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Kemar Roach considers himself fortunate to make his comeback

Roach thanked Corey Collymore who had a major role to play in Roach's success.

Kemar Roach Windies v England
Kemar Roach. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

After the first day of the 3rd Test match was all about Ben Stokes and his incredible six wicket haul, the second Day belonged to Kemar Roach of the West Indies. The 29-year-old stole the show with his brilliant spell of 5 wickets at the cost of 72 runs and went on to become the 6th West Indian player to have his name up on the Lords honour board. Owing to a rampant display from Roach, West Indies restricted the Englishmen to a score of 194.

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However, the bowler considers himself fortunate that he could make his return to international cricket after he broke a bone in his shoulder during the 2014 India tour. Roach had to undergo surgery following the accident and it almost seemed as if the effective pacer would not get back his pace and consistency again. Roach who showed glimpses of becoming a lethal weapon for the West Indies, was in danger of reaching an end to his career.

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Speaking about the same Roach said “I had some doubts [whether I would return],” Roach said. “It was a pretty tough time. Breaking your shoulder is not easy but a lot of hard rehab and hours of training got me back here. I’m proud of myself to be able to come back and perform for the West Indies.”

“It means a lot to earn a place on that honours board. There are a lot of players went before me, the likes of Courtney Walsh and Malcolm Marshall. And a lot of players who have come here and never got it done. So to be part of that board is history.” he added.

Roach thanked Corey Collymore who had a major role to play in Roach’s success. “I’ve been talking to past players,” Roach said. “The likes of Corey Collymore; guys who have played in England for a couple of years. So coming here I was prepared and knew how to bowl on certain pitches. Kudos to those guys for helping me out. I’ve learnt my art a little bit more. I’m more experienced.” Roach said.

the right arm pacer also made it clear that the West Indies are not over yet. He hailed his young side for their fighting spirit and their brilliant character throughout the England tour. “A young side have come to England and put up a hell of a fight,” he said. “And we’re going to keep fighting. We had a tough time at Edgbaston but to come back so strong in Leeds was an amazing feeling. We have come here to win and the guys are very confident.” he concluded.

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