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Fawad Alam (Photo-Twitter)
Fawad Alam (Photo-Twitter)
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Fawad Alam Becomes The Fastest Pakistan Batsman To Register 5 Test Tons

Fawad Alam has become the fastest Pakistan batsman to register five Test hundreds. Fawad Alam achieved the feat in the ongoing second Test against West Indies on Sunday.

The left-handed batsman scored his fifth Test ton only in his 22nd innings. Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan was the fastest from the country before Fawad Alam broke his record.

Fawad Alam Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Fawad Alam Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Fawad Alam Breaks Younis Khan’s Record Of Scoring Quickest First Five Test Tons

Younis Khan had scored his first five-Test tons in 28 innings while Saleem Malik achieved a similar feat in 29 innings. Fawad Alam also became the sixth Pakistan batsman to score a century at Sabina Park, joining Imtiaz Ahmed (122 in 1958), Wazir Mohammad (106 in 1958), Asif Iqbal (135 in 1977), Younis Khan (106 in 2005), and Inzamam-ul-Haq (117 not out in 2005).

Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI
Younis Khan. Pic/AP, PTI

In reaching his century, the 35-year-old left-hander also became the quickest Asian batsman to reach five Test centuries in 22 innings, eclipsing Cheteshwar Pujara (24 innings) and Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar (both achieved the feat in 25 innings).

Fawad Alam Scores Unbeaten 124 In Pakistan’s 302/9 Declared

On day three of the second Test, Fawad Alam defied West Indies bowlers to record his fifth Test hundred before left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi snatched a brace of wickets to rock the hosts’ top order. Pakistan converted their overnight 212-4 into 302-9, before declaring 35 minutes after tea on Sunday.

The left-handed Fawad Alam struck an unbeaten 124, resuming his innings on 76 after retiring from heat exhaustion, 20 minutes after tea on Friday’s opening day. Babar Azam had scored 75 while the likes of Abid Ali(1), Imran Butt(1) ad Azhar Ali(0) fell cheaply.

Mohammad Rizwan made 31 and Faheem Ashraf got 26, with fast bowlers Jayden Seales (3-31) and Kemar Roach (3-68) finishing with three scalps apiece, and Jason Holder supporting with 2-46. Faced with 27 overs at the back end of the final session, West Indies closed at 39-3 for at the close – 263 runs adrift in the first innings with two days left in the match as Day 2 was washed out.

Pakistani batsman Fawad Alam celebrates after scoring a century against New Zealand. Photo: Twitter
Pakistani batsman Fawad Alam celebrates after scoring a century against New Zealand. Photo: Twitter

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam returned to Pakistan’s Test playing XI after missing 88 matches in the span of 10 years and 8 months. Fawad Alam was picked in the playing XI of the second Test match against England in Southampton in the place of Shadab Khan.

He last played for Pakistan in a Test in November 2009 against New Zealand. The 88 Tests gap is the 7th longest between two matches in red-ball cricket. While it is the second-longest gap for a Pakistan cricketer as Younis Ahmed tops the list with 104 Tests gap between 1969-1987.

The 35-year-old left-hander smashed a debut hundred in Sri Lanka in 2009 but was discarded after only two more Tests and then had to wait for 10 years and 259 days for his next Test, in England last year.

In 13 Tests, he has amassed 895 runs averaging 47.11 with 5 tons and a solitary fifty.

Kemar Roach celebrates Michael Steele/Pool via AP
Kemar Roach celebrates Michael Steele/Pool via AP
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Kemar Roach Feels His 30 Was His Best Innings After West Indies Win By 1 Wicket

Kemar Roach, West Indies fast bowler reflected on his match-winning knock against Pakistan by saying it was by far the most important innings of his career.

Chasing a target of 168 runs, West Indies suffered some serious setbacks as they were reduced to 114/7 at one point. The partnerships that Kemar Roach built, initially with Joshua Da Silva and later on with Jayden Seales, were crucial in getting West Indies home with just a solitary wicket to spare.

Kemar Roach Associated Press
Kemar Roach Associated Press

Kemar Roach’s 30 Was His Best Innings With The Bat, Feels The Pacer After West Indies Scrapes Through Winning By 1 Wicket

Speaking to the broadcaster after the match, Kemar Roach admitted that he had never been in a similar situation before. After taking a five-for in the morning, No. 11 Jayden Seales hung around for his partner Kemar Roach to hit the winning runs

“By far. By far (the best innings with the bat). I have never been in a situation like that before. Batting with the tail, I am a part of the tail. For me, just go out there and believe, that was the biggest thing. Believe, stay positive,” Roach said.

Jayden Seales and Kemar Roach bump fists after the winning runs, West Indies vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day, August 15, 2021
Jayden Seales and Kemar Roach bump fists after the winning runs, West Indies vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day, August 15, 2021, © AFP/Getty Images

The pacer added that the key was to focus on one ball at a time and not think ahead.

“Bat each ball at a time. Our batting coach says, “Monty, one ball battles”. Just take on one ball at a time. At the end of the day, it came off and we won the Test match.”

West Indies were set 168 to win. But they ended up battered and bruised and barely standing as Pakistan, and especially Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, went all guns blazing. Kemar Roach’s strength of will translated into 30 unbeaten, match-winning runs.

His experience shepherded the 19-year old Jayden Seales, who had already announced that he was ready for the big stage by picking up 5 for 55, through a last-wicket partnership that just wouldn’t be broken, even across four high-pressure overs.

Kemar Roach Advised Jayden Seales To Protect His Wicket

Kemar Roach hit Hasan Ali through the covers to seal the victory for the West Indies and remained not out on 30. When young fast bowler Jayden Seales walked in as the No. 11 batsman for the West Indies, they were still 17 runs away from the target. Kemar Roach revealed that the only advice to his young partner at the other end was to protect his stumps.

“I just told him that, protect your stumps. Obviously, on that wicket, the biggest threat is the ball straight. So I just told him to protect the wicket as best as he could. If you get nicked off, if you get caught, that’s fine. Just protect your wickets. He did it very well.”

Jayden Seales celebrates the dismissal of Fawad Alam (Photo: AFP)
Jayden Seales celebrates the dismissal of Fawad Alam (Photo: AFP)

The 33-year-old, who is the leader of the fast-bowling pack, is impressed with Jayden Seales, whom he believes is one for the future. West Indies pacer Jayden Seales was earlier reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Sabina Park.

“He showed great fight. He is a star for the future. He has a good heart. He is very calm under pressure. I am proud of him as well,” Roach signed off.

Jayden Seales became the youngest West Indian to take a five-wicket haul in Test matches earlier in the match. He was declared the Player of the Match for his match figures of 8/125. With the victory, West Indies have gone 1-0 up in the two-match series.

West Indies’ Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite‘s 97 off 221 deliveries was the highest individual score across all four innings of an extremely tight game.

West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 97, Holder 58, Afridi 4-59) and 168 for 9 (Blackwood 55, Roach 30*, Afridi 4-50) beat Pakistan 217 (Fawad 56, Holder 3-26, Seales 3-70) and 203 (Azam 55, Seales 5-55, Roach 3-30) by one wicket

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England vs West Indies: That Landmark Had Given Me Restless Nights: Kemar Roach After Completing 200 Test Wickets

West Indies bowler Kemar Roach touched the 200-Test-wicket mark in the ongoing third Test match against England in Manchester. He became the first Windies since the legendary Curtly Ambrose 26-year-ago to go past 200 Test wickets. Now, the 32-year-old, who has played 59 Test matches, has set another goal to grab 300 Test wickets.

Kemar Roach achieved the feat after dismissing Chris Woakes in the first innings of the decider match of the series. He returned with the figure of 4/72 as England was all out for 369 runs.

That landmark had given me restless night: Kemar Roach

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Kemar Roach. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Before ending his wicket-drought in the England Tour, Roach went wicketless for nearly 11 months of Test cricket. The pacer was desperately waiting to achieve the landmark because of which he had few restless nights.

I guess I had that landmark on my mind a little bit too much, I had a few restless nights,” the fast bowler who is playing his 59th Test told the BBC.

Roach wants to pick 300 Test wickets:

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

Although he has achieved a unique feat, Roach’s hunger to accomplish more has not died. He wants to get past 300 Test wicket mark.

“It’s good to get past that barrier now and see how many more I can get. 300 would be great. I’ll work hard to get there and we’ll see how many I can go past 300.”

If Kemar Roach does get to 300, he would have gone past names like Gary Sobers (235), Michael Holding (249) and Joel Garner (259).

Ambrose is also the last West Indies bowler to go past the 300-wicket mark, having done so in June 1997 against Sri Lanka at St. John’s in Antigua.

Meanwhile, the Test series between England and the West Indies is currently levelled. The two teams are playing the winner decider series in Manchester where the hosts have upper hand on the game.

Kemar Roach
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Kemar Roach Believes Winning This Series Will Be The Pinnacle

On last Saturday (25th July), West Indies pacer Kemar Roach completed his 200 Test wickets and became the first Caribbean bowler since 1994 to reach this milestone. The 32-year-old wants to win this series, and while his team is struggling in the ongoing Manchester Test, he believes that the team can still fight back.

The hosts England and the visitors West Indies are currently busy in the Manchester Test, which is the last game of the three-match Test series. As the series is currently standing with 1-1, it is the series-decider game. After the visitors sent the hosts to bat first, England managed to score 369 runs in their first innings, where the Caribbean right-arm pacer got four wickets (4/72).

On the second day morning of this Test match, Roach picked up his third wicket in this match after dismissing Chris Woakes (1). It was also his 200th Test wicket which he achieved in 59 Tests. After Sir Curtly Ambrose completed his 200 Test wickets in March 1994, it took 26 years for a Caribbean bowler to reach this milestone.

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

At the stumps on day two, the West Indies were struggling on 137/6, trialling by 232 runs. However, Roach still believes that the Caribbean side can return to this game as he wants to win this series.

After the end of the day two, Roach said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I think winning the series would obviously be the pinnacle right now. We are a little bit behind on the eight-ball but I am sure guys have it in them to come back out of the pit and fight. It reaching 200 wickets will be a favourite moment for me if we win the series but right now it’s up there as one of the best moments in my career.”

Kemar Roach admitted that the 200-Test-wicket milestone was on his mind, which none of the Caribbean bowlers achieved since 1994. However, he tried to stay focused and positive as much as possible in this period.

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

He added, “It (200 wickets mark) did play on my mind, I would be lying if I say it did not. Some nights I was wondering what’s going on but it’s all about staying focused, staying positive, come out there and keep putting the hard work. That’s how we can break what we call a jinx.”

“It was tough but I have played cricket for long enough to understand those things happen. It’s all about remaining positive. Go out there, keep fighting every day and we all know once the spell is broken and then you are back into your own. Definitely back now, close to where I want to be.” 

It’s all about how much I can go now, 250, 300 wickets, probably 100 Test matches: Kemar Roach

Roach is now relieved after reaching this milestone. He also said that he was a bit emotional after completing that feat. The 32-year-old now wants to stretch his Test wicket column to 250-300 and even to stretch his Test match number to 100.

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Kemar Roach celebrates his wicket (Image Credits: AFP)

He claimed, “The landmark gave me a little bit of relief. Obviously it was a bit emotional. I know the journey I have had. It has been very very tough to get back on the field. To get that milestone is a weight off my back. It’s all about how much I can go now, 250, 300 wickets, probably 100 Test matches. Let’s see how much the body stays up and how long I can play cricket for West Indies.”

After that England’s first innings, Kemar Roach has taken 201 Test wickets.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 2 – Pacers Put The Hosts Front After Stuart Broad’s Fearless Batting

On the second day of the final Test of the three-match Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies, the Caribbean pacers started the day dominantly, but Stuart Broad’s firing batting and English pacers’ controlled-bowling led the host side to the front seat in this Test match.

England started the second day on their overnight score of 258/4. While the hosts were bowled out for 369 runs, the visitors ended the day on 137/6. The Caribbean side is trailing by 232 runs at the stumps of the day.

At the early period of the day, Rahkeem Cornwall dropped a straight forward chance of Ollie Pope at the first slip. However, the overnight batsman Pope still failed to add any runs on the day as Shannon Gabriel bowled him for his overnight score of 91 runs.

Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach then bowled Chris Woakes (1), who again failed to impress with the bat. It was the 200th Test wicket for Roach, who is playing 59th Test.

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

The other overnight batsman Jos Buttler was the next man to go as Gabriel dismissed him for 67 runs. Six balls later, Roach dismissed Jofra Archer (3). At that stage, England were battling on 280/8 as they lost the last four wickets in just 18 runs.

Stuart Broad completed his fifty in just 33 balls

In that nervous situation, Stuart Broad performed a fearless batting and recorded England’s joint-third fastest Test fifty as the left-handed batsman completed his 13th Test fifty in just 33 balls. Broad built up the smashing 76 runs partnership with patient Dom Bess for the ninth wicket before Roston Chase finally managed to dismiss him. Broad was dismissed after scoring 62 runs off 45 balls (9 fours and only six).

Stuart Broad, England
Stuart Broad recorded England’s joint-third fastest Test fifty (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Later, James Anderson also scored 11 runs before the Caribbean Test captain Jason Holder (1/83) opened his wicket column in that innings by dismissing the senior-most English cricket. Bess remained not out on 18 runs.

While Kemar Roach (4/72) bagged four wickets, Shannon Gabriel (2/77) and Roston Chase (2/36) took two wickets each in the first innings of this Test.

In reply, the visitors were losing wickets at regular intervals and continuously moved to the deep pressure situation. Till the end of the day, apart from the opener John Campbell (32), the middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood (26) and skipper Jason Holder (24*) managed to reach the 20-run mark. Apart from the captain, wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (10*) was also not out at the end of the day.

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Among the English pacers, James Anderson (2/17) and Stuart Broad (2/17) both picked up two wickets each while Jofra Archer (1/55) and Chris Woakes (1/39) also managed one wicket each.

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

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.
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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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Kemar Roach celebrates his wicket. Credits: AFP
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Watch: Kemar Roach Gets The Big Wicket Of Ben Stokes With A Beauty

There is no iota of doubt that currently, Ben Stokes is England’s best batsman. The southpaw has been in red-hot form in the recent past and he was always going to be a big wicket for the West Indies in the ongoing Ruth Strauss Foundation Test match. Stokes had once again got off to a start as he scored 20 runs but Kemar Roach produced a beauty to get rid of the danger man.

In fact, Roach was able to beautifully set up the left-hander. Roach bowled two bouncers to Stokes before disturbing his woodwork. The Windies pacer smashed Stokes on the helmet and thus a doctor had come out to check for the concussion. Subsequently, Roach bowled another bumper but this time Stokes was able to make the connection with the bat and also found the gap to score a boundary.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Kemar Roach scalped two wickets

Roach then bowled a good length ball which nipped back into the left-hander and found the gap between the bat and pad to hit the top of middle and off-stump. It was a huge wicket for the West Indies as Stokes has been in sublime form.

Stokes had scored 254 runs in the second Test match and he was at his absolute best in the previous match. In fact, Stokes will not be able to bowl in this Test match due to quad injury. He is playing as a specialist batsman and thus England had to drop Zak Crawley to play an extra seamer.

Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach. Credits: Twitter

After Stokes’ dismissal, England also lost the wicket of Rory Burns when Rahkeem Cornwall took a stunning catch. This left England in a soup at 122-4. However, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler were able to get their team out of the woods as they added 136 runs for the fifth wicket alliance.

Pope scored his fourth Test fifty and he is unbeaten on 91 runs whereas Buttler got the much-needed runs for himself as well as the team as he scored 54. Ollie Pope showed great technique and picked up quick singles in the initial phase of the innings. The right-hander also played some flamboyant drives through the off-side. England finished the opening day at 258-4.

Here is the video:

Jos Buttler, Ollie Pope
Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 3rd Test: Day 1 – Ollie Pope And Jos Buttler Guiding The Hosts To The Solid First Innings Total

Though England had a struggling start on the opening day of the third and final game of the three-match Test series at Old Trafford (Manchester), middle-order batsmen Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler helped the hosts to get out from the tensed situation with their dominant last session batting.

While this series is level by 1-1, the Caribbean captain Jason Holder won the toss in this series-decider Test and decided to field first once again. The hosts England made two changes (in Jofra Archer and James Anderson; out Zak Crawley and Sam Curran) while the visitors’ Caribbean side started the game with the only change (in Rahkeem Cornwall; out Alzarri Joseph). At the stumps on day one, England were batting on 258/4.

England struggled the first two sessions

Opener Dom Sibley, who scored a slow century in the first innings of the last Test, was dismissed in the first over of the match as the West Indies pacer Kemar Roach trapped him lbw for a five-ball duck.

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Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach got a wicket in the very first over of the match (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Another opener Rory Burns and captain Joe Root were then building up a slow partnership (46 runs), which was ended through Root’s (17) run-out after Roston Chase’s throw just managed to dislodge a striker-end bail in the right time. At lunch, England were batting on 66/2.

In the eighth over of the second session, Roach gave a big relief to the visitors after his brilliant inswinger clean bowled Ben Stokes (20).

After taking a good time, opener Rory Burns completed his half-century in 126 balls. Later, Chase dismissed Burns (57 off 147 balls) in his second over of the game after Rahkeem Cornwall took a brilliant slip catch. Before the tea break, England were battling on 131/4.

Rory Burns, England
Rory Burns (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Unbroken 5th wicket partnership: Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler have built up 136 runs

Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, England
Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

However, in the last session of the day, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler dominated with the time progress. At the stumps of the day, while Pope was not out on 91 runs and Buttler was batting on 56 runs, they have already set the 136 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket.

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Brian Lara Opens Up His Feeling How West Indies Can Achieve Success During England Tour

While West Indies are ready to restart the international cricket with the Southampton Test against the hosts England, the legendary Caribbean cricketer Brian Lara opens up his feeling how the present West Indies team can achieve success in Test cricket.

International cricket was suddenly stopped since the middle of March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Wednesday (8th July), England and West Indies are facing each other in the opening game of the three-match Test series at Southampton, which is also the first international game in almost last four months.

Despite having the good fast bowling line-up, Brian Lara feels that the success of the Caribbean team is dependent on the batsmen’s success.

Brian Lara, West Indies
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Recently, Lara told the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on the Master Blaster’s app ‘100 MB’, “Kemar Roach is one of the older guys in the time, he is one of the more experienced bowlers that we have but the key to any team taking the field, especially when they are taking the field after batting is how many runs do they have to play with.”

This present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board: Brian Lara

Lara believes that the Caribbean team needs to put some good runs on the board which will give the bowlers some comfort.

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West Indies Test team (Image Credits: Twitter)

The former Caribbean captain added, “The Windies side in the 70s or 80s always used to put up 300-350 runs on the board, this present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board, they need their batsmen to give the bowlers some comfort.”

Lara also pointed out that the pacers like Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel can achieve success with their attacking approach and the big score will allow them to go for attack their opposition batsmen.

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Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach (Image Credit: Twitter)

Lara claimed, “The effectiveness of Roach and Gabriel will only come into play if they do not go defensive because of the lack of the runs. That has been our problem for many years.”

The last two Tests of the three-match series between England and West Indies will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively, and Old Trafford (Manchester) will host both these Tests.

Kemar Roach, Virat Kohli
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Kemar Roach Warns Jofra Archer To Expect Nothing But Hostility From West Indies Players

West Indies’s robust pacer, Kemar Roach has warned Jofra Archer of not expecting a friendly atmosphere when he faces the teammates he snubbed to play for England. Barbados-born Archer is eligible to play for England because his father was born there and the paceman made his debut for the team last year.

His decision to reject the West Indies did not go down well, and fellow Barbadian Roach says Archer is unlikely to be given a friendly reception in the forthcoming Test series between the sides. The West Indies team has already landed in England as they will kickstart international cricketing action after the coronavirus pandemic.

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West Indies Test team Image Credits: Twitter

Kemar Roach has now openly said that Jofra Archer should not be expecting any sort of humility from his West Indian fellows.

Kemar Roach Issues A Warning For Jofra Archer

“Jofra made his decision and he’s done a fantastic job for England so far but there will be no friendships during this series,” Roach told reporters in a Zoom press conference on Sunday.

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Kemar Roach (Photo Source: ESPN)

“It’s all about winning and playing hard cricket. We will devise a plan for our batsmen to counter him and I’m looking forward to that battle,” Kemar Roach added.

I Have Seen His Potential Since He Was A Kid: Kemar Roach

“I saw him as a youngster in domestic cricket back home in Barbados and always thought he was talented. He has come over here and shown what he can do and I want to wish him all the best in his career,” Roach further said.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

But you will definitely see if we have any words for him on the field when that comes around,” Kemar Roach added.

Roach also revealed the West Indies squad are still discussing ways to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter cause when they play.

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