Kemar Roach    Getty Images
Kemar Roach Getty Images

Lord s celebrated their veteran James Anderson s 500th Test wicket. However, West Indies stole the limelight in the second half of the day when Kemar Roach also found his name in the Lord s honours board for overseas bowler. Claiming five-wicket haul at The home of cricket Roach did not have an easy road to success. At one point Roach felt, he would never return to international cricket. Roach had undergone shoulder injury breaking a bone during the India tour in 2014. On return, Roach felt he would never recover his consistency that had one rendered him an exciting prospect. Before this series, Roach had not played a Test since January 2016.

Roach, now, has joined the elite list of Caribbean cricketers who have claimed 5-wicket hauls at Lord s such as Sonny Ramadhin, Charlie Griffith, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh and Fidel Edwards. Roach recollected the haunting memories after breaking his bone, I had some doubts [whether I would return]. It was a pretty tough time. Breaking your shoulder is not easy but a lot of hard rehab and hours of training got me back here. I’m proud of myself to be able to come back and perform for the West Indies, told ESPNcricinfo.

However, the youngster was elated to join the prestigious club amongst huge names, It means a lot to earn a place on that honours board. There are a lot of players went before me, the likes of Courtney Walsh and Malcolm Marshall. And a lot of players who have come here and never got it done. So to be part of that board is history. Roach also credited Corey Collymore for helping him reaching this stage. Collymore, a fellow Barbadian, has played county cricket in England for Warwickshire, Sussex and Middlesex.

Roach added, I’ve been talking to past players. The likes of Corey Collymore; guys who have played in England for a couple of years. So coming here I was prepared and knew how to bowl on certain pitches. Kudos to those guys for helping me out. I’ve learnt my art a little bit more. I’m more experienced.

Roach feels this young West Indies has the capability to clinch the series and would not want to repeat the mistakes made at Edgbaston Test.