Kemar Roach has promised he will "keep coming" for principal target Ricky Ponting as West Indies attempt to level the three-match Test series against Australia at Port of Spain.
The two famously first clashed in 2009 when 21-year-old top-flight newcomer Roach forced Aussie legend Ponting to retire hurt with a badly bruised elbow during a Test match at the WACA. It brought about a clamour from the world's top bowlers to target the combative Tasmanian with the short ball.
They renewed hostilities in the first Test of the Baggy Greens' tour of the Caribbean when Roach claimed the prize wicket of Ponting, arguably the most uncompromising player of his generation, with an unstoppable delivery in the first innings in Trinidad.
Punters who bet on Australian cricket backed the visitors to succeed and they certainly began well, ending day one of the second Test at Port of Spain on 208-5, having won the toss and deciding to bat.
Ponting, playing in his first Test since losing his ODI place, knows he is under pressure to perform ahead of the home Test matches against South Africa in November and there a number of cricket bets being placed regarding the veteran and his battle with his young opponent, who says he is ready to capitalise on any doubts.
The 23-year-old St Lucia-born star said: "Ricky Ponting's a great batsman, a legend of cricket. To get that wicket, on a difficult pitch, easy for batting, it's very good."
"I'll keep coming at him, that's my job, and I want to do it to the best of my ability," Roach added. "I say he's a challenge, I won't say I have the wood on him, he's a great batsman, I respect what he's done in cricket, but I have a job to do for my team. If that's to run at him, then I'm going to do it."