Heatwave … Dan Christian and Chris Lynn celebrate. Photo: Getty Images
After helping Brisbane Heat claim this summer's Twenty20 crown, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach is keen to return to the franchise again next season.
Roach claimed 3-18 to help power the Heat to a 34-run victory over Perth Scorchers in Saturday night's Big Bash League final at the WACA Ground. The 24-year-old was relieved to perform on the big stage after snaring just two wickets at an average of 88 in the seven games before the decider.
And after tasting the ultimate success, Roach wants to do it all again. ''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 T20 competition in the world and I'm really glad to be a part of it.''
Roach will be in action next month for the West Indies' five-match one-day series in Australia.
Australia's players and coaches were feeling the heat earlier this week when the side were dismissed for a paltry 74 in an embarrassing loss to Sri Lanka. But Roach wasn't reading too much into the result and said the West Indies would need to be on their game to come away with a series win. ''One bad game doesn't make them a bad team,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich said his team were devastated to lose the T20 final for a second straight year.
It's been nine years since Western Australia's men's cricket side have snared a trophy in any format, but Katich said the recent appointment of Justin Langer as coach had already set them up for success.
''I think they're on the right track, there's no doubt about that,'' Katich said. ''Justin's been fantastic in setting the standard of training and the intensity. There's no doubt things are on the up.''