Roach hopes for another summer in the Heat
Kemar Roach... relieved to perform on the big stage after snaring just two wickets at an average of 88 in the seven games leading up to the decider. Photo: Brendan Esposito
AFTER helping the Brisbane Heat claim the Twenty20 crown, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach is keen to return to the franchise next summer.
Roach claimed 3-18 to help power the Heat to a 34-run victory over the Scorchers in Saturday night's Big Bash League final at the WACA Ground. The 24-year-old paceman was relieved to perform on the big stage after snaring just two wickets at an average of 88 in the seven games leading up to the decider.
Now he wants to do it all again next summer. ''I'd love to be back here playing again,'' he said.
''I've had a good camaraderie with the guys. They're a very young group and we've had some fun times in the last couple of weeks and I really enjoyed it. I'd love to come back to Brisbane.
''It's probably the best-organised Twenty20 competition in the world and I'm really glad to be a part of it.''
Roach will be back in action next month in the West Indies' five-match one-day series in Australia.
Australia's players and coaches felt the heat on Friday when the side was dismissed for 74 in an embarrassing loss to Sri Lanka. But Roach was not reading too much into the result and said the West Indies would need to be on their game to win the series.
Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich said his team was devastated to lose the Twenty20 final for a second straight year.
It has been nine years since Western Australia has snared a trophy in any format but Katich said the appointment of Justin Langer as coach had set the wheels in motion for future success. ''I think they're on the right track, there's no doubt about that,'' he said.