Kemar Roach spoke to CWI Media following the first day of the first Test

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach spoke to CWI Media following the first day of the first Test match against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. The series is the MyTeam11 Test Series, co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI.

Scores: INDIA 203-6 (Ajinkya Rahane 81, KL Rahul 44; Kemar Roach 3-34, Shannon Gabriel 2-49)

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach spoke to CWI Media following the first day of the first Test match against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. The series is the MyTeam11 Test Series, co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI.

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The 31-year-old led a solid display by the home team to leave the visitors on 203-6 after a rain-hit opening day. Opting to bowl first, West Indies grabbed early wickets through Roach to reduce India to 25-3 in the first hour.

He got the ball to move both ways and accounted Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara – both caught behind; while at the other end, Shannon Gabriel had Virat Kohli caught in the gully. India’s innings was revived by Ajinkya Rahane who top-scored with 81 and opener KL Rahul who made 44.

Roach was the best bowler with 3-34 off 17 overs on one of his favorite grounds – this is his fifth match at the venue, and he has now taken 28 wickets. Earlier this year he had match figures of 8-82 in the win over England which helped West Indies regain the prestigious Wisden Trophy. Overall, Roach has now captured 187 wickets (average 26.9) which puts him at tenth in the all-time West Indies list of wicket-takers.

Roach’s new-ball partner Gabriel was also excellent and picked up 2-49. Wicket-keeper Shai Hope has four catches so far, as he filled in for Shane Dowrich, who was ruled out of the match with an injured ankle.

“The ball came out pretty good today. It’s a place I love to play, I’ve had some success here before so I’m happy with how things have gone so far. It was a normal Antigua pitch, where you would always get some moisture early on and help for the fast bowlers,” Roach said.

“It (pitch) flattened out a bit quicker today than usual, so we had to be patient and build some pressure and challenge the batsmen. It was a good day for us… we did a very good job with the ball. Having then 200 runs for six wickets down… I would take that.”

The match marks the start of the ICC World Test Championship for both teams, the new two-year Test league to find out the best Test team the world. In this Series, each team can earn 60 points for a win or 20 points for a draw and this is the first of six Test Series which West Indies will play.

Tickets are on sale now for just EC$25 per day in Antigua and JM$1300 per day in Jamaica. Tickets can be purchased online via the “Buy Tickets” button at www.windiescricket.com, or available from local ticket box offices in Antigua and Jamaica.

 MATCH SCHEDULE

Sat, Aug 3: 1st MyTeam11 T20I  India won by 4 wickets  Broward County Stadium, Florida

Sun, Aug 4: 2nd MyTeam11 T20I  India won by 22 runs (DLS Method) – Broward County Stadium

Tue, Aug 6: 3rd MyTeam11 T20I – India won by 7 wickets – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana

Thu, Aug 8: 1st MyTeam11 ODI – No result – Guyana National Stadium

Sun, Aug 11: 2nd MyTeam11 ODI India won by 59 runs (DLS Method) – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Wed, Aug 14: 3rd MyTeam11 ODI – India won by 6 wickets – Queen’s Park Oval

Thu, Aug 22 to Mon, Aug 26: 1st MyTeam11 Test – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Fri, Aug 30 to Tue, Sep 3: 2nd MyTeam11 Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica (9:30 am daily)