Jack Leach reveals his ambition of staying the 'frontline spinner' for England

Jack Leach reveals his ambition of staying the ‘frontline spinner’ for England

When you think of England’s bowling department in Test Cricket, who comes to your mind first? James Anderson! Or Stuart Broad. Maybe other frontline seamers like Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson. But there’s another key bowler who is underrated, but always contributes to the team’s performance. Jack Leach is the current frontline spinner for England. And he has revealed his ambition to stay in that position for as long as he can. Leach has been studying youtube videos of former England off-spinner Graeme Swann. He intends to polish his attacking instincts.

Leach worked extremely hard for his six wickets against West Indies in the second test. He bowled a record 94.5 overs. However, it was Kraigg Brathwaite who emerged as the ultimate hero, facing 673 balls in the match.

Last year was not particularly the best one for Leach. He had some pretty rough experiences, being hit all around the park by Rishabh Pant in Chennai. Of course, in Brisbane, he was smashed the same way by Australia’s top-order. In the home series against India, he did not feature in a single test. That might be given a pass since India’s frontline spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also just warmed the bench for the team that whole series.

Leach optimistic about his future as England’s frontline spinner

“I’m trying to become the frontline spinner for England and I see the last couple of weeks as really valuable for my development on that road,” Leach said. “It won’t be too long before I turn those three-fors into five-fors, especially in the second innings.

“Brisbane was…I felt horrible,” he said. “Not a good moment but I think I trained the next day actually after the game, thanks to Jeetan Patel who said ‘let’s do something about it rather than stew’. Australia was a really tough trip for everyone but I did feel like I learned a lot and I came back really motivated and buzzing.

“We wouldn’t be here if we are not good enough cricketers, but we can offer in different ways. I want to offer with wickets, but if I’m not, I want to be awesome in the field and try to score runs. I think maybe I got it a bit wrong beforehand. Not on purpose but I felt I was playing for my spot.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.