The India vs England series has started really poorly for the visitors who have been struggling to find their feet in this ongoing 1st Test. The England bowlers have been struggling to make any big breakthroughs in the game and have allowed almost every batter to get great starts and form partnerships in the middle. India have already got the lead and will be looking to increase it further on the 3rd day making things even tougher for the England team. Ben Stokes and his team might have to work hard to draw this match to come back in the series.
The English spin attack had a really big responsibility going into this game in these conditions which is assisting them as well. One of the spinners who was supposed to challenge the Indian batters was Jack Leach. The 32-year-old left arm spinner is one of their most experienced spinners with 125 wickets from just 35 matches and had a great series at the sub-continent last time these two sides faced off. However, Leach could only manage to take one wicket in the 1st innings despite being one of the most consistent bowlers in the team in terms of line and length.
Injury on day 2
There were still more problems created for the Poms on day 2 as well as Leach suffered a terrible knee injury during the day. He seemed to have been struggling with it as he went off the field and was not able to bowl longer spells as well. England spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel has also opened up on the issue saying “ He banged his knee last night, the first dive down at fine leg. Then he banged it again today and it's giving him a little gyp, to be honest”. The coach has also mentioned him looking sluggish on the field as well.
Despite the injury Leach was still seen coming into bowl and was also looking good in the overs, where he was still hitting the same lengths. He is still a key player in the England squad especially in these conditions, where he will get enough grip and turn on these slow and dry surfaces. The England struggles are still going on, but they will still be happy to see Leach still give his best during the game despite the heavy blow. It will be interesting to see if he will still continue to play in the series while trying recover from the blow in day 2 as well.