Jack's Back!

Jack Leach has just returned to the Cooper Associates County Ground after spending a month away in the West Indies where he’s been playing red-ball cricket for the England Lions.

On his return to a chilly Taunton Jack said: “The results for the team were disappointing and we would have loved to have won the series. However we hope that we’ve all learned a lot from our experience and that it will put us in a better place for the next time we play in those sorts of conditions.”

The Lions were beaten 3-0 by the West Indies ‘A’ side, but the Somerset left arm spinner picked up 18 wickets, including a best of six for 138 in the second four-day game.

Regarding his own performances Jack said: “I’ve got to be pleased. I feel in good form and I feel that I’m bowling well, which is good from an individual point of view. The wickets out there did take spin but were slightly different. The first wicket we played on was good for spin, then we moved to Sabina Park in Kingston which spun at the start and got better the longer it went on.

“The last game was on another good wicket in Antigua, which was a day/night game. I played more of a holding role in the first innings when the seamers were taking wickets. “In every innings ,I bowled in slightly different situations on different wickets so it was a really good experience and I feel that I’ve learnt a lot about my game. I bowled a lot of overs in the West Indies which was good for my rhythm.”

Does Jack think that he has furthered his case for an England Test Match call up by what he has achieved in the West Indies?

“I’m not looking too far ahead,” he said. “I’ve hopefully got a lot of good performances to put in for Somerset to try and win games. That’s what I’m looking forward to at the moment and then we’ll see how we go from there.”

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