England’s leading spinner Jack Leach has said he is ready for a new role as the day / night Pink Ball Test against India seems ready to bring tailors back to the forefront after the Twickers dominated the first two games.
The third test in a series of four matches, which is tied at 1-1, will be played at the renovated Motera Stadium here on Wednesday.
Leach is aware that with the pink ball, which tends to move much more than the traditional red cherry, its role may change over the next few days.
“We want to be adaptable, we feel we have all the bases covered by our team, so I think it’s going to be a captivating test match if the ball is moving around, and if so, it could be a slightly different role. “Leach wrote in Sky Sports.
“I’ve definitely thought about it – it’s going to be a different challenge and I’ll be ready.”
Both sides are cautious about how the pink ball will behave under the lights of a newly installed ribbon. Twilight quilting is one of the talking points that come into play with the opening of India Rohit Sharma saying he would be extremely cautious during this period.
Regarding England’s training, Leach said: “We had a good light session that started in that twilight and although I don’t have much experience playing in these day and night matches, I heard that it can be a difficult time for a bat at dusk.
“The pink ball has definitely swirled a little more than the red one here and at least at the moment the pitch looks like there is a bit of grass.
“… you can cut all this grass and it will look completely different. it’s a real wicket, then it will spin less, but if it’s like the last test, it won’t matter what color the ball is, it will turn around! “
Leach, spinning his left hand, chattered around the pitch used for the second test in Chennai, saying the team offered no excuse for its huge 317 draw defeat in that match.
“I know a lot of people talked about the pitch in the last game, but for us as players it’s very important to try to present good results on whatever pitch we play; there are definitely no excuses inside the Camp.
“We want to be adaptable on all surfaces, and I think we’ve shown that.”