Leach makes early return from South Africa tour

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

South Africa are short on destructive flair in their batting line-up, placing much reliance on wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to take the fight to the English bowlers.

With England playing without a full-time spinner in the first Test against South Africa, Denly stepped up to help fill the void, and continued to do so at Newlands alongside Dom Bess.

The four-match Test series between England and SOuth Africa is now levelled at 1-1 and the third contest will kick-off from January 16 in Port Elizabeth.

The four-match series is tied at 1-1.

Leach has won 10 Test caps since his worldwide debut two years ago, taking 34 wickets at an average of 29.02.

Since then, several leading players have left the stage and the Proteas have just three wins to set against eight defeats.

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Arguably the team's worst loss, though, was at St George's Park last February when they were beaten by Sri Lanka inside three days - after Du Plessis won the toss.

Ailing left-arm spinner Jack Leach is heading back home after being ruled out of the remainder of England's tour of South Africa as he has failed to regain full fitness, head coach Chris Silverwood said on Tuesday.

Cricket South Africa announced an unchanged larger squad - but only Paterson of those who did not play in the XI beaten by 189 runs in the second Test in Cape Town will travel to Port Elizabeth. He also suffered bouts of flu and gastroenteritis which swept the England camp last month.

England, which goes to Port Elizabeth with the series level at 1-1, is hoping that Leach will recover the physical fitness of the game in time to perform on his tour of Sri Lanka in March.

England captain Joe Root missed training on Sunday after coming down with a stomach bug as the visitors continue to struggle with illness and injury.

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