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Roach on his way for Heat in T20
Laine Clark
18:09 AEST Tue Dec 11 2012

The arrival of import Kemar Roach could not have been timed better for regrouping Big Bash League franchise the Brisbane Heat.

Still smarting from a BBL opening thrashing by the big-hitting Hobart Hurricanes last Sunday, the prospect of bowling to one of Twenty20 cricket's most destructive forces - Adelaide Strikers' Kieron Pollard - on Thursday night should make the Heat shudder.

But Brisbane coach Darren Lehmann is relishing the thought after confirmation Roach will arrive in time to take on his West Indies teammate Pollard in the Adelaide Oval clash with the Strikers.

"It's going to be exciting to see Pollard and Roach going at each other," Lehmann said.

"Roach is fast. We are hoping he has an impact straight away.

"It's great having the international guys. It ignites the competition."

Roach and Pollard will jet into Adelaide on Wednesday barely 48 hours after featuring in West Indies' Bangladesh tour finale, a T20 international triumph at Mirpur.

The Windies won by 18 runs after Roach claimed 1-36 and Pollard earlier chimed in with 15 runs off nine balls including two sixes.

It will mark the first time Roach will be tinged in teal for the Heat while Pollard plays his maiden Strikers game after being injured on the eve of last year's BBL.

Pollard replaces spinner Saeed Ajmal who has completed his one-match stint.

Roach will be injected into the Heat side along with classy batsman Chris Lynn who has recovered from a groin injury.

Lynn comes into the 13-man squad for Chris Sabburg, who was 12th man in the opening game, while Roach replaces Test allrounder Shane Watson.

Roach and Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera are scheduled to play the remainder of the BBL for the Heat.


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