Roach aiming for 300 club

NORTH SOUND – Kemar Roach has taken aim at 300 Test wickets after crediting “blood, sweat, and tears” for the achievement of equalling the legendary Michael Holding on 249 wickets during the first Test against Bangladesh that ended on Sunday in Antigua.

The 33-year-old Barbadian pacer, who was adjudged Player-of-the-Match for his seven-wicket haul in the Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, said he anticipated continuing at international level for a few years yet, giving him enough time to reach the cherished landmark.

Fellow pacer Courtney Walsh (519), Sir Curtly Ambrose (405), and the late Malcolm Marshall (376), as well as off-spinner Lance Gibbs (309) are the only Windies bowlers to have passed 300 wickets.

“[I want to reach] 300 Test wickets… I have 249 now, but I still have two to three more years in me,” Roach said.

“I am proud because of how I started. Obviously, I came into the team under very difficult conditions and then obviously to build a career and get among the greats is always a good feeling. . .”  (CMC)

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