England’s leading spinner Jack Leach says that he is ready for a new as the day & India pink ball test against India will bring the seamers back into the forefront after the tweaker’s domination in the first two test matches.
The third test of the four match test series will be played at the World’s largest stadium, Motera from Wednesday onwards. Jack Leach is aware that with the pink ball which tends to move around a lot more than the traditional red cherry ball his role could change over the next few days.
“We want to be adaptable, we feel like we’ve got all bases covered in our squad so I think it’s going to be a fascinating Test match if the ball is moving around, and if so, it might be a slightly different role for me,” Leach wrote in ‘Sky Sports’. “I’ve definitely thought about that – it’ll be a different challenge and I’ll be ready,” Jack Leach added.
Both the teams are unaware of how the pink ball will perform under lights on a newly laid pitch. Batting in the lights has been one of the talking points in the third test match with India’s Opener batsman Rohit Sharma saying that he would be extra cautious during that period.
On England’s preparations for third test match, Jack Leach said, “We had a good session under lights that started in that twilight period and while I don’t have much experience of playing in these day-night games, I’ve heard that during twilight can be a tough time to bat.
“The pink ball has definitely swung a little bit more than the red one out here and, at the moment at least, the pitch looks like it’s got a bit of grass on it.
“…they might cut all that grass off and it will look very different. It is a truer wicket, then it’ll spin less but if it is like the last Test, then it isn’t going to matter what color the ball is, it’ll spin!” Jack Leach is one of the players who put down all the talks around the pitch used for the second test in Chennai saying that the team has no excuses for their massive 317 runs defeat in that match.
“I know a lot of people were talking about the pitch in the last game but for us as players, it’s really important that we’re trying to put good performances in whatever pitch we’re playing on; there are definitely no excuses from inside the camp. We want to be adaptable on all surfaces and I think we’ve shown that”, Jack Leach said.