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first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – Courtney Walsh, the former West Indies captain, thinks Kemar Roach is a “genuine great” as the Barbados quick eyes his 200th Test wicket going into the Test series in England. According to Walsh, Roach could leap to 300 wickets “quickly” if he manages his workload well in sync with Cricket West Indies.Roach is seven short of becoming the ninth West Indies fast bowler to reach 200 Test wickets. No bowler has achieved this since Walsh’s new-ball partner Curtly Ambrose got to the mark in 1994 when he castled Michael Atherton in Guyana. Walsh, who served as the interim coach with West Indies women’s team recently, hopes Roach can get to the landmark in the first Test that starts on July 8 in Southampton.“Tremendous milestone, to have another West Indian up in that bracket (200 Test wickets) is awesome,” Walsh told ESPNcricinfo. “Kemar has been a friend of mine forever and I’m just happy for him. I can’t wait for this to happen. I hope that he doesn’t take long to get there. Hopefully, if he can get it [the milestone] out of the way in the first Test match, it’ll be perfect as he could then relax and enjoy the rest of the series.”Roach has been a thorn for England since 2017, where he picked up a five-for at Lord’s. He was instrumental in West Indies winning the Wisden Trophy 2-1 at home last year. Walsh said as much Roach needed to focus on the job and not the record, it was also the responsibility of the other West Indies fast bowler to take that pressure off him.“He has to have someone like I had Curtly [Ambrose],” Walsh said. “He needs to have someone in this team who can probably give him a smile or something different to take your mind away from it. And that in itself will help him to relax. It’s an achievement that not many West Indians have got there and he will be in an elite group of people who’ve done it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”Walsh also felt Roach is more focused now than when he arrived as raw, young Barbadian who wanted to bowl with extreme pace. This Walsh put down to Roach’s improved understanding of his own body, his game, his art, his skills, the conditions and how to adapt.“He’s got to a stage where he knows his game, knows what he wants to do, and how to go about doing it,” Walsh said. “On days that it works for him, that’s beneficial. He has got a stage where he knew his own personal game, knew what he wanted, knew how to go about it setting batsmen up and trying to get wickets and his patience level is very, very good.“Sometimes as a fast bowler you’re not patient and trying to get a wicket every delivery and it just doesn’t work at all like that. Those days do come, but his patience shows he will stick around, and he knows what to do and how to go about achieving that. To me that is what has got him to be as consistent as he is now. His work ethic has gone up as well and he’s doing all he can do to be one of the greats. He’ s a genuine great. His achievement shows that. What I like about him is his mannerism: he’s always cool and collected and he’s prepared to work.”Walsh said for Roach to become even better and reach the next milestone of 300 Test wickets “workload management” would be the key factor. “Workload management is something that they can look at it,” he said. “I don’t think he has played a lot of shorter versions of the game. He has played a couple of ODIs and he’s still good enough to do that. But it’s up to him as an individual as well to set the standards, set the goals he wants to achieve. He will get 300 quite easily once the workload management is good and he is playing consistent cricket What you don’t want to happen to him is that every time he comes back he starts all over again.“So he has got to find a way and the groove of keeping that momentum going. Maintaining his body fitness and his skill-set. He’ll get better with age and then just knowing his body and be consistent with that. Because one of the things, I remember saying to Glenn McGrath, when you get to a certain age, if you start to feel the muscles don’t want to move the next morning and stuff like that, that’s [a] problem. Once he knows how to manage his body and maintain that level of fitness and performance level match-wise and get match fitness going, then he’s in a good place.”last_img read more

first_imgAccording to claims of Turkish media, Josip Kvesic should sign a contract with the Turkish first division team Antalyaspor.Kvesic should to Antalya yesterday, where he should meet with the president of the club, Gultekin Gencer, in order to finalize the transfer.If everything goes well, Kvesic should officially become a footballer of Antalyaspor today, Zeljeznicar set a condition to the club from Antalya to pay a compensation, that amounts to 115 000 EUR, to account of the club on Monday as well, in order to avoid the potential problem of payment as happened during the transfer of Ibrahim Sehic to Mersin.In his career, Josip Kvesic played for Siroki Brijeg, Zilina and Varazdin. He was invited to the A National football team, while he left a deep imprint in a young team.(Source: klix.ba/ Photo: bh-index.com)last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dines Dumaan and Jefferson Rhey Loon assured themselves of at least a bronze medal finish after whipping their foes Friday in the pencak silat competition in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Both Southeast Asian Games gold medalists, Dumaan and Loon continued their hot streak to the continent meet, setting up a semifinals meeting against Malaysia’s Muhammad Fayzul Nazir and Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Dumaan outclassed India’s Naorem Boynao Singh, 5-0, in the men’s 50-55 KGs Class B quarterfinals while Loon dominated Kyrgyzstan’s Almazbek Zamirov, 4-0, in the men’s Class D 60-65 KGs of tanding (sparring).Meanwhile, Princesslyn Enopia was eliminated from medal contention in the women’s 50-55 KGs Class D after absorbing a 0-5 loss to Laos’ Sounthavong Olathai in the round-of-eight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Bolick explodes for career-best 50 in San Beda win over Arellano Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! `IF we had a flag and spoke our own language – and some people say that we do – we’d have the seventh-largest economy in the world,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thundered in a Washington, D.C., news conference Tuesday. “We want our fair share,” he added. “California, and particularly Southern California, has been an ATM for far too long. It’s time to recognize that we have been an engine not just for the state, but for the nation.” Amen, Brother Antonio! We haven’t heard that kind of righteous, rabble-rousing rhetoric since the days of the San Fernando Valley secession movement, when local leaders – and a certain newspaper known as the Voice of the Valley – called for a “fair share” for the overtaxed, underfunded engine of Los Angeles. Of course, the mayor was less than enthusiastic about the Valley’s attempt to get its fair share back then. But now that he’s on the short end of the fair-share stick, he’s become a true believer in political fairness. Good for him. Maybe if things don’t break Antonio’s way in Washington, he can lead a Southland secession campaign. We might even put his picture on the flag.last_img