Roston Chase was one of the most looked forward towards batsman in the West Indies’ middle-order in the Test series against England. Roston Chase was not the most experienced batsman, but also his off-spin was going to be crucial. In the 2-1 series defeat against England, Roston Chase’s contributions were overwhelming, to say the least with the bat but England coach Chris Silverwood picked him as the man of the series for the visitors.
The Barbados-born all-rounder began the series with 47 and 37 Southampton, two defiant knocks that shaped the tourists’ win in Southampton. He picked up five wickets in the second Test in Manchester while also scoring a fifty in the first innings of the second match.
However, it could not prevent a West Indian loss as England squared the series with Chase scoring only six in the fourth innings. In the subsequent two innings of the third Test, the 28-year old ended up with single-figure scores as England thrashed the tourists by 269 runs to reclaim the Wisden Trophy. Roston Chase could not to anything monumental with the ball either. He finished the series with 150 runs and ten wickets.
“The batting hasn’t come up to par for the last couple of years” : Roston Chase
Like the West Indian captain Jason Holder, Chase also lamented their batsmen unable to make those big hundreds despite showing improvement. The visitors’ batsmen scored eight fifties without converting any of those into three figures. The Barbadian added that he felt comfortable at the batting crease in Ageas Bowl; however, he was not able to cope up with the tough conditions in Manchester. In terms of bowling, Roston Chase admitted that he is feeling confident now and that he has worked a lot on his control.
“When you do well against England you get a lot of credit. That’s an incentive in itself. From the beginning of the tour we spoke about plans for the series. We really wanted the batsmen to put their hands up. The batting hasn’t come up to par for the last couple of years. The guys have shown signs of improvement but we haven’t managed. I felt comfortable at the crease at Southampton but after that it was pretty challenging batting conditions. [Bowling role] I’ve been doing it for a while now, I’m quite confident in my bowling now, I’ve worked a lot on my control. Still not where I want it to be, but it’s getting a little easier for me,” Chase said in the post-match press conference.