West Indies news May 20, 2014

Roach targets NZ series for comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, hopes to be picked for the home series against New Zealand starting next month, after seven months out of the game. On Saturday, Roach played a Twenty20 match for his club CGI Maple. It was his first taste of cricket since a shoulder injury had ruled him out of West Indies' tour of India last November.

"I am glad to be back on the field playing for Maple and I am looking forward to representing the West Indies again as soon as possible with my focus on the Test series against New Zealand in a few weeks," Roach told the Barbados Cricket Association's (BCA) website.

Roach is part of West Indies' 20-man preparatory camp ahead of the New Zealand series.

"I have really missed playing," he said. "Seven months out of cricket is a long time and now I am at the point where I can play again. I am very confident that once I get some more sessions in and some strength work, I will be raring to go for the first Test against New Zealand, if selected."

Soon after leaving the India tour midway, Roach underwent surgery on his shoulder. Since April, Roach has been working with BCA coach Vasbert Drakes, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson and his Maple teammate Corey Collymore - all three are former West Indies fast bowlers - in order to get his shoulder back in shape for bowling.

"I was working with Vasbert and also had some sessions with Ottis," Roach said. "I was in the gym earlier in the year and then the bowling aspect of it started in April. It was basic stuff as in the rotation of the arm and the fundamentals of fast bowling.

"I practised with Maple the entire week before the game on Saturday. I was working with Corey and he helped me to get my technique back and some basic stuff about bowling. Corey watched me bowl on Saturday. He gave me some pointers on what he thought about my bowling and he told me about a few flaws that can be worked on in the next couple of weeks. It was a happy atmosphere and a very relaxed environment."

Roach said he was looking forward to facing New Zealand, particularly since they had beaten West Indies at home the last time the two sides met.

"After our Test series against New Zealand in New Zealand in December when we were beaten 2-0, I think this one is going to be very intense because the last time they came to the Caribbean two years ago we won both Tests," he said. "With a new captain in Denesh Ramdin, I think the guys can put in some good performances and win this series."

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  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Kemar Roach is among the few fastest bowlers in the world who constantly hits high 130s KPH but he has not produced the results for West Indies as most people would have hoped. I think the great quickies from WI like Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop etc should work with these young laids to polish their skills. Bowling quick as Kemar does is not an easy job. They should not waste such bowlers in using them in any leagues less than international cricket.

  • Patrick on May 23, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    @Wirus Edwards is definitely in my team pick see below. He should be ahead of everyone in the batting line up except Shiv.

  • Patrick on May 23, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @FOUR REAL QUICKS Both Powell and Braithwaite have not really excelled at Test level. Powell slightly better with an average of 28 than Braithwaite's 22 but theses are hardly awe inspiring. Maybe they lacked maturity when they've played Tests previously, but they really now have to cement their place in this series or they will be like Barath who showed so much promise but then was dropped. Given the recent four day comp, they should be given one more chance.

  • CRIC on May 22, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Powell "failed"...?

    With scores of 91, 86, 67, 54 in ten innings, total runs for the season 414 at an average of over 41. May not be great but it is far from a failure. He failed against England in the ODI series but that has little bearing on the longer format.

    Kraigg Brathwaitte must be close to a call though...

  • Orlando on May 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I hear you PaddyRasta1 and you're right - Gayle will be chosen and if he scores a 40 or so he will be chosen throughout the series. Dwayne Bravo looks uncertain as his injury is not sufficiently healed.Yes the cupboard is bare. All the more reason why you can't afford to ignore the leading run scorers, people like Blackwood, Brathwate and Edwards. Fudadin has also not failed in his couple opportunities at test level and has a good technique. Pity Carter and Johnson had a poor to average season, as did Powell and Barath. Just saying that it's a mistake to keep picking names without reference to form or hunger for the game.

  • CRIC on May 22, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Buckers, you would seriously bring back F.Edwards? No. That would be sheer folly. Sorry, but Fidel has long since been a threat at test standard. Eve when his pace was up there with the best of them, his radar was rarely tuned in. Rather go with Jason Holder - who has increased pace distinctly during the past 12 months, or either of the Windwards seamers Kenroy Peters / Mervyn Mathew. Mathew looked lively and bowled good lines and lengths this season, while Peters has long since shown he is a wicket taking machine. If quicker, he'd surely have been selected long ago. The calls for Rampaul or F.Edwards are generally made by people who did not watch any of the regional season. Rampaul has shocking physical condition and cannot be relied upon to last five days. Time to bring in some new blood, along with a possible recall for Taylor - one who did bowl well in the regional tournament, consistently beating the bat and asking questions of most he bowled at. Beaton+Jordan are the future.

  • Patrick on May 22, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    @wirus I agree with some of your rationale but let's face it, Gayle is a certain start in the next Test at home in his hundredth Test. Dwayne Bravo however is not. He has not played enough FC cricket to warrant a place as a batting all rounder - his past record does not give him that right either. I agree with Blackwood probably in for Samuels who continues to flatter to deceive. And maybe Braithwaite for Powell but both have had quite a few chances and have not cemented their place. However the cupboard is bare. The others you mentioned are all short format specialists. Simmons in great form in IPL but we have to trick him into thinking he only has 20 overs to make his century in Test cricket. Maybe his eyes just don't pick up the red ball as well as the white one.

  • Orlando on May 22, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    It is agreed that Roach should be fully fit before returning. Whether they go with 2 quicks and 2 spinners or 3 quicks, the fast bowlers must use their heads. I suspect Ramdin will be more proactive about the quality of the bowling and will intervene when rubbish is being bowled. Far more important is not continuing the disastrous policy of picking names instead of hungry, focus, in-form batsmen. Much as they have had good times in the past, Gayle, Powell and Samuels have failed repeatedly of late and Gayle looks like a walking wicket to any left arm quick who bowls across his body. Will the selectors be brave or give in to territorial pressure? What rationale is there for keeping Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards out? Why not give Blackwood an opportunity? They will have the experience of Chanders and Dwayne Bravo at 5 and 6 and Darren at 3. Powell, Pollard, Fudadin, Dwayne Smith, Barath, Carter, Johnson, Simmons, etc should be having intensive training to prepare them to step in.

  • Brendan on May 21, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    team for first test has to be; Gayle, Edwards, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Shiv, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin (c), Narine, Shillingford, Roach, F Edwards

  • Patrick on May 21, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Roach should not be risked unless absolutely match fit. He must be able to bowl his quota of overs as otherwise other bowlers will be burnt out. I really hope Taylor gets a game. With the Jamaican pitch unlikely to see 2 spinners and the other Jamaicans will be picked, so. Gayle, Powell, Darren Bravo, Edwards, Samuels, Shiv, Ramdin, Taylor, Gabriel, Rampaul, Miller/Narine.

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