Jack back and ready for pre-season

Jack Leach has returned from England duty and has joined up with the rest of the Somerset squad for pre-season training.

The 27-year-old was part of the Test squad for the tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies. We spoke to him on his return to Taunton and asked him about his time away.

“It was a really valuable experience,” he said. “Any time you’re involved with the England set up is a great experience. You’re working day in, day out with world class players, and that’s what I want to become. I learned a huge amount from the experience.

“Everyone is really disappointed that we didn’t win the series. Obviously that was the aim, but the West Indies played well and we weren’t at our best.

“From a personal point of view, I wasn’t too disappointed not to have played in the West Indies. I know where I am as a player and I know where I want to get to. I’m on that journey and I was happy with how things went in Sri Lanka, but I’ve learned a huge amount from both tours. I’d like to think that I’m a better player now than I was at the start of the winter because I’ve put in a lot of hard work, and I’ll continue to work hard. I have to believe and trust that that is making me better.

“I keep learning every day and I’m determined to keep learning, whether that be with Somerset, England or Taunton Deane. I’m going to keep pushing and hopefully there will be some good performances along the way.”

How does it feel to be back?

“I’m excited to be back here with all the Somerset lads, and I’m looking forward to pre-season. It’s great to see everyone again and it’s one of the rare times that everyone is all together and we can’t wait to get over to Abu Dhabi. It’s great when we’re all together like this in pre-season and it’s a really exciting time for us all.

“Abu Dhabi will be great. It’s all about getting us together, getting game time and making sure that we are ready to go at the start of the season. Competitive game-time is the key thing and there’s no substitute for that. The marquee last year was great, but because of the weather we didn’t get a lot of actual game-time. Abu Dhabi will give us that which is vital. The bowlers will be able to bowl a lot of overs and the batters will get their chance out in the middle, so it should put us in a really good position ahead of the two warm up games when we get back.

“Everyone starts on 0 points and it will be all to play for when the season finally begins. Hopefully we can get off to a good start against Kent and then carry that momentum forward in to the rest of the season.”

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