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Jack's Sri Lanka Diary: Part One

Jack Leach is currently in Sri Lanka with the England Test squad.

During the course of the tour, Jack will be keeping Somerset supporters up to date with what is happening with his Tour Diary.

Here is part one:

Wow! What a start to the series!

I don’t really know where to start.

It’s been an amazing few days over here and to experience a win like that was incredible.

Let’s start at the beginning.

The atmosphere around the camp has been absolutely first class ever since we arrived. Given that we’re out here in Sri Lanka, the focus has obviously been on our spinners. Rash, Mo and I get on really well and I feel that we complement each other on the field, but also when it comes to how we go about our business in training. We’ve been working really close together and I’ve learned a lot from them in just this short space of time.

I was particularly looking forward to playing in Galle because it’s somewhere I’ve never played before, and things couldn’t have gone much better.

It was a real boost to be thrown the ball early on in the match and it was just a case of being patient. We had to keep grinding away to get our wickets and it’s great that they were shared out between us.

It was brilliant to get back out on the field with Jos. I’ve known him for so long and to be able to share something like that with someone you’re so close to was very special. I’ve seen all the photo’s in the press of the two of us celebrating and those pictures are great. He seemed to be right there in front of me every time I took a wicket, so I just ran in his direction!

A lot has been written about Ben Foakes in the last few days and he deserves all the praise that he has got. His innings was absolutely outstanding, and Keaton was superb in the second innings. Every player did their bit in what was a brilliant performance.

To contribute to and England Test win, especially in Galle, is something that I am extremely proud of. It has to be the high point of my career so far.

The match was the last Test for Rangana Herath and it was a privilege to play against such a great bowler.

I’ve had so many good luck messages and I really wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me anything. It’s really humbling to know that there are so many people taking an interest and getting up at four in the morning to watch. The support in the ground was amazing as well and I know that all the lads are really grateful for the support that we get.

The dressing room was a great place to be at the end of the game and that was definitely a day that I will remember for a long time. However, we can’t afford to get carried away and we will all be working really hard to make sure that we wrap the series up in Kandy next week.

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