England spinner Jack Leach is the third-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing Test series with 16 wickets. He has been the strike bowler for England and has posed serious problems to the Indian batsmen in the series so far. WIth the Motera pitch being talked about so much after the third Test finished inside two days, Leach has refrained from saying anything against it. He said that he has no problems with the pitch whatsoever and he wants to focus on the next Test match.
The spinners took 28 of the 30 wickets that fell in the Test match and Leach and his skipper Joe Root picked nine of them together. Root picked up his maiden Test fifer in the third Test in Ahmedabad. While some of the former England cricketers have been quite critical of the Motera pitch used in the pink-ball Test, spinner Leach said that he doesn’t have anything against the pitch.
“I do not have too much to say about the pitch, we got outplayed in those conditions and for me, I am always looking to learn. That’s the great thing about our group, we are all in this mindset and we want to learn from what has been a couple of hard games and put in a good performance so yeah, it was tough, even being a spinner on that wicket comes with tough moments,” said Leach.
He further said that he is focusing on the next Test match and that ideally, he would like Test matches to not finish within two days.
“I think that is right. One thing I will say as a cricket fan if I was watching a Test match, I would want it to go longer than two days, that is my only kind of viewing being a cricket fan… Test match should go on longer than two days, whether that is to the pitch or skill, for me, I am fully concentrating on how can I best do on every wicket I play on,” Leach said in a virtual press conference on Monday.
Indian Spinners Bowled Really Well: Jack Leach
“Their spinners bowled really well, I do not think we should take anything away from them by saying bad things about the wicket, they played well and we need to learn from that,” he added.