Jack Leach: Mark Butcher on how English spinning has gone from a “last resort” to a “major” | Cricket News

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Watch all scalps in Jack Leach’s 10-game England game against New Zealand in Heddingley

Watch all scalps in Jack Leach’s 10-game England game against New Zealand in Heddingley

England spinner Jack Leach raises toasts to the first game with 10 wickets in test cricket – and clearly loves life under new captain Ben Stokes.

Leach endured a severe winter – like most of the English test team, to be honest – with Australia inflicting a special penalty on the slow left sleeve during The Ashes.

However, the 31-year-old followed his first draw with five wickets in England earlier in the third test against New Zealand in Heddingley with another one on the fourth day, while his fate continued to turn.

Leach talks about playing for Ben Stokes and Brendan McCallum and working with spin coach Jitan Patel

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Leach talks about playing for Ben Stokes and Brendan McCallum and working with spin coach Jitan Patel

Leach talks about playing for Ben Stokes and Brendan McCallum and working with spin coach Jitan Patel

Leach said Sky Sports Cricket: “[Under Stokes] it’s really attacking and I really enjoy bowling attacking.

“Stokesi’s confidence in his decisions, but also in us as players – I have never experienced anything like this.

“It’s very special to be a part of it, and it’s thanks to Stokes and Buzz (test coach Brendan McCallum) for creating it.”

Butcher: Leach proved me wrong

Sky Sports Cricket Mark Butcher looks at where Leach is improving; the influence Stokes has on his game; and why spin bowling coach Jitan Patel also deserves praise …

“I watched Leach work through over 90 overs in the West Indies on a flat old deck in Barbados earlier this year and wondered if he would ever have enough cunning and skill to survive a cricket test.

Mark Butcher says Leach has learned to reward a goal on the pitch without an extravagant turn

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Mark Butcher says Leach has learned to reward a goal on the pitch without an extravagant turn

Mark Butcher says Leach has learned to reward a goal on the pitch without an extravagant turn

“He proved me wrong, and probably many other people are wrong. He has detected drift, found immersion, found a sharp turn at times and has the ability to control the pass that happens with the hand.

“I know he is in the process of working. Jitan Patel said, “He’s coming, Jack is working on things, he knows he has to if he’s going to be successful in the cricket test game.” Well, he fell on the spot here in Heddingley.

“The job was to try to get a little more control, a little less high hand, a little more deviation to and far from the right, trying to get a little more scrolling when delivering supplies as opposed to sending flying saucers by trimming them.

“Jack has always been punctual and caught his neck when turning the pitch in places like Taunton. The question is whether he has the skills and cunning to be able to fool players on level ground in test cricket without turning the ball into a square. “

Butcher: Stokes gave Leach confidence

“All players are people and all people like to feel valued. He may have been treated like the last turkey in the store in the past, literally as a last resort.

“Once all the players have a few spells, they get a little dizzy and the ball stops swinging, then England can put everyone on the line, give the ball to Leach and see what happens.

I really enjoy working with Stokesy. I say “what about the middle of the back?” and he says, ‘no!’ It’s really attacking and I really enjoy being a bowling attacker. Stokes’ confidence in his decisions, but also in us as players – I have never experienced anything like this and it is very special to be a part of it.

English spinning Jack Leach

“Stokes said ‘no, you’re a major part of the way we’re going to win test matches, I need you in the game, I need you to be able to play up the field, what do you have for me?’

“Leach performed with a spade and Jitan deserves a lot of praise here.

“There may be times when he may have run out of patience, thinking that the project may not have developed fast enough, but he and Jack have stuck to it, worked hard, and Jack deserved everything he had.”

Sky Sports Cricket's Nasser Hussein believes reduced mileage has helped Leach improve test cricket

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Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussein believes reduced mileage has helped Leach improve test cricket

Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussein believes reduced mileage has helped Leach improve test cricket

Assistant butcher Sky Sports Cricket Expert Nasser Hussein added about Leach: “I’m really happy for him, because he went through the mill, he really did.

“He suffers from Crohn’s disease, had blisters from Covid, had a concussion at Lord’s, was under a little pressure on Trent Bridge. Moeen Ali is also in the background and would fit perfectly in this mode with the way she plays.

“Jack was under a little bit of pressure and to perform as he did is brilliant. The biggest trick for the Stokes as captain is to get 10 gates from your left hand spinning in Heddingley. That’s amazing.”

“Great Potts runs the show”

Englishman Matthew Potts says he enjoys the opportunity he was given with the test side.

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Englishman Matthew Potts says he enjoys the opportunity he was given with the test side.

The Englishman Matthew Potts says that he enjoys the opportunity given to him with the test side.

Meanwhile, Matthew Potts is enjoying a superb debut series.

The Durham fast will put an end to this as a leading player at the door of his team with 14 scalps, three of which were New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

The 23-year-old impressed with his endurance, skills, consistency and confidence.

Butcher added: “Potts was great. You saw him on his debut and thought he must be incredibly nervous – but now he’s running the show.

“He told Stokes where he wanted outfielders, he chose which side of the field he wanted to pack, knocking down the best players in New Zealand.

“It gives energy to the ball, even when it’s old. People say that these Dukes balls are hopeless, go out of shape and don’t do what you want them to do.

“But this young man makes spells with nine inscriptions, generates energy from the field, makes the ball burst through the top, hits the glove, cuts the ball from the seam in this way, all with great endurance and great skill.”

Watch the fifth day of the third and final insurance test LV = between England and New Zealand from Heddingley, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Monday. The coverage starts at 10.15 am, with the first ball at 11.00 am.

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