Kemar Roach and West Indies’ destructive four-pronged pace attack evoked spirit of old

Kemar Roach and West Indies' destructive four-pronged pace attack evoked spirit of old

Roach has lost pace since his early days when he put Ricky Ponting in hospital with a broken arm and regularly bowled over 90mph. He had to remodel his action because of a string of injuries that were compounded by a serious car crash five years ago when his BMW sedan skidded off a wet road just north of the Kensington Oval, lost two of its wheels and ended upside down in the 3Ws Park.

He was shaken up and became so ineffective he was dropped for two years, written off as finished. But he went back to club cricket in Barbado, worked with former England bowling coach Ottis Gibson, and West Indies bowler Corey Collymore, stripped back his action and started again by accepting he had to swap speed for skill.

Since returning against England in August 2017 he has been resurgent, averaging 22, putting him alongside the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Abbas and James Anderson at the top of the game.

His gold chain glinted in the sunshine as he bowled from the Joel Garner End after lunch, rousing his team in a session that brought nine England wickets for 47 and left a stunned Joe Root asking whether his team had to follow-on. 

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