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West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach has announced that he is eager to “get to No. 1 in the world” after he took his first five-wicket haul of the year on the second day of the second Test against Bangladesh in St Lucia.
Roach’s superb bowling figures of 5-42 helped the West Indies skittle Bangladesh out for 161 during their first innings.
“I want to get to No. 1 in the world,” Roach said. “So I am trying to take steps towards that and obviously keep taking wickets, keep moving up the rankings and keep helping West Indies win games.
“It feels good on a bowler-friendly wicket to hit the straps early. Getting some wickets against the Bangladeshis is a good feeling for me and for the West Indies as well. Hopefully we can come on tomorrow and finish the game.”
Thanks to his brilliant performance in the ongoing Test series, Roach is now ranked tenth on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Bowlers rankings. In addition to that, he is also the West Indies’ highest wicket-taker this year.
Roach also noted that the pitch in St Lucia is much more “bowler-friendly” than the one in St Vincent, which is where the first Test was held.
“This pitch was much-more bowler-friendly,” he said. “Much more bounce in the wicket, the ball seaming around early on. The wicket in St Vincent was flat, very hard to bowl on and the guys, once they got set, it was hard to get them out. But here, they all gave chances with the ball. I was trying to be consistent on the good length outside off stump with the occasional bumper. They help you get rewards.
“I tried to break out of the box today. The guys are not very friendly to short-bowling. I used it, set the batsmen back and set them up. I have been in good form for the last couple of months and I am going to take it on from there and take it on to further series.”
Roach also lauded bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose for constantly giving the pace bowlers tips and snippets of advice during the game.
“As a legend of the game, it’s great to have him around. He’s very skillful and knowledgeable about the bowling,” Roach said. “He helps us a lot when it comes to line and length in our bowling, so I must give credit to him as well. He tells us stories from back in the day and it is good for us youngsters to have someone like him around.”