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Left-arm spinner embraces pressure as he prepares for the “ultimate test”

Jack Leach is promising to “cherish” every moment of the Test series in India despite knowing it represents the “ultimate” challenge.

Leach returned to England’s Test team in Sri Lanka after an absence of 14-months during which he has admitted he both feared for his life and his career. As a result, he has a clear sense of perspective about the task in front of him and is determined to “enjoy” every moment.

“Having missed so much cricket you have to remember to cherish and enjoy these moments,” Leach said. “It’s my first time in India and to come here and bowl spin is the dream I had. So I just see it as a fantastic opportunity and one I want to enjoy.

“It feels really good to be back playing cricket. That is what I get paid to do, so to be playing again is a really nice feeling.

“There is pressure all the time when you play for England. In India, there is maybe a bit more pressure with what wickets could be like. India are obviously a great side and they’ve got all bases covered so I wouldn’t want to make too many assumptions. I just know if I can get myself in the right headspace and bowling how I know I can, then I can be effective.

“Is it the ultimate test? Yes, I think so. It doesn’t get much more exciting. I think they’re a quality side coming off the back of a great win in Australia. But I feel like it’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against probably the best side in the world. It’s just a great opportunity, isn’t it?

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