Left-arm spinner Jack Leach believes that England’s performance in the upcoming five-match Test series against India will decide where the home side is at the moment in terms of development.
“If the wicket is better it is just adapting your skill slightly. I enjoy bowling spin in England. The wickets generally are quite dry and there is definitely a role to play.
“Playing against India, who are such a strong side, in a five Test-match series, will tell us a lot about where we’re at.”
Leach is keen to do well so that he can cement his place in the side, which is set to clash with Australia in the Ashes series later this year.
“I guess I’m still trying to work my way into the team on a consistent basis. That’s my main thought: making sure my game is in a good place so I can be in the team and performing consistently,” he said.
Team’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes recently announced that he has taken an indefinite break to “prioritise his mental wellbeing”.
“My way of doing things is taking one little part at a time and I’m very focused on this India series. If I don’t play well, might not be where I’m going in the winter (Australia). It’s about taking care of what is in front of you.
“There’s been a little bit of chat (about families on tour) but through my experiences in the past, missing bits of cricket through illness or injury, I want to be doing everything I can to play for England, reach my potential and see what I can achieve at the highest level.