Courtney Walsh Surprised After The Exclusion Of Kemar Roach
By CricShots - Oct 12, 2018 2:28 pm
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Exclusion of the veteran pacer Kemar Roach he Windies playing XI for the second Test against India in Hyderabad has left former Windies pacer Courtney Walsh surprised. The Windies made a couple of changes to their XI for the second and final Test, with skipper Jason Holder coming back into the team, and spinner Jomel Warrican finding a spot as well. However, the fact that a veteran like Kemar Roach was left out of the second Test has raised eyebrows, and Walsh reckons the Windies might have missed a trick by benching the paceman.

Kemar Roach

Last week, Roach had to fly back to home urgently because of an unfortunate demise of his grandmother. He, therefore, missed the first Test in Rajkot, which the Windies lost by a huge margin. The visitors were looking forward to the experienced speedster returning to the side for the second Test. Roach was indeed available for selection, but the Windies management has decided against playing him in Hyderabad.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Courtney Walsh said, “I was a bit surprised Kemar Roach wasn’t featured, but maybe they’ve looked at the wicket and decided that two seamers it will be. I would have probably played the extra seamer depending on the wicket – Roach with his experience and trying to go for the win. But they have opted to play two-seamers, so let’s see how that works.”

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Currently, the Windies have their skipper Jason Holder as well as Shannon Gabriel as fast bowling options. Holder had to miss out the first Test as he wasn’t completely fit, with Kraigg Brathwaite taking up captaincy duties in his absence. On the other hand, Gabriel is one of the Windies’ most exciting fast bowlers in recent times. Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis were dropped from the side making way for Holder and Warrican.

Courtney Walsh

However, Roach was seen practicing in the nets, which means his fitness was not an issue. Therefore, leaving him out has surprised many, including Ajit Agarkar who said, “A little bit surprised because you want to win the Test match to equal the series, so you want your bowling to be strong as well. But I think they’ve gone with a bit more insurance with their batting. Hopefully, this works for them with the extra spinner, because they will be bowling last on this pitch.”

The Windies won the toss and elected to bat first. At Tea on Day 1, they were 197 for 6. Shane Dowrich was dismissed a few overs before the Tea as he was dismissed by Umesh Yadav in the first over of his third spell of the day.