Roach hoping BBL performance will pique selectors interest

Kemar Roach of the West Indies bowls during day two of the second Test match between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 26, 2012 in Nottingham, England.
Kemar Roach of the West Indies bowls during day two of the second Test match between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 26, 2012 in Nottingham, England. Gareth Copley / Getty Images

KEMAR Roach hopes a bag of wickets in the Big Bash League will put him back in favour with West Indian selectors in the shortest format of the game.

Roach was left out of the team that beat Sri Lanka to win the Twenty20 World Cup final in September, but Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann hopes the 24-year-old will provide the x-factor in the same way that Lasith Malinga has cut swathes through the opposition for the Melbourne Stars.

The West Indian had been scheduled to play against the Strikers in Adelaide on Thursday, but his flight to Australia from Bangladesh was delayed and he didn't arrive until the day of the game.

Still suffering from jet lag, Lehmann opted to let Roach watch from the sidelines as the Brisbane side ran down Adelaide's target of 185, Heat skipper Chris Hartley smashing a four off the last ball to score an extraordinary one-run victory.

Speaking at training in Brisbane yesterday ahead of tonight's clash against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba, Roach said he had been disappointed to miss the Adelaide thriller, but was now raring to go.

"It was very frustrating to miss that game, but I've had some rest and I'm ready to go," he said.

The fast bowler last played at the Gabba in a test match against Australia in 2009, taking two wickets for plenty.

"Australian batted very well that time. I'm bowling better now so I'm really looking forward to playing at the ground again," he said.

The Heat has named the same XIII that took on the Strikers for the match against the Scorchers who bounced back from two losses to open their account against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Sunday night.

Perth's bowlers did the damage with Alfonso Thomas, Michael Beer and Hilton Cartwright picking up two wickets apiece as the Sixers crashed to 6/28 before recovering to make 9/113.

The Scorchers reached the target with four balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.

Topics:  bbl, big bash league, brisbane heat, cricket, kemar roach, west indies



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