In the modern days and during the last decade or so, the West Indies cricket has been on the decline of sorts in the longer formats. The West Indies is more known for T20 cricket and the Caribbean flavour that they bring to T20 leagues all around the world. However, Roston Chase is one of those rare modern-day players from the Caribbean who are not known for their T20 game. It is the longer formats that he is more famous for. The tall cricketer from Barbados bowls off-spin and is a very good middle-order batsman.
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Batting Career Summary
137* v IND
94 v AFG
66 v GAW
Bowling Career Summary
8/60 v ENG
3/30 v AFG
3/12 v SKNP
He made his first-class debut in 2011 and it wasn’t until the 2015 – 2016 season that he was noticed. He scored 710 runs and averaged 59.16 from 10 first-class matches and also picked up 23 wickets which was more than his returns from first four first-class seasons. Hence, he was drafted into the Test squad for the series against India and was pretty impressive. Since then, Chase has been a huge part of the West Indies Test squad and has gone on to cement his place in the ODI format as well.
After being around the domestic scene for five years, Chase finally got a call-up in the West Indies Test squad in 2016. He made his debut in the first Test against India. He didn’t have a great debut as he scored just 31 runs across two innings and failed to pick up a wicket. However, in just his second Test, Chase picked up a fifer and scored a match-winning ton to save the game for the West Indies. Since then, he has been an integral part of the West Indies Test side.
Barring 2020, Chase has scored at least one hundred and one fifty every calendar year in the longest format. Add to that, he has taken more than 10 wickets in every calendar year. The Barbados-born all-rounder has been critical to the revival of Test cricket for the West Indies. Overall, he has played 35 Test matches in five years now and has amassed 1852 runs at an average of 30.87. He has five hundreds as well. With the ball, he has picked up 69 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls.
Unlike his Test career, Chase didn’t have a great start to his ODI career and has been largely inconsistent. He struggled for a couple of years and was constantly in and out of the side. He made his ODI debut in 2017 but played only 11 games in 2017 and 2018 combined. He scored just 117 runs at an average of 14.63 in those two years. He returned with just three wickets with the ball.
However, Chase’s figures improved in 2019. He got a lot more consistent with the bat, scoring 321 runs at an average of 40.13 and also took eight wickets. However, he was back to his inconsistent best in 2020 when he scored 82 runs in five games and picked up four wickets.
On the whole, Chase has played 30 ODIs and has aggregated 520 runs at an average of 26.00 and has taken 15 wickets.