West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is excited to see a green pitch at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, the venue for the first of three Test matches against Australia.
Four days prior to the start the first Test, the pitch in Hobart has a distinct green tinge to it and Roach is hoping that it will stay that way come the first day.
Admitting that bowling on a green pitch will be a welcome change, Roach is confident that Australia will prepare a competitive track for the first Test.
“Of course, there aren’t many wickets in the world like that, so it’s good to see that for a change,” Roach said.
“I’m pretty excited to get a go on Thursday. I know Australians play very hard cricket and they believe in what they do, so that’s what they give us, and that’s what we’re going to take.”
Despite being a young team with minimal experience of playing in Australia, Roach is confident that they have a bowling attack which can trouble the opposition batsmen.
“There’s some very good fast bowlers in our group, our job is to go out there and give it our best shot.
“Jerome Taylor has been leading the attack very well, he’s in good form, one of the fastest bowlers in the world Shannon Gabriel, and then myself.
“And Jason Holder the captain has been good as well. I think we can give the Australians some trouble,” he said.
In 2009 Roach rose to prominence in the Perth Test against Australia after troubling Ricky Ponting with a barrage of short deliveries.
In what was an engaging duel between the two players Ponting was struck on the elbow with a short ball and had to retire hurt.
Over the years injuries have slowed down Roach’s pace, but the 27-year-old is backing himself to put up a good performance against Australia in the upcoming series.
“It was good memories, Ricky Ponting was a great batsman for Australia, and to go out there and give him a hard time at the crease was a good thing for me at a young age.
“My role has changed since 2009, I’ve had a lot of injuries the last couple of years and that’s set me back a bit, but I’m here and there’s a reason I’m here, the selectors have put their faith in me to come down here and do the job,” Roach noted.
“I believe in myself as well, so given a go on Thursday I’ll go out there and give it my best shot. I watched Australia and New Zealand and it’s simple, just keep the ball in good areas and just do something with the ball as well, then you should be on top.”
Since 2014, West Indies have played six Test series and have lost four of them, their only win coming against Bangladesh at home.
In the recently concluded tour match against Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane West Indies were handed a 10-wicket defeat by a team that fielded six first-class debutants.
Roach knows that West Indies are labelled as the underdogs in their contest against Australia but is looking forward to turn it around in the Test series.
“I love being the underdogs,” he revealed.
“If we can come out on top then it’s going to be a whole different story, they will change their mouths, I think we’ve got to go out there, do the best that we can and give Australia a good run.”
After enjoying an undefeated series record in Test matches against Australia between 1977 and 1993, West Indies lost the Frank-Worrell Trophy in 1994-95 and are yet to reclaim it.