Leach taking cues from Jadeja performances ahead of Ashes opener

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01 Dec 2021 | 04:54 PM
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Leach taking cues from Jadeja performances ahead of Ashes opener

England spinner Jack Leach revealed that he is learning from Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's performances in Australia

England spinner Jack Leach on Wednesday said he has been watching videos of India's left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the upcoming Ashes contests against Australia.

Jadeja had claimed 14 wickets from six innings Down Under at an average 21.8.

"I don't think (Jadeja) did too much different to what he does in India," said Leach, who has played 16 Tests, taking 62 wickets, but none in Australia. "That's another nice thing to see. He's taken what he does, is doing pretty similar things and having success."

Leach was full of praise for counterpart Nathan Lyon's technique on Australian pitches.

"For years I've watched Nathan Lyon and he's very impressive. Just how strong his stock ball is and on wickets that don't necessarily offer a lot spin wise he's found ways to extract extra bounce, dip, and all the other things," he said.

"They're the kind of things that I've been trying to add in but still sticking to my strengths as well."

Leach believed the return of star allrounder Ben Stokes should help the team perform better.

"From the (English) summer, the feedback was that Stokesy not being in the side, not having that all-round option in the top order, kind of made things difficult for me to get in the side," he said.

"It's great to have him back around and he's been brilliant. He's such a team man and the group is only better for having him in it."

The Ashes starts at the Gabba on December 8. 

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