Feb 2, 2021, 06:46 IST

India vs England: Jack Leach Feels Bowling Quicker In Air Might Not Work this time against the mighty host!!

India vs England: Jack Leach Feels Bowling Quicker In Air Might Not Work this time against the mighty host!!

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach feels bowling quicker in the air tactic might not work this time against the mighty  host but anyways I would like to stick to my strengths says Leach.

India vs England: Jack Leach Feels Bowling Quicker In Air Might Not Work In India

Panesar and Graeme Swann bowled quicker than their Indian counterparts in 2012, crediting a famous away Test series win for England.

“Monty and Swann are two bowlers I love to watch. I watch a lot of spin videos to try and take things from the spinners. Monty bowled at a quicker pace in India and that could be very tricky on a spinning wicket,” said Leach in an online media interaction after the team completed its six-day quarantine here ahead of the first Test beginning on Friday.

“It is about sticking to my strengths and knowing what my optimum pace and then going up and down a little bit from there. Everyone has an optimum pace. It’s important to stick to that as much as possible,” said Leach who took 10 wickets in the recent series in Sri Lanka.

Bowling in India is a “ultimate” challenge.

“They are obviously a quality side and have come back off a great win in Australia, but I think it is just a great opportunity for all of us to test ourselves against probably the best side in the world and to do here in India, my first time in India.

“This is what the dream you have, to come to places like these. Obviously, it is a fantastic opportunity, and I want to enjoy,” said the 29-year-old from Somerset.

He may not bowl as quick as Panesar did but a fellow left-arm spinner doing well in India does inspire a lot of confidence.

“I definitely think I can make an impact in this series, obviously we have got three days training and I am not sure what the wicket is going to be like or anything, so not looking too far ahead…

“…but definitely want to make an impact and they have got quite a lot of right-handers, so I see that as a good thing for me,” said Leach, who has played 12 Tests.

Will he fancy bowling the leg-stump line from over the wicket, something Ashley Giles did in the 2001 series in India?

“That is something we have talked about in Sri Lanka, definitely I guess change in our angles. Bowling over the wicket, for him, for his action, I prefer to bowl round the wicket.

“I feel I have got more dismissals in play and I guess change something just because someone else did it, I think it is sticking to your strengths, and doing that, so it might be something we can use at some point for sure.”

Leach further said “I think it has been a long time not playing and in that time I did a lot of work, to try and become the bowler I guess I want to be. I feel that it is all in there and just need to bring out now and Sri Lanka was a good start and I felt like I am going in right direction,” Leach said.

Reacting to news that 50 percent spectators will be allowed for the second Test, he added, “Yes, potentially, definitely we want to play in front of the crowds, that is for sure “but yes obviously it needs to be safe and we don’t want to obviously be adding, you know the problem which is affecting the whole world, so if it is safe and good then great but we will obviously love to play in front of crowds, as soon as possible.”