Jack Leach: ‘To see how my one not out affected so many was a special thing’ | Vic Marks

The England spinner’s innings during a remarkable Ashes win at Headingley turned him into a cult hero, known even to those who do not usually follow cricket

Jack Leach has learned to take nothing for granted. He is England’s senior spinner while Moeen Ali takes an open-ended sabbatical. Yet even this status is not entirely reassuring.

In Hamilton this month he was omitted from the Test team when England opted for an all?pace attack, augmented by two part-time spinners, against New Zealand; then he was laid low with a serious bout of gastroenteritis that led to him spending two nights in hospital. He is just about back to full strength as he sets off for South Africa on Friday.

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