Jack looking forward to joining up with the Lions

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Jack Leach will be joining up with the England Lions next week.

The touring party will be heading to Sri Lanka and Jack is included in the 15-man squad for two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A.

The 25 year old impressed on his last outing for the Lions and is looking forward to getting back on the field with the Three Lions on his chest.  “The Lions matches against the UAE and Afghanistan were a great experience for me,” he said.  “They have made me even more hungry to get out there and do it again.  I can’t wait to get on the ‘plane and get the tour underway.  At this time of year it’s so important to be able to get out on the grass and to be able to bowl in different conditions can only be of benefit to me as a bowler.”

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Jack is keen to get back on the pitch rather than talking about technicalities after making the news in December when routine tests at Loughborough’s Performance Centre highlighted that his action needed some remedial work.

Following a minor alteration to his action he has now passed a subsequent test and is raring to go as he explained:  “I found out about it in October and it was just another technical thing that makes the action stronger.  Hopefully this is going to make me a better bowler.  To be honest I was a long way through that process by December when the story came out and I’ve finished that process now.

“Essentially it was just a question of body position and taking my arm on a smoother path.  It’s more efficient now so it’s a good process for me to have gone through with my bowling.  It feels great now and I’ve done a lot of work to make it a natural thing so I don’t have to be thinking about it.”

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“From the bowling I’ve done since it’s happened I’m still spinning the ball and hitting good areas so that’s obviously what I want to be doing.  I think it’s a little bit unusual in that it wasn’t something that was helping me.  It wasn’t as if I was bowling doosras and that kind of thing.  It was just about the difference of the angle between shoulder height and when you release it.

“It has never been an issue in games and I’ve never been called by an umpire so it was a totally new thing for me. I think the improvements I’ve made in a very short time show that it was a small thing.”