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Jack looking forward to India challenge

The England Test squad are currently in India preparing for a Test series.

England’s confidence will be high following a series win in Sri Lanka and Somerset’s Jack Leach is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

“Obviously, it’s great to come away from Sri Lanka on the back of a two-nil series win and the boys are feeling good,” he said when we spoke to him earlier this week. “Since then, we’ve spent some time in isolation and it feels good to get back out there and train. The first game will come around quickly and everyone is really looking forward to it. We’ve got to put Sri Lanka to one side now and personally I don’t feel like I bowled as well as I could have done. At my best I feel like I could have done a bit better so I’m working hard and striving to hit my rhythms and bowl as well as I can.”

How is Jack coping with what is being referred to as ‘bubble life’?

“We’re pretty much used to it now,” he explained. “We know that things aren’t ideal back home, so we feel lucky and privileged to be out here and still able to play cricket. Hopefully, we can give people something to look forward to. That’s something that really motivates us at the moment because we get a huge amount of support and we’re very thankful for that.”

Jack is aware that India will also be going into the series in good spirits following a stunning victory in Australia.

“Both teams will be going into this with good confidence. India had that great win in Australia so we’re very aware of what a dangerous side they are especially when they’re playing in their home conditions. We know what a challenge it will be, but we also see it as a great opportunity, and we will be giving it everything.”

Despite being kept at a distance from the public, the England players are still being made very aware of the passion that the local people have for cricket, as Jack explained.

“Although we’ve been isolating and there won’t be any crowds in the stadium, you can still feel the passion that people have for the game here. Even in the hotel one of the staff told me that he’d watched all the games in Sri Lanka and that I was bowling nicely, and yesterday the pool attendant was giving me tips on how to bowl in India. The passion for the game over here is unbelievable and that really adds to the excitement. To play in a country where cricket is everything to so many people is very exciting.”

What would winning a series in India mean to Jack?

“It would mean a lot,” he explained. “As a spinner, you think about places where you would like to be contributing to wins and India is right up there. They play spin well and some of the wickets can spin, so to win a series and to contribute towards that would be right up there in the highlights of my career so far. There’s a lot of cricket to go before that though and we will be taking it one day at a time.”

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