England spinner Jack Leach explained what it is like working in the revamping of the Test team under skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.
Leach was taken to the cleaners by Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant in the Edgbaston Test. The Somerset spinner got the better of the flamboyant player in the second innings to avert flow of more runs. That was the only wicket for Leach in the game but it was all worth it.
Jack Leach reveals Ben Stokes’ strategy for his bowling
Leach was asked to bowl attacking balls for a longer period that is something against his approach. But the left-arm spinner feels that there is a process to follow rather expecting quick results.
“There are times when I want to revert back, when I want to stick mid-on or mid-off back and I’m probably leaning towards that safer way of going about things,’ Leach told The Daily Mail.
‘But when Stokesey tells you, “No, you’re having the man in”, I know that’s OK because then if the batter comes down the pitch and whacks me for six he’s clapping me.
‘It’s not about the end result, it’s about the process in this team now and that message is something that’s really easy to follow. Some days that is going to go really well for you and on others it won’t come off but as long as we have a way of doing things and trust it, we believe it will work more times than not, and that’s really exciting,” he added.
Who is next for England?
England have won all four Tests in the summer so far chasing targets above 270 in the fourth innings. The Ben Stokes-led side will play World Test Championship 2021-23 table leaders South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s starting on August 17.