Jack Leach makes Test match Debut - Reaction
It was another proud day for Somerset County Cricket Club as left-arm spinner Jack Leach was named in England’s XI to face New Zealand at Christchurch. Leach joins Craig Overton in representing England this winter and was presented his cap shortly before play by Graeme Swann.
Despite a tricky day for the tourists, Jonny Bairstow led the fightback with a fine 97 not out. Leach walked out to bat for the first time in Test cricket with the score 259/8 and provided excellent support for Bairstow. He faced 33 balls and finished the day 10 not out, with England closing 290/8.
Once the team had been revealed, hundreds of Somerset fans took to social media to offer their congratulations to the Somerset spinner. We have selected a few of our favourite tweets below…
Everyone at Somerset County Cricket Club would like to wish @jackleach1991 all the very best for his Test debut!
— Somerset Cricket 🏏 (@SomersetCCC) March 29, 2018
Words cannot explain! So so happy for the 🌰! Good luck leachy 💪 https://t.co/Q80OGJQMzU
— tom abell (@tomabell1) March 29, 2018
— Jason Kerr (@JKerr548) March 29, 2018
— Tim Groenewald (@timmyg12) March 29, 2018
Jack Leach has worked so so hard. Since he was a little boy. Overcome so many struggles. Come on Leachy boy.
— Joanne Vickers (@joannevickers) March 29, 2018
Couldn’t be any happier for this guy! Works so hard!! A true professional and role model! THE NUT 🌰🌰 https://t.co/DxSSSp14r4
— Dom Bess (@DomBess99) March 30, 2018
– 3/7/14 he helps @tauntondeanecc win the Baker Cup
– 29/3/18 he makes his test debut for England
No one deserves it more, go and smash it Leachy! 🌰🌰🌰🌰🌰🌰🌰 pic.twitter.com/Y1VPWLdo8F
— Alex Davidson📷 (@photodavidson) March 29, 2018
Not seen Jack Leach play before but I already love him with his massive glasses and nuggety batting style #NZvsEng
— Hamir Patel (@hamir_patel) March 30, 2018
Proud day! Best of luck @jackleach1991 absolutely delighted for you! Love it 🥜
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) March 29, 2018
— The PCA (@PCA) March 29, 2018
Yes @jackleach1991! Nobody more deserving in our game! All the best Jack!
— SimonM (@ComeonSomerset) March 29, 2018
Delighted for Jack Leach – such a deserved debut. I once played in a county U14 game where he bowled 59 dot balls out of 60 in a ten-over spell. The one scoring delivery, I dived over in the ring. 😫
— Will Carpenter (@BristolSportWKC) March 30, 2018
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Jack Leach makes his Test debut and Dom Bess takes 6 for 71 for MCC. The Somerset revolution has begun? #NZvENG
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) March 30, 2018