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Roach calls for smart cricket to beat Bangladesh

West Indies fast bowling spearhead Kemar Roach expects Test series will bring better fortune in the ongoing Bangladesh tour.

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An inexperienced West Indies side lost 0-3 to the star-studded Bangladesh in the ODIs. However, the Test cricket is a different ball game.

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Roach hopes his colleagues will give best shot to salvage the tour.

“I hope so. The one-day series didn’t go as well as we’d have liked. We have to understand it was a very young and inexperienced team. It was just a learning curve for those guys to take back home and learn from it, and improve their games to come back stronger,” Roach said.

“Couple of the Test guys have been here before. We know what to expect. I expect the guys to give a better showing. Put up a better fight and win some games for the West Indies.

“We have to be positive and execute our plans the best as we can. Bangladesh is always a tough tour. The guys are working hard for three weeks. We know what we have to do to put on a good score on the board, and take 20 wickets in the match. It is about going out there and giving it our best shot, and put in a good show.”

The first Test kicks off on February 3. Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will host the game. It was a host for one of the two Bangladesh-West Indies Tests in 2018 when the home side sealed 2-0 victory.

Roach believes West Indies have enough to find their feet but that will take bulk of work, planning and smart cricket.

“I have played at this ground before. I know a bit of it. It is just about doing a job that’s required. I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a good series. I think we can pull one out of the hat here in Bangladesh, but it is going to take a lot of work, planning and smart cricket. I think we have enough to get it done,” he added.

Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the Test team that includes likes of Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel as well.

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