Kemar Roach Rules Out On-Field Friendship with Jofra Archer During England Tour

Roach rules out on-field friendship with Jofra Archer
Roach rules out on-field friendship with Jofra Archer

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has pointed out how sweat is a rare phenomenon in England’s “chilly weather”. Having said that, the 31-year old right-arm bowler remained confident of finding ways to shine the ball amidst ban on saliva.

“The atmosphere out here is pretty chilly so there’s not much sweat that you can produce. There’s plenty of other ways to shine the ball. No saliva’s allowed so it’s pretty tough but we’re coming up with some ways that we can probably get a good gloss onto the ball.

“It takes a lot more practice but we’re going to keep working at it and then we’ll see what’s the best way going forward,” Roach was quoted as during a video conference.

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Kemar Roach rules out on-field friendship with Jofra Archer

Roach, who is on his third tour of England, has previously picked 19 wickets in five Tests at an average of 31.68, an economy rate of 3.65 and a strike rate of 52.

With this being the first time when West Indies will face England pacer Jofra Archer in Test matches, fans are looking forward to see him playing against his native country.

Roach, who spoke highly of Archer’s skills and his decision of representing England, ruled out any scope of on-field “friendships and stuff”. Laying emphasis on winning, Roach admitted to be looking forward to the intriguing battle with Archer.

“Jofra [Archer] has made his decision and I think he’s done a fantastic job so far in his career but obviously there’s no friendships and stuff in this series. It’s all about winning and playing hard cricket so when we come up against Jofra I think we’ll devise a fantastic plan to counter him. I’m looking forward to that battle and we as a team are doing the same.

“I saw him as a youngster in domestic cricket back home in Barbados. I always thought he was talented and he has shown that over the years. He came over here and he has done a fantastic job and I want to wish him all the best for his career,” Roach said.

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