Roach looks to deliver on home soil

Bridgetown, Barbados - West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach is looking to put his best foot forward when the Windies meet Pakistan in the Third Digicel One Day International on Thursday.

The match will be played at the historic Kensington Oval on National Heroes Day – a public holiday. First ball is 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time).

Roach, who was born and raised in Barbados, said the match is a golden opportunity to perform in front of his hometown supporters.

“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 early wickets with the new ball and that always puts pressure on the batsmen to come.”

Roach, who can often top 90 miles per hour, was one of the stars in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup where he took a brilliant hat-trick against The Netherlands at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. So far this series he has gone wicketless, but has promised a change of fortunes on the Kensington pitch.

“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.”

Roach has also showed some skill with the bat. On Monday, in the second Digicel ODI, he made a career-best 24, including a big six over midwicket, to bolster the lower-order.

“I spend most of my time working on my bowling but I have been putting in some hours working on my batting, trying to get it right. I always try to play straight and try to hang in for a long as possible. I know I have the ability to contribute and will keep trying.”