Roach becomes 9th Windies bowler to take 200 Test wickets

Manchester, Jul 25 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/25/2020 12:05:11 PM IST

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach on Saturday joined an elite list of cricketers when he picked up his 200th Test wicket in the ongoing match against England in Manchester.

All-rounder Chris Woakes became Roach’s 200th victim in the format as he became the 9th bowler from West Indies to achieve the feat. Roach is also the first bowler after Curtly Ambrose to grab 200 Test wickets in 26 years.

Ambrose, who had got to the landmark in 1994, had a special message for Roach after he joined the 200 club, urging him to aim for 250 and then 300 wickets from here on.

“Want to say congratulations to him for joining the 200 club. From Curtly Ambrose to you Kemar, ‘the next step is 250 and then 300. Remember I tell you that’,” Ambrose said in a video message posted by the International Cricket Council on social media.

Roach got to the landmark in his 59th Test at an average just above 27, which includes 9 five-wicket hauls.

Courtney Walsh leads the pack for the Windies with 519 wickets from 132 Tests followed by Ambrose (405), Malcom Marshall (376), Lance Gibbs (309), Joel Garner (259), Michael Holding (249), Garry Sobers (235) and Andy Roberts (202), with Roach being the latest to enter the 200 club.


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