West Indies pacer Kemar Roach praises persevering Tino Best

Kemar Roach said Tino Best’s (above) pace was ‘up’ and he troubled the batsmen and he was the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sabina Park: Aug 3, 2012

West Indies pacer Kemar Roach, who ripped the heart out of the New Zealand s batting with figures of four for 70 on the first day of the second Test, praised the persevering Tino Best and said his effort was exactly what the West Indies needed on the opening day.

“His pace was ‘up’ and he troubled the batsmen. I would say he was the pick of the bowlers for us. The role he played was fantastic out there today. It was pretty hot as well and he maintained his energy levels. That’s how Tino plays … wholehearted every day.

“I would rate today’s effort as a good performance. It was not an easy pitch to bowl on – it offered some moisture in the early stages, but then it flattened out and made batting quite easy,” Roach said. “I put in the work, reaped some reward and I’m pleased with four wickets. We bowled them out for 260 and that is good for us. They batted pretty well early on and we had to change our plans and come back at them in the final session.

“I was happy to get the new ball and run in and look for wickets. I told myself to stay focussed and try to get the ball in the right areas. I was happy when I got Brendon McCullum early as that gave us a good start after we won the toss and put them it.

“After that it got harder, but I still kept my pace up and kept running in. In the end I was pleased with my effort. Kemar was excellent and just keeps getting better as a bowler for us. I’m pleased for him. In our team we enjoy each other’s success and I was happy to support him today.

“We’re 1-0 up in the series and we have put ourselves in a good position in this match. To get 10 wickets on the first day is good, anyone would take that. We will look to build on the second day and push forward,” Roach was quoted saying by ICC official website.