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Roach Aims to Join the 300-Club After Tying Holding

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He Currently Has 249, However He Still Has Two to Three Years left in His Career

After equalling the famous Michael Holding with 249 wickets during the first Test against Bangladesh, which ended Sunday, fast bowler Kemar Roach has set his sights on 300 wickets.

The 33-year-old said he expected to continue playing at the international level for a few years still, giving him enough time to accomplish the coveted milestone. He was named Man-of-the-Match for his seven-wicket haul in the match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

The only West Indies bowlers to surpass 300 wickets are Courtney Walsh (519), Lance Gibbs (309), Malcolm Marshall (376) and Sir Curtly Ambrose (405).

Roach went on to say that his goal is to take 300 Test wickets. He currently has 249, however he still has two to three years left in his career. 

He was extremely pleased with how he began as he obviously joined the squad in really difficult circumstances, and it’s always rewarding to establish a career and rank among the greats.

Stats have always interested him and he adores his stats. Every night, he checks his statistics and it feels nice to be among the greats because even when he is not playing, he still checks his numbers. It feels amazing to be with all the great West Indies cricket players.

Roach, who joined Holding in the sixth spot on the all-time West Indies list, passed the legendary Sir Gary Sobers (235) during the England series last March. Joel Garner, who is seventh all-time in wickets with 259, will be his next goal before reaching the 300 club.

Roach is the only West Indian player still playing today with more than 200 Test wickets; Shannon Gabriel comes in second with 161. Roach pulled up his tenth five-wicket haul in a Test on the third day of the first Test last Saturday. Over the course of his 72-match career, he has averaged 26.