Ashes 2019: Former England spinner Graeme Swann says Jack Leach should have been in England set-up long ago

Graeme Swann says that Jack Leach can take wickets for England in the second Test against Australia once the pitch starts deteriorating

Reuters, Aug 13, 2019 20:02:49 IST

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach should have been in England’s set-up years ago and he can help pick up wickets in the second innings of the Ashes test against Australia when the pitch starts to deteriorate, former spinner Graeme Swann has said.

With spinners, Moeen Ali dropped due to poor form and Adil Rashid ruled out with injury, Leach, who has taken 20 wickets in five tests, was named in England’s 12 alongside fast bowler Jofra Archer ahead of Wednesday’s second Test at Lord’s. "Jack Leach should have been playing or at least involved in the England team years ago," said Swann.

Ashes 2019: Former England spinner Graeme Swann says Jack Leach should have been in England set-up long ago

Jack Leach during an England practice session. Reuters

"There was a time when he wasn’t picked for England to go on tour because there was a rumour that he only took wickets when it turned, which still absolutely amazes me."

"I think he’s got to do his holding role well, that’s the most important thing. Do your holding role in the first innings and then in the second innings, the wicket should deteriorate, it starts to spin and you can go out and win the game."

Ali was dropped after a poor performance in the opening test in Edgbaston where he picked up only three wickets in two innings (1-42 and 2-130) and did not score more than four runs.

"England had to drop Moeen Ali because... he had become unselectable," Swann added. "But there is plenty of scope for him to come back. He has to go away and rediscover some confidence in himself."

"It's a real shame that Mo has missed out actually because ideally, you’d have a spinner at each end, one left and one right, but you can’t pick Mo as a batsman at the moment so that is how it’s worked out."

Australia lead the Ashes 1-0 after their 251-run win at Edgbaston.

Updated Date: Aug 13, 2019 20:02:49 IST

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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254