Roach looking forward to Trinidad conditions

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Fast bowler Kemar Roach is eager to put in a decidedly stronger performance, come the West Indies' second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad next week.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach is eager to put in a decidedly stronger performance, come the West Indies' second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad next week.

Roach had been sidelined by a shoulder injury prior to the series opener, which the tourists won by 186 runs inside four days in Kingston.

He didn't take a wicket in the first innings, but cherished the key dismissals of opener Tom Latham and the in-form Kane Williamson in the second.

"Jamaica was a tough Test match," Roach told <i>WICB Media</i>. "It was my first Test back after injury. The wicket wasn't really good for fast bowling so you had to work really hard on it.

"It was best to keep line and length on it and pitch up to the batsman as much as possible. I think the bowlers did pretty well. We didn't get the wickets we wanted but we created chances."

While conditions at Sabina Park were very conducive to spin, Queen's Park Oval is expected to provide plenty of assistance for the fast bowlers, with right-armer Roach determined to capitalise.

"Coming to Trinidad now, I'm just going to go out there put in my best and give it a good shot," he added. "In Trinidad, the wicket has got better over the years, so it's better for fast bowling.

"So you've just got to go out there and put the work in, bowl some strong balls in good areas, the batsmen will make mistakes and you will get the wickets."

The West Indians, meanwhile, have dropped all-rounder Marlon Samuels and opener Kieran Powell for the second Test. The uncapped Jermaine Blackwood and Leon Johnson have, instead, been called up.

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