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Kemar Roach Says Bangladesh's First Innings Collapse Surprised Him

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 5, 2018, 3:49 PM IST
Kemar Roach Says Bangladesh's First Innings Collapse Surprised Him

Kemar Roach (Getty Images)

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Antigua: Kemar Roach was the star of the show in Antigua on Wednesday as West Indies skittled out Bangladesh for just 43 in their first innings in the first Test of the series. It was all a matter of 12 balls that saw Roach run through the Bangladesh line-up in North Sound. Even the pacer was surprised by the pace at which the innings ended.

"Obviously it felt good. It came pretty rapid," Roach said, describing his eighth five-wicket haul. "It was a bit surprising. Obviously to go out there and perform for West Indies is the main goal. To do that today and put West Indies in a good position - I'm happy with that.

"I've been doing a lot of work with my bowling coach Corey Collymore. I think he's done a great job with me when he came on board. My rhythm today was fantastic; the ball came out just the way I wanted to. Yeah, got five wickets in a quick span of time; I'm happy with that."

Roach said that he had spoken to Alzarri Joseph and asked him about the areas to bowl in at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and that helped the pacer in his preparation ahead of the game.

"Yeah, it's [the conditions in North Sound] different," Roach said. "I haven't played much here, but I've been talking to one of the guys - Alzarri Joseph - he's from here. He told me that the wicket's always a good batting wicket, but what's important is to bowl in good areas if you want to get some rewards, so today was just that for me.

"I try to use the angles as much as possible. I tried to bring in all three aspects of dismissals into play: lbw, bowled, and caught. I just wanted to be as consistent as possible, make a batsman play as much as possible and, obviously play on the mistake."

Roach had to fight a hamstring niggle during his spell on Wednesday, but the pacer feels it isn’t anything serious.

"I felt like something's there in my hamstring," Roach said. "It's started to get worse as I went on; just tweaked it a little bit while running in. It's a little heavy, the outfield, it feels heavy on the legs. It's [the injury] not so serious so far. I pulled out of the innings to get some treatment from Dave [physio], I think he did a fantastic job. It's quite early but I'm feeling pretty good about bowling in the second innings again."
First Published: July 5, 2018, 11:40 AM IST
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