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Jack's Sri Lanka Diary: Part Two

Jack Leach is currently in Sri Lanka with England.

His performances with the ball have been an integral part of England securing a Test series victory.

Here is part two of Jack’s Tour Diary:

“I still can’t really put in to words how I felt when I took that last wicket in Kandy. It was an amazing feeling to win the game and the series. It was very special and for it to be my first five-wicket haul for England made it the perfect day.

It was a tough game. There were times during their second innings that we felt like the game was slipping away but there were also times when we thought we were going to win. It was such an up and down game emotionally so to come out on top in the end was very special. I certainly wasn’t expecting to open the batting!

Going to Kandy one-nil up in the series, we felt that the pitch would probably be a turner and that proved to be the case. I think both sides batted really well on a tricky surface and the match ebbed and flowed. We had to stick at it and in the end we got our rewards.

“After the first Test we had a day of travel and I think everyone was a bit tired. We then had two days of practice. The second day was optional, but everyone decided that they wanted to train. We knew that they would come at us hard and we all wanted to be prepared.

We’ve had a bit of downtime in the last couple of days and we had a Movember Quiz Night. A few of us are doing Movember at the moment to help raise money for the charity and we’re also raising money for a children’s charity in Kandy. It was a good night and there were some former England players there too which was nice. That’s the sort of culture that Joe Root is trying to create as captain. He wants past players to be involved with what’s going on. We’ve then got a day off followed by two days of training before the third and final Test.

“The amount of messages I’m still getting from back home is unbelievable. I just can’t thank people enough for their support. It means so much to me. If I look back on how I’ve got here from playing at primary school, there are so many people that I have to thank and I’m just so grateful to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today.

Although the series is wrapped up, we’ve spoken about the importance of going on to win and make it three-nil. We will be giving it everything to make sure that we win the third Test and I just can’t wait for the game to start. Hopefully I’ll be selected, but even if I’m not it’s been a few weeks that I will never forget.”

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