Left-arm spinner Jack Leach has enjoyed the challenge of leading England’s wicket-taking efforts in India but is prepared to take on a new role if the pink ball brings the seamers to the fore in the day-night Test in Ahmedabad.
“Going into the series, we understood how tough it would be playing India in India and they put in a very good performance in the second Test. We’ve had chats about it, what we’ve learned, and how we want to go about things moving forward. I think we’ve dealt with that defeat really positive so far.” Leach said. “We’ve had a couple of days in Ahmedabad now and have got a pink-ball game under lights to look forward to, in a new stadium as well, so it’s very exciting. I think 55,000 fans are going to be in the stadium so having experienced 15,000 in Chennai, I can’t wait to hear how loud it is with 55,000!”
“It was great to have fans back in Chennai after so long playing without a crowd. You get used to it a little bit but it is always weird when there is no one in the ground,” he added. “Experiencing the fans here is great; you come to India and you hear about how much they love their cricket and we really saw that in Chennai – there were only 15,000 in but they know how to make some noise! The Indian supporters really appreciate good cricket as well so even as an opposition player, you can really enjoy playing in front of them.”