England’s main spinner Jack Leach says he is ready for a new role as the day / night pink ball test against India seems to bring the seamers back to the fore after the tweakers’ dominance in the first two games. The third Test of the four-match series, which is tied at 1-1, will be played from Wednesday in the renewed Motera Stadium. Leach is aware that his role could change in the coming days with the pink ball, which tends to move a lot more than the traditional cherry red. “We want to be flexible, we feel like we have all the bases in our squad so I think it’s going to be a fascinating test match when the ball moves, and if it does, it could be a slightly different role for me,” Leach wrote in ‘Sky Sports’.
“I’ve definitely thought about that – it’s going to be a different challenge and I’ll be ready for it.”
Both sides are wary of how the pink ball would behave under lights on a newly laid strip. Hitting the twilight phase was one of the talking points in the game, with India opener Rohit Sharma saying he would be extra careful during that period.
Speaking of England’s preparations, Leach said: “ We had a good session under lighting that started in that twilight period and while I don’t have much experience playing in these day-night games, I’ve heard that at dusk can be difficult. time to hit.
“The pink ball has certainly swung a bit more than the red one here and at the moment it looks like there is some grass on the field.
“… they can cut all that grass and it will look very different. It’s a truer wicket, then it will spin less, but if it looks like the last test it doesn’t matter what color the ball is. , it will run! “
Leach, a left arm spinner, played the banter around the field used for the second Test in Chennai, saying the team is not apologizing for their massive 317-point defeat in that game.
“I know a lot of people talked about the field in the last game, but for us as players, it’s very important that we try to put in good performances on whatever field we play; there are absolutely no excuses from within. camp.
“We want to be flexible on all surfaces and I think we’ve shown that.”
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