West Indies veteran seamer Kemar Roach was as surprised as everyone else when England left out James Anderson and Stuart Broad for their three-test series starting on Tuesday.

However, to Roach, the key to winning the series will be dismissing England captain Joe Root and allrounder Ben Stokes.

“If we can put immense pressure on those both, I think we’re in for quite a good chance,” Roach said.

Anderson, aged 39, and Broad, 35 — England’s all-time leading wicket-takers with a combined 1,177 dismissals — were angry at being left out of this tour.

Robinson is out of the first test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. If he’s out of the tour, Anderson or Broad will not be summoned.

“It’s a slight advantage for us,” Roach said. “With those experienced players missing, it leaves a little bit of a hole for England to fill.

Roach will spearhead the West Indies pace attack including Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, Jayden Seales and the uncapped Anderson Phillip.

“Once we get our plans right,” Roach said, “we should be good going into the series, getting a good start and then taking it further on.”

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