This is our biggest series, like the Ashes for us: Roach
Just 48 hours to wait. International cricket is returning to the field for the first time since March 12. In the first Test of the three-match series, the hosts England and West Indies will play at Southampton’s Rose Bowl.
Caribbean fast bowler Kemar Roach thinks the series is similar to cricket’s famous ‘Ashes’ series. West Indies beat England 2-1 at home in January last year. The goal of the Caribbean is to retain the title on the tour.
“Taking the trophy back home to the Caribbean is the number-one goal. Winning in England would be perfect but it’s about defending the trophy,” Roach was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“This is our biggest series, like the Ashes for us, so it’s about getting into that zone.”
West Indies are going to get some advantage in the first Test to meet their target. Joe Root, the regular captain of England, will not play the first match due to family reasons. Roach considers it an additional benefit. However, the Caribbean fast bowler said that he is always careful about the new faces in the English team.
“A Test match without Root, the fantastic stats he has, is going to be a bit of an advantage for us,” Roach said via Zoom press conference on Sunday. “He’s one that keeps the England batting together, he’s done fantastically for them for the last couple of years.
“Without him it is a bit of an advantage for us, but also a little bit of a disadvantage because there’s some new guys coming in that we obviously have to work out and see what their weaknesses are and try to exploit them. So it goes 50-50, but once we get stuck in and hit our straps and put the balls in the right area I think we stand a very good chance of going out there and performing well.”