Roach pleased with post-surgery form

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West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is pleased with the way his body has adapted to the demands of the game following his shoulder surgery, and is delighted to be taking wickets on his home grounds.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach is pleased with the way his body has adapted to the demands of the game following his shoulder surgery, and is delighted to be taking wickets on his home grounds.

Roach took four of the seven wickets to fall in the Black Caps' second innings in Barbados, adding to the 11 other wickets he took earlier in the series, making him the leading wicket-taker. He had been out for nearly a year after shoulder surgery.

He said: "I am proud of the way I came back after my surgery. I put some hard work in and it is showing. Fifteen wickets in the series so far is pretty good for me.

"It has been tough. The wicket is too flat. Pretty hard to bowl on. But once you hit your areas, hopefully the batsman makes a mistake so you get some wickets.

"(Reaching 100 wickets is) definitely a big thing for me. That was my goal, to get there in 20 (Tests), but 26 is as good, so I am glad to achieve that.

"Obviously you want to perform at home for sure. To be able to do that in front of fans at home is great and I am grateful for that."

The paceman went on to discuss New Zealand centurion Kane Williamson, who had frustrated the Windies bowlers to reach 161 not out at the close on day four, and could have been further along if not for the rain's arrival.

Roach said after day four: "He obviously is their best batsman in the team. He has been in good form and he is definitely hard to bowl at.

"Getting his wicket is always going to be a an even better feeling, so hopefully tomorrow we come out there fresh and try to knock them over."

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