Jack well on the road to recovery

Jack Laech Batting Training

Somerset’s left arm spinner Jack Leach is well down the road to recovery and expects to be fit for the start of the new season.

The 23 year old, who was born and grew up almost within sight of the ground, suffered a small fracture in his lower back while playing cricket in Australia during the winter and had to return home, but now he just cant wait to get going again.  “Things are all going well for me,” he said. I’m making good progress working through my rehab programme with the Club physio Jamie Thorpe and my body is feeling good and a lot stronger.

“Last week I started batting again and I’ve been doing some fielding drills, catching and throwing and I haven’t felt any pain. Now I am feeling very strong and cant wait to get bowling again which will be when we are out at Desert Springs in a couple of weeks.  When we return I’ll have another scan and then we should be good to go!  I’m on course for the new season, depending on selection and I feel I’ll be ready and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Leach JLW

Looking ahead to the 2016 season Jack said: “ I’m really buzzing now and aim to carry on from where I left off at the end of last season. 2015 was a bit frustrating for me, having to miss out early on after hitting my head, but I became even more focused on my cricket as a result of that.  When I came back I played in the 50 over games and then the Championship and it was all a very positive experience, so I want more of that.  I’ve been over in Perth which was great and I feel my game has stepped up another level and I’m really excited to go out and show that to people.

“I feel that for the last three years I have missed out playing a full season of cricket and I feel that 2016 has got the potential for me to put that right.  There is no overseas spinner so if I’m bowling well and if the wickets are spin friendly there is a real chance for me to play a lot more of the First Class games.  I have got aspirations to play at a higher level as well and this is an exciting time to be a young spinner in England.  As a player you take one game at a time and try to do your best, but your goal always has to be to play for your country.  I need to keep on bowling and keep learning and then we will see where I can go with my game. I am very excited but I need to take it one day at a time and get there slowly so that when the chance comes I will make the most of it.”

Jack Leach  JL

How are Somerset going to fare in 2016?  “I think that we have got a good blend of youth and experience in the side this season,” he said.  “Matt Maynard has been here a year now and everything feels more settled this time round.  The young guys who have grown up through the Club have matured and they now feel very much part of the team and hopefully we can build upon that. As a player you want to win every game and as a local boy I want Somerset to win the Specsavers County Championship, the Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast.  That’s the aim! There are now quite a few local lads in the team and they all feel the same and to be honest we all feel the same.

“I dream about winning the Championship for Somerset with people like Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory and the Overtons alongside me.  All of those guys who have grown up wanting that too.  We have a good team and the great thing about the start of the season is that we are all begining without any points and if you get on a good run then it can happen.”

He added: “There are some good teams out there and its going to be tough, but success for Somerset is something that we all want and we are all prepared to work hard together to make it happen.”