England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 2 - Kemar Roach Becomes First West Indies Bowler In Last 26 Years To Complete 200 Test Wickets
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 2 – Kemar Roach Becomes First West Indies Bowler In Last 26 Years To Complete 200 Test Wickets

Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach after completing 200 Test wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.

Kemar Roach, 200 Test wickets, West Indies
Kemar Roach (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.
Sir Curtly Ambrose, West Indies
Sir Curtly Ambrose (Image Credit: Twitter)
  • 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.
Kemar Roach, 200 Test wickets, West Indies
Kemar Roach is the latest West Indies bowler to complete 200 Test wickets (Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets

Player Matches Wickets
Courtney Walsh 132 519
Sir Curtly Ambrose 98 405
Malcolm Marshall 81 376
Lance Gibbs 79 309
Joel Garner 58 259
Michael Holding 60 249
Sir Garry Sobers 93 235
Sir Andy Roberts 47 202
Kemar Roach 59 200

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.

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