Yesterday, England was struck with bad news as Jack Leach has been ruled out of the 2023 Ashes due to the back stress fracture. Leach has been a vital member of England’s red-ball team in recent years and was expected to play a crucial role against arch-rivals Australia. With his accurate bowling and ability to take wickets at crucial moments, Leach had become a reliable figure in England’s squad.
Leach was sent for scans after the one-off Test against Ireland as he felt pain in his back and was immediately sent for scans. The results came back yesterday, and it was found that he had fractured his lower back.
Jack Leach Among 16-men Squad for Ashes
Jack Leach was one of the 16 players that were announced for the first two Ashes tests. Leach’s absence will undoubtly be felt by the English Team. Jack Leach is the only English spinner to have taken 10 wickets this County Season. Not only was he a consistent wicket-taker, but Leach also possessed the ability to tie down the opposition with his accurate line and length.
Who will Replace Jack Leach?
With 45 wickets in 13 Tests, Jack Leach had established himself as a key member of the English cricket team. His absence will force the team management to explore alternative options to fill the void left by his absence. Rehan Ahmed, Will Jacks, and Liam Livingstone are among the strongest candidates who could potentially replace Leach in the squad.
However, England’s cricket team has always shown resilience and adaptibility in the face of adversity. They have a history of overcoming setbacks and have enough bench strength to replace Jack Leach. Nevertheless, cricket is a game of uncertainties, and this setback could serve as an opportunity for a new hero to emerge and make a name for himself on the grandest stage of them all – The Ashes.