England left-arm orthodox Jack Leach has rubbished all the ongoing debates around the nature of the pitches dished out in the past two Test matches- especially the one in Ahmedabad- stating that there has been a lot of noise from the outside but from he does not have any issues from a playing point of view.
There has been a lot of talks regarding the nature of tracks that the home side has rolled out in the last two Test matches, especially in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad where the match finished inside two days with spinners accounting for 28 of the 30 wickets.
“I think that is right. One thing I will say as a cricket fan if I was watching a Test match, I would want it to go longer than two days, that is my only kind of viewing being a cricket fan… Test match should go on longer than two days, whether that is to the pitch or skill, for me, I am fully concentrating on how can I best do on every wicket I play on,” Jack Leach said in a virtual press conference on Monday.
Jack Leach also went on to heap high praise on the Indian spin-duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, admitting that the duo outbowled them.
“They outbowled us on that wicket, Ashwin is a world-class bowler, Axar was very good on that wicket. All the talk has been in the media, in the dressing room, we just talk about getting better,” he added.
“I do not have too much to say about the pitch, we got outplayed in those conditions and for me, I am always looking to learn. That’s the great thing about our group, we are all in this mindset and we want to learn from what has been a couple of hard games and put in a good performance so yeah, it was tough, even being a spinner on that wicket comes with tough moments,” said Leach.
“Their spinners bowled really well, I do not think we should take anything away from them by saying bad things about the wicket, they played well and we need to learn from that,” he added.
Leach asserted that he does not have any issues with the pitch from a playing point of view and his sole focus remains on how can improve his skills and make as much impact in the game as possible.
“I do not have any issues with the pitch from a playing point of view, I just want to make an impact in the game as much as possible,” said Jack Leach.
“There is a lot of talk on the outside and I am not wanting to get involved in that, that is a distraction to me, all I want to focus is on being the best I can be in any game I play for Somerset or England,” Jack Leach added.
The fourth Test between India and England will kickstart at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from March 04.