firstly as vice captain and subsequently as captain.

    On a slightly different aspect. I've hear much talk about the poor cricket pitches in the WI but very little action. I strongly believe that a more scientific approach should be taken to address the pitch improvement in the Caribbean. The WICB should invest some money in sending or providing scholarships at the MSc level to individual in the Caribbean to do a comprehensive study on cricket pitches around the world and to study the soil Indigenous to each island that can be used to develop cricket pitches of International standards.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Yeah, the best 11 of the 2nd ODI, looked far better than the 1st one. But, I'm sorry to hurt Sammy ( as a fan of WI cricket ) that he should be repaced by Andre Russel.

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