The West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has returned to Surrey for the first five games of the LV= Insurance County Championship season, where he will partner up with Hashim Amla of South Africa. Roach, who will lead the West Indies attack against England in the next Test series, made an impression for Surrey during his initial stint with the club in April and May 2021, capturing 22 wickets in five matches before returning to international duty.

He had a career-best innings haul of 8 for 40 against Hampshire, as well as a nine-wicket performance against Middlesex at the Kia Oval in the London Derby. Roach, 33, will be available from the start of the Championship season, when the club hosts Warwickshire at Edgbaston in April and will stay with the club until their home match against Northamptonshire on May 5. He’ll also be available for the home games against Hampshire and Somerset, as well as a trip to Gloucestershire.

“I’m happy to be returning back for another stint with Surrey CCC after my really delightful experience at the Kia Oval last season,” Roach stated. “I had a good season last year with the ball in my hands, and I’m hoping to continue where I left off this year. I’d want to express my gratitude to Surrey and CWI for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to returning to the UK.” In 68 Test matches for the West Indies, Roach has 231 wickets. Since his debut in the format in 2008, he has 432 first-class wickets to his credit.