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Roach aiming for top spot

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kemar Roach. WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): WEST INDIES pacer Kemar Roach has set his sights on becoming the leading bowler in the world after breaking into the top 10 on the Reliance ICC player rankings released last week.

Roach moved one place to 10th in the rankings, the highest place among West Indies bowlers, after earning 17 rating points for his match figures of five for 95 in the first Test against Bangladesh.

"I want to get to No. 1 in the world," Roach declared.

"So I am trying to take steps towards that and obviously keep taking wickets, keep moving up the rankings, and keep helping West Indies win games."

Roach ripped through the Bangladesh batting line-up on the second day of the second Test in St Lucia to put his side on course to a 2-0 sweep of the series.

His five for 33 was his sixth five-wicket haul, making him West Indies' highest wicket-taker this year.

"It feels good on a bowler-friendly wicket to hit the straps early," said the Barbadian cricketer.

a good feeling

"Getting some wickets against the Bangladeshis is a good feeling for me and for the West Indies as well. We have seven wickets so far and, hopefully, we can come on tomorrow and finish the game."

Roach has also paid tribute to West Indies' bowling consultant, Curtly Ambrose, for inspiring the bowlers.

Ambrose is often seen during matches ambling across to fine leg and speaking to the likes of Roach, Jerome Taylor and Shannon Gabriel.

"As a legend of the game, it's great to have him around. He's very skilful and knowledgeable about the bowling," Roach said.

"He helps us a lot when it comes to line and length in our bowling, so I must give credit to him as well. He tells us stories from back in the day, and it is good for us youngsters to have someone like him around."