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West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach might not bowl for the remainder of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion after he injured his ankle.
Roach heard his ankle pop when he was delivering the fourth ball of his 16th over. After hearing that sound, he immediately called for medical treatment and was taken for an MRI scan which revealed no significant damage.
While the West Indies would like to see Roach bowl again in the first Test, media manager Philip Spooner stated that there was “no rush” to get him back on the pitch.
However, one person who is hoping Roach will bowl again during this match is fellow seamer Sheldon Cottrell.
“I am very anxious to have him back. I wouldn’t mind it he is there in the morning,” Cottrell said. “He has so much experience and because I am inexperienced, he gives me pointers.”
Cottrell also admitted that things did not go according to plan on the second day.
“My game plan was bowl a good-enough length to disturb the batsmen with the inswinger, because it has been said that South Africa is a bit iffy when coming out against a left arm pace bowler,” he said. “It was moving quite a bit. I didn’t have the control that I really wanted. There was a lot of moisture in the wicket. We were struggling to find lengths and lines.”
When asked how he would rate the West Indies’ performance on day two, Cottrell noted that he would give it a five out of 10.
“The guys came up with a number of plans, it just didn’t work. Our boys really worked hard today,” he said. “We are a bit down but we are not out, we are still in it.”