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Jack called in to England squad

Jack Leach has been called up to the England Test squad for the tour of New Zealand.

The 26-year-old will replace Mason Crane who has sustained a stress fracture of his lower back.

Jack took 51 wickets at an average of 25.78 in the Specsavers County Championship in 2017, with a best of six for 78.

Following Jack’s call up, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Everyone associated with Somerset Cricket is delighted for Jack. Over the last few seasons he has shown himself to be a high quality and consistent performer.

“He was absolutely outstanding on the recent Lions tour of the West Indies and his performances in the Caribbean will have left the selectors in no doubt of his ability.

“This recognition is a testament to the amount of hard work and dedication that he has shown throughout his career. It’s been a difficult journey over the last 18 months, but he’s demonstrated a tremendous amount of character and mental toughness and he’s now reaping the rewards.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for him to develop his game within the international environment and he will be able to take a huge amount from the experience.”

Jack joins up with Somerset teammate Craig Overton who took one for 37 from his 13 overs on day one of England’s two-day warm-up match against a New Zealand XI in Hamilton.

The two-match Test series begins on March 22nd in Auckland.

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