Windies vs Bangladesh: Windies rest Kemar Roach for the second Test in Jamaica

Roach was the wrecker in chief in the first Test.

Kemar Roach Windies v England
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: Kemar Roach of the West Indies  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Windies are currently taking part in a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. The hosts managed to thump Shakib Al Hasan and Co in the first Test at North Sound by a comprehensive margin of an innings and 219 runs. It took a tad over a couple of days for Jason Holder’s men to roll over the hapless visitors. However, the Windies had their fair share of troubles in the match.

Kemar Roach, who picked up a five-wicket haul to wreak havoc in the opposition camp in Bangladesh’s first innings, pulled a hamstring and hobbled off the park after bowling only five overs. He has been ordered to give it some time to recover and quite rightly, the Windies have decided to rest him from the 13-man squad. Alzarri Joseph, the Antigua-born fast-bowler has been roped in as his replacement.

Joesph’s career in brief

Joseph made his Test debut against India at Gros Islet back in August 2016 and has played six matches in the format thus far. He sustained a stress fracture last year in New Zealand. His last Test was against England at Birmingham. He was picked to play for the board President XI that played Bangladesh before the start of the Test series.

He turned out to be the best bowler of the team with a spell of 15-3-53-4. The speedster picked up the wickets of Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan. The second Test match will be played at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica from July 12. Roach ripped apart the visiting team’s batting on the first day’s pre-lunch session and his omission is expected to weaken their bowling.

Bangladesh had a torrid time in the first Test in Antigua and looked completely out of sorts against the hostile Windies attack. They would be keen to make amends and turn up with a better performance in the next match.

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