Jack's West Indies Dairy: Part Two

With the second Test between England and the West Indies set to begin later this week, it’s been announced that Jack Leach has been included in England’s 12-man squad.

Jack will be keeping us up to date with his exploits in the West Indies with his Tour Diary.

Here is part two:

“Obviously it was disappointing not to be involved in the first Test, but we’ve got a fantastic squad and it’s not about me as an individual. It’s about the team as a whole and England winning Test matches.

“It wasn’t the result that we wanted in Barbados, but the West Indies played really well and we are determined to put that right this week. We’ve talked a lot about that in the last few days, and as a side I think we’re in a good place. We’ve won most of the last 10 or so Test matches that we’ve played, so there’s no need to panic. We just need to make sure that we turn up for the next game. 

“It’s been interesting for me to see how different people react to a defeat like that. That’s the game of cricket though. You go out there determined to win every time but you can’t win every game. What is important is that we learn from any defeats. Dealing properly with a defeat like that will make us better cricketers in the long term. As a team, it’s challenges like this that will get us to where we want to be which is being number one in the world. We know that we’ve got a lot of work to do yet but these challenges will help us to reach that goal.

“Although I wasn’t selected for the first Test, there certainly wasn’t any time off! There was a mixture of doing my own training and helping the team out with things like twelfth man duties. I did a lot of work with Saqlain Mushtaq and Mark Ramprakash, but also watched a lot of the game to help take in what I can about these conditions. “I played over here last year with the Lions but the conditions were a bit more spin-friendly, so I think it’s important to watch and take in as much as you can.

“I had a lot of conversations with Moeen and Rash amongst others about cricket over here and how they view it. It’s all about learning as much as I can whilst I’m here. I’m still learning a lot every day as a cricketer, whether I’m playing, training or watching, so I just have to make the most of this whilst I have the opportunity. You need to use every experience to try and improve as a cricketer and that’s what I’m aiming to do. Even though I didn’t play last time, I still feel like I’ve learned an awful lot.

The lads have trained well all week and we’re obviously looking to bounce back. I think we’ve identified what we need to put right and the boys will definitely be looking to do that.”

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