Jack Leach is determined to keep thoughts on this winter’s Ashes tour on the back burner during the series against India, worried his place on the trip will be moot if he doesn’t show up in the coming weeks.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales is looking to establish whether families will be granted visas to travel to Australia for the series starting in December and, if so, how the current 14-day quarantine required for enter the country. bubble environment of the team to ensure that the experience is not considered prohibitive.
Together with Ben Stokes taking an indefinite hiatus to “prioritize his mental well-being”, the issue presents a potential distraction for England heading into the five-round series with India that begins at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. Some are believed to be considering its availability if the situation is not resolved, although Leach is apparently not among them.
He said: “My way of doing things is taking a small part at a time and I am very focused on this series from India. If i don’t play well [Australia] It may not be the place I go in winter. It’s about taking care of what’s in front of you.
“There has been a bit of talk [about families on tour] But through my experiences in the past, losing parts of cricket to illness or injury, I want to be doing my best to play for England, reach my potential and see what I can achieve at the highest level.
“It’s something I would be very excited about, Australia in Australia. It’s the ultimate test and something you grow up looking at and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ [But] I will only think about what I have in front of me: test matches against India. “
Leach’s caution is understandable, given that he returned from touring Sri Lanka and India last winter as England’s top wicket catcher with 28 casualties in six trials, only to be overlooked in a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in June when Joe Root and Chris Silverwood opted for two full-throttle attacks. This was essentially due to the absence of three SUVs in Stokes, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Leach accepted that the team’s balance and desire for four spikes meant he was missing, even if it still left him frustrated by the call and feeling like it could have had an impact on the fields.
Neither Stokes nor Woakes are available for Trent Bridge, which means Curran’s hitting at No. 7 appears to be Leach’s best route back to the side. Stokes would guarantee it, although his partner from the famous Headingley heist in 2019 supports his decision on Friday to take a break.
Leach said: “All the guys stand behind Ben and support him where we can. You have shown the courage and courage to put your mental health first. He is a core part of our team and we will miss him. His priority is to take time out of the game to improve. We look forward to welcoming him in the near future and winning cricket matches for England. “
Conditions in the test series are unlikely to be as conducive to effect as those in Chennai and Ahmedabad during his latest test outing, but Leach seems confident. The pitches in the early part of the season lessened his impact for Somerset, but the 30-year-old insists that English cricket isn’t just about the quicks.
When asked what he could get out of the India tour in February and March, Leach said: “The belief that I can pitch these guys and do it right. If the wicket is better, it’s just that you adapt your skill slightly. I enjoy bowling in England. The grounds are generally quite dry and there is definitely a role to play.
“Playing against India, who are such a strong team, in a series of five test matches, will tell us a lot about where we are. I think I’m still constantly trying to work my way through the team. That’s my main thought: make sure my game is in a good place so I can be on the team and perform consistently. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism