Leach plans to emulate Essex

08 November 2017 10:04:35 EST

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach says his team should take heart from Essex's first season back in the top-flight of the County Championship.

Leach, who led the Pears to the Division Two title in 2017, suggests Ryan ten Doeschate's team provided an example of how to attack a season amongst higher company.

Leach said: "I think we will probably approach it a little bit different to how we have in the past. We have always probably gone in with the mind-set of 'we want to stay up'.

"If you look at Essex's story - I don't want to draw too many comparisons with us - but it certainly is a story where it shows you can go up and you can compete.

"If we play anywhere like we have this year - which we are going to need to do, if not a little better at times - then we will win games of cricket. You don't win nine games of cricket by fluke. Nine games is a hell of a lot to win.

"Even if you translate that into Division One and a couple of those become losses, you are end up winning a lot of games of cricket.

"I think that is the most pleasing thing for me. We are a positive side, we do look to get results and win games - and if you win games, as you saw in that division last year, you are going to end up in a decent position because that's what Essex managed to do.

Essex went unbeaten and won ten of their 14 fixtures following promotion.

Meanwhile, England are 250/1 to win the Ashes with Joe Root 50/1 to be the top batsman in the series and David Warner 28/1.

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