England vs West Indies: England Tour is like Ashes, says West Indies pacer Kemar Roach

The England tour of West Indies is set to be an acid test, with the age-old rivalry between the nations put to contest once again. Speaking on the same lines, Windies quick Kemar Roach said the team’s ultimate goal will be to return home with the coveted Wisden Trophy. The visitors recently finished off with their final warm-up fixture as they gear up for the much-anticipated three-Test series starting July 8.

Roach also spoke about the saliva ban on match balls put in place by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the wake of COVID-19 crisis. With traditional methods like using saliva to shine the ball been prohibited, the speedster is optimistic that they will ‘find a way’.

“That’s the tough part but hopefully we can get some hot days and the guys can work up some sweat. Although it has to be a pretty warm day for us to sweat. But whatever the weather, we’ll find a way,” Roach said.

West Indies had famously defeated England during the previous series between the two sides that was played at home. A draw in the series would be enough for them to retain the Wisden trophy.

“Taking the trophy back home to the Caribbean is the number one goal. Winning in England would be perfect but it’s about defending the trophy,” Roach was quoted as saying.

He added, ”This is our biggest series, like the Ashes for us, so it’s about getting into that zone.”

The first Test at the Ageas Bowl will mark the resumption of cricket after the match was suspended in March due to coronavirus pandemic. The final two Tests of the series will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester.