England’s star bowler Jack Leach said on Monday that England’s squad is not focusing on the state of the pitches in India but they are aiming to learn from their two day defeat & will make a comeback in the final test match which will start from this week.
England faced a massive 10 wickets defeat within two days of the third test match on a viciously turning Ahmedabad track & trail the four match Test series with 2-1. Former England Cricketers including Michael Vaughan & David Llyod criticized the pitch at the World’s biggest Stadium that hosted its first International Match since renovation. But the left arm Spinner Leach who has scalped 16 wickets in three tests said that his team is focusing on correcting their mistakes & performing well in the fourth test which will start from Thursday.
“I don’t really have too much to say about the pitch, I think we got outplayed in those conditions and for me I am always looking to learn and get better and see every challenge as a way of improving,” Leach told reporters.
“I think their spinners bowled really, really well and I don’t think we should take anything away from them by saying bad things about the wicket.”
Indian Spinners Axar Patel & Ravichandran Ashwin scalped 18 wickets as England was wrapped up for 112 & 81. Jack Leach agreed with Ravichandran Ashwin that the talk about the pitch has been more in the media than in the England’s dressing room.
“Ashwin world class bowler. Axar Patel was very accurate. I want to say that they bowled very well and that’s what I am looking at them and seeing how can I get better and that’s all my focus is on,” said Leach.
“In the dressing we are just trying to get better and be prepared for this next match,” added Jack Leach.
Jack Leach who made his Test debut in 2018 said that he has progressed as a spinner & the experience from this tour has provided him with lots of confidence that he can play more efficiently for England in the near future.
“I don’t think I could really have expected much more of myself than how I’ve done and how I’ve got better through the tour,” the 29-year-old said.
“It has given me a lot of confidence that I can go on and play a lot for England and that I’m going to get better and better”, Leach added.
The match has much more importance than a mere victory. India must avoid defeat to guarantee themselves a place in the final of World Test Championship against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.