Roach on the rise
Kemar Roach?is the MIDWEEK?NATION’s Sports Personality for the month of April.
The 23-year-old fast bowler was on song during the just ended three-Test series against Australia, capturing 19 wickets – the most by any bowler on either side – at an average of 19.73, pushing his career tally to 62 wickets in 17?Tests at an average of 28.67 and a strike rate of 53.4.
He was at his best during the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval when he took five for 105 in 27 overs and five for 41 in 18 overs, helping the Windies to earn a commendable draw as he truly rediscovered the art of fast bowling on a docile pitch.
His fantastic bowling display, in which he again proved too hot to handle for former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, whom he dismissed twice, as well as frontline batsmen David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson and Michael Hussey, earned him a career-best 16th position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.
This is a phenomenal rise of 21 places, as he started the series in 37th position. (EZS)