BRISBANE – West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach says he wants to use his Big Bash League stint with the Brisbane Heat to get him back into international Twenty20 cricket.
Roach, who missed out on the Windies’ T20 World Cup win in Sri Lanka earlier this year, will make his debut for the Heat tonight at the Gabba against the Perth Scorchers.
The 24-year-old sat out on the Heat’s dramatic last-start win over Adelaide after a longer-than-expected trip to Australia which included an unexpected overnight stop in China.
Roach was travelling from Bangladesh where he did play in the West Indies’ sole T20 fixture of that tour, his first 20-over international since May 2010. And after shaking off the jetlag, Roach is hoping to make a bright start for the Heat.
“I haven’t been picked for the West Indies in Twenty20 for a little while,” Roach said today.
“I’m raring to get back into the West Indies Twenty20 side and hopefully it starts here with a good performance in this tournament.”
Roach was eager to rip in on a pace-friendly Gabba wicket, which he has been told is even more helpful to the quicks than during his only previous appearance at the venue in a 2009 Test match.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there,” he said. “I’ve heard about the Gabba, it’s good for fast bowling so I’ll go out there and give it the best I’ve got.”††