Kemar Roach ruled out of Test series against England

West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the Men in Maroon’s upcoming tour to E ngland. Roach picked up a knee injury while playing for Surrey in the County Championship. The 36-year-old has been an integral part of the West Indian Test set-up and has taken 270 wickets in 81 Tests.

In the 2024 season, Roach claimed 18 wickets at 25.77 in six appearances this season for Surrey. The Barbadian speedster will be replaced by  Jeremiah Louis, an uncapped fast bowler from St Kitts and Nevis. Alongside  Louis, Cricket West Indies confirmed that 19-year-old fast bowler, Isaih Thorne from Guyana, would join the squad as a development player. 

Kemar Roach ruled out of Test series against England

Through a media release, the lead selector, Desmon Haynes, confirmed Roach’s absence and stated, “Kemar’s skill and experience in English conditions will be missed however this opportunity has been long in the making for Jeremiah Louis, he certainly has the skill and experience to make an impact in England,” 

The Windies will play a warm-up match against a County Select XI in Beckenham from July 3-6. Then on July 10, the three-game Test series kicks off at Lord’s before moving to Trent Bridge and  Edgbaston.

West Indies Test squad

Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Kavem Hodge, Tevin Imlach, Alzarri Joseph (vc), Shamar Joseph, Mikyle Louis, Zachary McCaskie, Kirk McKenzie, Gudakesh Motie, Jeremiah Louis, Jayden Seales, Kevin Sinclair

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