Jack Leach, the England all-rounder, said that he has “nothing to lose”, after he was named in England’s 12-man squad for the second Ashes Test, beginning on August 14, at Lord’s.
Leach replaced Moeen Ali, after the off-spinner failed with bat and ball at Edgabaston. The 28-year-old, who is almost certain to take the field at Lord’s, is bracing for the role of lead spinner in the team.
“It feels like I’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I just want to go and do my thing,” Leach said. Former England captain Nasser Hussain had marked out Leach as a potential counter to Steve Smith, who continued his glorious run in Test cricket, aggregating 286 runs in the first Test.
“There are the stats showing Smith is slightly worse against left-arm spin, they might want to try a bit of that and Jack Leach is waiting,” Hussain had written in his column.
Leach, who with 18 scalps was England’s joint-highest wicket-taker in their 3-0 series win in Sri Lanka last year, looked forward to the challenge of bowling to Smith, but said that he’d like to focus on the entire batting line-up.
Yes, there’s Steve Smith but there’s 10 other guys as well and I’ll be focusing on all of them.
“There has been a focus on his supposed weakness against left-arm spin. I suppose those stats are there but I’ve just got to – if I’m in the XI – I’ve got to do my thing and bowl as well as I can and see what happens. It’s the same for every batter. I want to get every batter out. Yes, there’s Steve Smith, but there’s 10 other guys as well and I’ll be focusing on all of them,” he said.