Roach confident ahead of 2nd ODI
Colombo, Sri Lanka – The West Indies will be looking to go one-up when they face Sri Lanka in the 2nd ERI One-Day International at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Thursday.
The two sides had a wash-out in the series-opener on Monday and the second match becomes all-important. First ball in Thursday’s match is 9.30 am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean Time/11 pm Wednesday Jamaica Time).
Head of the Windies bowling attack, Kemar Roach said he will be looking to get among the wickets once he gets the ball in his hand and reap the kind of success he had in the Test Series late last year. Back then the 22-year-old pacer Roach took 10 wickets at 24.5 apiece to be named Man-of-the-Series. During that series he consistently topped 90 miles per hour and that worried the Sri Lankan batsmen with his pace and late swing.
“I did quite well in the Test Series last year and I’m looking to continue from where I left off. We did not get to bowl in the first match so hopefully we will have better weather tomorrow for the second match and I could get a good run out,” Roach said.
Roach was speaking after Thursday’s training session at the Nondescripts Cricket Club. In his career so far Roach has excellent numbers. He has taken 26 wickets in 14 matches at 21.3 runs each. He has been doing a lot of planning and working on a few new things with Head Coach Ottis Gibson.
“I have been doing a lot of planning for this series as well as for the World Cup, which is around the corner. I have been working on my changes of pace, as that is very important in limited overs cricket. I have also been working on my yorker, which is an important part of a bowler’s arsenal in the ‘death’ overs. I have put in a lot of work in the nets since we got here in Sri Lanka and I have shared a few new ideas with the Coach,” Roach said.
Looking ahead to Thursday he added: “The ball did a bit at the top of the innings when we batted first on Monday. With such an early start you can expect help as a fast bowler, so if we bowl first I would be looking to make the most of it.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath, Devon Smith Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawerdena, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Thisara Perera, Muttian Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kalusekera, Dilhara Fernandao, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Bruce Oxenford; TV umpire: R Martinesz; Fourth umpire: R Rambukwella
ICC Match referee: Andy Pycroft