Jack's West Indies Diary: Part Three

During his time in the West Indies with the England Test side, Jack Leach has been keeping us up to date with what’s been going on in his Tour Diary.

Here is part three:

“It goes without saying that everyone was extremely disappointed after the second Test. Credit has to go to the West Indies, who were once again the better side. Test match cricket is never easy and you always want to be challenged when you go out on the field. To go from the highs of Sri Lanka to the disappointment of the West Indies is something that we all have to deal with. It’s a new thing for me to experience, but the important thing is that we keep moving forward and look to put things right in St Lucia. Hopefully we can take that disappointment and learn from it and become better players because of it.

“No matter what happens in the third Test, I’m sure that I’ll come back a better player than I was when I left. Although I haven’t played in the games so far, I’ve seen a lot of cricket and worked with some outstanding players and coaches. I’ve spoken a lot with Moeen and I’ve worked on my game a lot. I’m excited about what I’m learning and I feel like my game is improving. On one of the days in Antigua, the guys that weren’t playing did a training session and I was able to get some really good work done. I can’t wait to put what I’ve learned out here in to practice for Somerset.

“I haven’t felt too disappointed about not playing so far. The selections have been right for the conditions and Moeen bowled and batted really well in the second Test. Performing like that after a tricky game for him in Barbados shows great character and in my opinion he’s a world class all rounder. The amount I’ve learned from him is great.

“We did some fitness training on the beach at 7:30 this morning in St Lucia to help get the travel out of our legs and then we’ll have training again tomorrow. The atmosphere in the camp is pretty relaxed and everyone is 100% focused on the next Test.

“Although the series has gone, there’s plenty to still play for. The goal is for us to get to number one in the world and Rooty has made that point a number of times. To do that you need to be winning Test matches at home and away. We won three in Sri Lanka, and if we win in St Lucia that will be four out of the last six away. We’re all disappointed that the series has gone but we need to look to the long term if we want to be number one in the world, and every away Test win will help towards that.

“The results haven’t been good but there have been a few really good performances from individuals. The aim was to win the series and obviously we haven’t done that, so now it’s all about putting in a good team performance in the third Test.

“The support I’ve received from back home has been unbelievable. I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s sent a message of support.”

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