Nothing to lose and a lot to gain for Leach

back icon
safari
11 Aug 2019 | 01:22 PM
authorAFP

Nothing to lose and a lot to gain for Leach

Bowler plays down Smith's weakness when facing left-arm spin

heart

Share

Jack Leach admitted on Sunday that he has “nothing to lose” after the England spinner was called up for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.

Leach is in contention to start in the clash on Wednesday after replacing fellow spin bowler Moeen Ali in the squad following his team’s first Test thrashing at Edgbaston, and he is ready to play with no fear after his earlier than expected role in the series.

“It feels like I’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain,” Leach said on BBC radio programme Sportsweek.

“I just want to go and do my thing.”

Leach will be key to the task of containing batting star Steve Smith, who scored a century in both Aussie innings last time out to help his side to a 251-run victory over England.

The 28-year-old’s last appearance at Lord’s earlier this summer saw him score 92 as a nightwatchman as England overcame a dismal first innings to beat Ireland in an Ashes warm-up.

But this week all the focus will be on his bowling as England hope he can be the man to crack Smith.

“There has been a focus on his supposed weakness against left-arm spin,” he said.

“I suppose those stats are there but I’ve just got to -- if I’m in the 11 -- I’ve got to do my thing and bowl as well as I can and see what happens.

“It’s the same for every batter. I want to get every batter out. Yes, there’s Steve Smith but there’s 10 other guys as well and I’ll be focusing on all of them.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Don't necessarily have to be quick in air to be successful in India: Jack Leach
Leach said he is not thinking about becoming the number one spinner in the team with a good showing against India
userPTI
01 Feb 2021
safari
NEWS
'Village cricketer' Leach can't believe he's an Ashes hero
The sight of Leach carefully polishing his glasses also endeared him to the crowd
userAFP
27 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
Australia look to Smith for Ashes revival
Smith missed the third Test with concussion but is expected to be fit for the next game
userAFP
27 Aug 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
Stokes's stunning century sees England to one-wicket win in Ashes thriller
The England all-rounder scored an unbeaten 135 to guide his team to a 1-wicket win
userAFP
25 Aug 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
England under pressure to deliver at the stage of their World Cup triumph
England needs to get their combination right while Australia will aim to get one step closer to Ashes
userShubh Aggarwal
13 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
England drop Moeen Ali for Lord's Test
England are expected to pick left-arm spinner Leach in Moeen's place
userAFP
09 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
Root promises no 'emotional decisions' after heavy loss
Root backed Moeen Ali who has been under fire for his below-par performance at Edgbaston
userAFP
06 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
'Best Test batsman we've seen': Paine on Steve Smith
After a one-year ban Steve Smith came back stronger than ever with twin tons in his comeback game
userAFP
05 Aug 2019
safari
NEWS
Had a stern chat with players following Ireland win: Bayliss
England bundled Ireland out for just 38 to win the one-off Test by 143 runs at Lord's
userAFP
28 Jul 2019
safari
NEWS
Soaring heat in Britain forces Leach's father to miss son's knock
The nightwatchman scored 92 opening the innings against Ireland
userAFP
26 Jul 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved