England’s Leach relishing upcoming India Test series

Brenda Watkins
February 2, 2021

He also backed India to win the series by 3-0 or 3-1 if England manages to do well in the pink-ball Test. Kohli had missed the last three matches of the Australia tour taking paternity leave. The third match of this Test series played in India will be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, the world's largest cricket stadium.

Leach took ten wickets against Sri Lanka but admitted that he felt rusty during those matches.

England left-arm spinner Jack Leach finds himself facing perhaps one of the sterner tests in his nascent global career so far in the form of bowling to a star-studded Indian batting lineup in the upcoming Test series starting Friday. Obviously it's not the ideal prep but it's been the same for India, said Leach. I feel like I have more dismissals in play and I wouldn't want to change something just because someone else did it. We are just waiting for official confirmation. I don't think about what that means later down the line.

"I have always had question marks over his T20 captaincy but I never had question marks on his 50-over or Test match captaincy". So to be playing again is a really nice feeling.

Leach reckons it to be a great opportunity for the visitors, quite a few of whom are playing on Indian soil for the first time, to test themselves against a formidable unit.

England players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns, who did not travel with the team to Sri Lanka for an earlier assignment, completed their quarantine earlier and have been training. Leach, however, says he is not daunted by the prospect.

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'It's just a great opportunity. They're obviously a quality side who have come off the back of a quality win in Australia. With this, this will be the first time in India in the Corona era when viewers will be able to watch their favorite games and players play live on the field. Having missed so much cricket you have to keep in mind to cherish and enjoy these moments. And while the visitors will certainly draw inspiration from that series, the pressure will certainly be on them. In India, there is maybe a bit more pressure with what wickets could be like. "Actually, we don't have enough time and it will be a tight squeeze to make the arrangements in the stands for the second Test since we can't go in there during the first Test", the source said. I just know if I can get myself right and in the right headspace and bowling how I know I can then I can be effective.

Leach said adaptability would be key, with players getting little time to prepare.

"That is something we have talked about in Sri Lanka, definitely I guess change in our angles". I found him hard to bowl at. It is about sticking to your strengths.

As a left-arm spinner, Leach should enjoy bowling to the right-handers in India's batting line-up.

Sir Alastair Cook is expected to be the big name headlining Channel 4's coverage of England's Test series in India when a deal is confirmed today. On a spinning wicket, that can be very tricky. They need not get central accreditation.

"Speaking to Gilo, it is something he found really helpful bowling over the wicket", Leach said. "Everyone has an optimum pace and I think it's important to try and stick to that as much as possible".

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