Leach ready if the call comes

14 November 2017 13:17:08 EST

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach believes he is in a better position now to make the most of a possible future England Test call-up.

The 26-year-old, who is currently in Australia with the England Lions squad, has been forced to re-model his action in the last 12 months, with his efforts rewarded with a return of 51 wickets in County Championship Division One last summer.

I feel like I'm a stronger bowler with a better action now.

Jack Leach

And he is happy with the state of his game at the moment, with Leach the most likely back-up for the Ashes squad should either Moeen Ali or Mason Crane pick up an injury.

He told BBC Sport: "I'm just glad I've managed to put in the hard work to get it right. I feel like I'm a stronger bowler with a better action now."

Of a possible role in the Ashes clashes Down Under this winter, he added: "I try not to think about it too much. All I'm thinking about is going away with the Lions and impressing.

"We're all going to be close to what's going on - we're out in Brisbane when England are and we're going to be bowling at them for a couple of days.

"I feel in a lot better place now if the call came compared to this time last year."

Leach has played in 51 first-class matches to date, taking 167 wickets at an average of 26.47, with nine of those wickets coming in a crucial win over Middlesex which ensured the top-flight status of Somerset at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, England are 11/4 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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