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Kemar Roach wants Heat return in BBL
Justin Chadwick
16:45 AEST Sun Jan 20 2013

After helping the Brisbane Heat claim this summer's Twenty20 crown, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach is keen to return to the Big Bash League franchise next summer.

Roach claimed 3-18 to help power the Heat to a 34-run victory over the Scorchers in Saturday night's T20 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.

And after tasting the ultimate success with the Heat, Roach wants to do it all again next summer.

"I'd love to be back here playing again," Roach said.

"I've had a good comradery 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 back 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 was 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 in order 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 the wheels in motion for future 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."

AAP jsc/lf/as


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