West Indies fans have been cheered up by the emergence of Kemar Roach, Brendan Nash and Narsingh Deonarine
tormented at the WACA by a 19-year-old Ishant Sharma. In last week’s Perth Test, Ponting suffered at the hands of a new pest – 21 year-old Kemar Roach. The Barbadian is genuinely quick, regularly clocking 150kph, and is clearly an exciting prospect. It remains to be seen whether he will fulfil his potential or fade away, as several recent Caribbean pacemen have done. West Indies fans will be praying that Roach proves hard to get rid of.
Speaking of stickability, it appears that the West Indies have also managed to find potential replacements (or reinforcements) for their middle-order linchpin Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Diminutive left-handers Brendan Nash and Narsingh Deonarine are both stubborn accumulators rather than strokeplayers, and their limpet-like adhesiveness is just what the West Indies’ batting needs right now.