On the second day morning session of the ongoing third or final Test between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies at Manchester, the 32-year-old Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach completed his 200 Test wickets. He became the first Caribbean bowler in the last 26 years to achieve this feat.
England started the second day of this series-decider Test on their overnight score of 258/4. The Caribbean pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach bowled superbly in this morning, which led the English batting collapse as the hosts were suddenly struggling on 280/8.
The sixth wicket of that innings was the dismissal of Chris Woakes (1) where Kemar Roach sent him to the dressing room through the bowled dismissal. It was the third wicket in that innings and the 200th wicket in Test career for the Caribbean right-arm pacer Roach, who is playing his 59th Test match.
Some crucial stats after Kemar Roach completed his 200 Test wickets
- Roach became the ninth West Indies bowler to complete 200 Test wickets. Before him, Sir Curtly Ambrose was the last Caribbean bowler to reach this feat, who completed his 200 Test wickets in March 1994 during the Georgetown Test against England.
- Roach became the second-slowest West Indies bowler to complete 200 Test wickets as he achieved this feat in his 59th Test. Sir Garry Sobers is the slowest among the Caribbean bowlers to complete 200 Test wickets as he achieved that feat in 80 Tests.
West Indies bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets
|Sir Curtly Ambrose||98||405|
|Sir Garry Sobers||93||235|
|Sir Andy Roberts||47||202|
Kemar Roach made his international debut in June 2008 during the Bridgetown T20I against Australia (20th June 2008). While he made his ODI debut in the exact two months later (against Bermuda at King City on 20th August 2008), Roach made his Test debut in July 2009 during Kingstown Test against Bangladesh. Apart from 59 Tests, he has also played 92 Tests and 11 T20Is, where he has taken 124 and 10 wickets respectively.