Sunday 7 November 2010 

Roach 'Willing To Take On Challenge' In Sri Lanka

Roach 'Willing To Take On Challenge' In Sri Lanka
Roach 'Willing To Take On Challenge' In Sri Lanka
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West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach says he is ready and willing to take up the challenge of leading his side's pace attack during their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

The first Test begins on 16th November in Colombo, ahead of which the tourists will take on a Board President's XI led by Thilan Samaraweera from 10th November.

“I believe I have prepared well and I’m excited about the possibilities as I look ahead to this tour," he said.

"We had a good camp in Barbados and we did some hard work ... it was a lot of hard work but I enjoyed every moment of it. It was good preparation, the ideal kind of preparation, for a tour like this,” he added.

Roach is heading back to Sri Lanka, having played there during the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2006.

“The pitches in Sri Lanka are quite flat but ball tends to swing a bit. If you can get it right as a fast bowler, you can be quite successful," he said.

"I have been working on swinging the with the coach. I still have a little bit of work to do on my lengths, but I’m satisfied with what I got out of the camp,” Roach said. “It will be challenging but I’m willing to take on the challenge and do what the captain wants me to do and what is required to help the team.”

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