Standing at just 1.72m, Kemar Roach is not your typical West Indian fast bowler. However, what he lacks in height, he makes up for with a tight action and a fast arm that allows him to break the 90mph barrier regularly. Kemar is an attacking, wicket-taking bowler – nobody has taken more five-wicket hauls in Tests for West Indies since he came into the side in 2009. Following the West Indies Tour of England 2020, Kemar moved to 9th on the all-time list of West Indies Test match wicket takers.
Since 2017, Kemar Roach has been a lynchpin of the West Indies attack including being the leading West Indies wicket-taker in Tests in 2019.
Roach’s Test career began with a bang when he was selected against Bangladesh in St Vincent. Despite becoming known primarily for his skills in the Test arena, Roach had already featured in West Indies’ ODI and T20I side before his debut Test. He was selected in West Indies’ 2011 World Cup squad in the subcontinent, a tournament he finished as his side’s leading wicket-taker with 13, including a hat-trick against Netherlands in Delhi.
Roach would play in a second World Cup in 2015 but after touring Australia in 2015-16 where Roach was wicketless in all three Tests, he faced a period out of the team and attempted to revive his career in the domestic game. He impressed the selectors sufficiently to be recalled 18 months later for West Indies’ tour of England in 2017 and repaid their faith by picking up 11 wickets in three matches, the second most in the series behind James Anderson’s 19.