The Ashes: Australian Travis Head backs Jack Leach to fight back against Adelaide, a friend of the spin | Cricket news


Jack Leach was mistaken for 102 in 13 overs in the first Ashes Test

After playing his part in Jack Leach’s abrupt withdrawal in the first Ashes Test, Australian hitter Travis Head spoke about the England spinner’s chances of retaliating this week in Adelaide.

Australia were keen to take on The Gabba’s left arm, hammering him for 102 points on 13 overs in punishment.

Head was named player of the match for his 152 and helped inflict damage to Leach’s numbers taking him for four fours and a six.

England mulled over Leach’s position for the second day-night test – weighing the variety of the attack against the possibility of handing the pink ball to a full-blown attack, but the local Adelaide chief argues that there is always a lot of encouragement for the slow bowlers on their home court.

His word might be taken with a pinch of salt, but he insists the track record speaks for itself.

Travis Head was named Brisbane Player of the Match for his 152 in Australia's opening innings

Travis Head was named Brisbane Player of the Match for his 152 in Australia’s opening innings

“There’s a huge role (for the spin), we’ve seen it here for a long time,” he said.

“Lloyd Pope for South Australia spun the ball and I spun the ball every now and then which is rare!

“Whenever we’ve played Nathan Lyon here for NSW it has always been almost impossible to hit with the bounce and turn he can get from that wicket and the unevenness of the grass .

“He (Leach) is definitely going to have opportunities throughout this series… this wicket is going to be one, it’s probably going to be spotty and probably spinning.

“There was definitely a plan to put him under pressure (in Brisbane). It wasn’t about taking it down like we did, it worked that way. « 

Australia will make a forced change to their own bowling team, replacing injured Josh Hazlewood going to Jhye Richardson or Michael Neser.

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Richardson’s skills are believed to be more suited to the lighting conditions, but Head said the selectors couldn’t go wrong.

“Josh is obviously a huge asset to us, he’s playing so tight and aggressive, great areas. Jhye and Ness are doing the exact same thing, ”he said.

“They’ve been sitting there backstage for a little while now, waiting for their opportunity. I think both are very skilled. Both are good to go, whoever gets the green light.

“They’ve both been slammed on the door for a while now. One of them will have the opportunity and there is no doubt that they will seize it. « 


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