West Indies fast bowler Roach joins 200-club

West Indies' Kemar Roach bowls, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the first Test against England at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton, Britain on July 10, 2020.
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Fast bowler Kemar Roach became only the ninth West Indies bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests.

The 32-year-old Roach reached his landmark in the morning’s fifth over on the second day of the final third and final Test against England on Saturday when he forced Chris Woakes to play a delivery onto his stumps.

Roach celebrated the wicket by raising the ball in his right hand then raising his left hand in a clenched fist.

His career got sidelined in 2014 when he was involved in a car crash in Barbados, suffering shoulder and ankle injuries that saw his performances take a dive to the extent that he was dropped. He made his return to the fold on a tour of England in 2017.

With his performance on Saturday, Roach became the first West Indian in 26 years to attain the 200-wicket mark in Test cricket after starting the day on 199 in this deciding Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The last West Indies to get 200-plus Test wickets was Curtly Ambrose in 1994 and Roach now stands ninth in the list of top Test wicket-taking West Indian bowlers.

Legendary West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh tops the standings with 519 wickets at an average of 24.44 from 132 Tests.

Roach made his Test debut back in 2009 against Bangladesh at Arnos Vale in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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