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Dom Bess, Jack Leach and Alastair Cook in Lions XI to play India A

Jul 6, 2018: Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan and Sam Curran bring the number of players with full international experience to six

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Somerset v Hampshire, Taunton, 4th day

James Vince's longest innings makes case for England selection

May 14, 2018: Jack Leach had the misfortune to break a thumb before start of play at Taunton, while James Vince's unbeaten double century raised a finger to his critics

Paul Edwards at Taunton

County Championship Division One, Taunton

Jack Leach ruled out of Pakistan Tests after breaking left thumb

May 14, 2018: Jack Leach's hopes of a home Test debut at Lord's next week are over, after he sustained a broken left thumb during Somerset's warm-ups at Taunton

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Lancashire v Somerset, Old Trafford, 4th day

Jack Leach saves Somerset after Matt Parkinson's spin challenge

May 7, 2018: Until a stand of 69 either side of tea the possibility of a hectic run-chase kept the crowd involved in a match where all outcomes, including a Somerset victory, were possible

Paul Edwards at Old Trafford

England news

What's in Ed Smith's inbox?

Apr 20, 2018: England's new national selector has the challenge of trying to solve long-standing issues with the Test side

Andrew McGlashan

England in New Zealand 2017-18

Moeen faces axe as Ashes form continues

Mar 27, 2018: England allrounder could be the fall guy for Auckland defeat, says Trevor Bayliss, with Livingstone and Leach potential debutants

Andrew McGlashan

New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Auckland, 5th day

Root wants 'rational thinking' but England need change

Mar 26, 2018: Joe Root may not be having as a bad a time as Steven Smith, but things aren't very rosy for the England captain

Andrew McGlashan in Auckland

England in New Zealand 2017-18

Crane ruled out, Leach called up for NZ Tests

Mar 16, 2018: Leach came close to an England call in India before it was found he needed remedial work on his bowling action but continued to be the leading spinner in the County Championship

Andrew McGlashan

West Indies A v England Lions, 3rd unofficial Test, Antigua

Flower 'disappointed' as Lions spin issues exposed in whitewash

Mar 2, 2018: West Indies A completed a 3-0 whitewash over England Lions in the unofficial Tests as Jomel Warrican capped an impressive personal series with a haul of 11 for 88

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England Lions news

Leach learns from Lyon in push for Test call-up

Feb 15, 2018: The Somerset left-arm spinner continued to make a strong case for international honours with eight wickets against West Indies A in Jamaica

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West Indies A v England Lions, 1st unofficial Test, Jamaica

Cornwall, Warrican share 16 wickets in tight WI A win

Feb 14, 2018: West Indies A survived a scare on the final morning to secure a nervy two-wicket over England Lions in the first unofficial Test in Jamaica

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England news

Strauss to consider £3 million 'spin fund'

Jan 10, 2018: New measures needed to identify and nurture spin-bowling talent, says John Emburey, after failure to compete in Ashes

Daniel Brettig

England Lions in Australia 2017-18

Remodelled Leach happy to accept mention in Ashes dispatches

Nov 13, 2017: England have a spin bowler in reserve who has faced up to the biggest challenge of his life and come through stronger than ever

David Hopps

Somerset v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Division One, Taunton, 4th day

Leach redemption secures Somerset survival

Sep 28, 2017: Jack Leach began the season with a remodelled action and doubts about his effectiveness. He finished it with 50 Championship wickets as he bowled Somerset to safety

George Dobell at Taunton

Somerset v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship Division One, Old Trafford, 1st day

High Noon for Somerset amid threat of pitch penalty

Sep 25, 2017: Ravi Patel's seven wickets on a turning pitch rocked Somerset but they claimed three wickets in return in this relegation decider

George Dobell at Taunton

Somerset v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Division One, Taunton, 3rd day

Leach, Bess leave Lancs broken on the wheel

Sep 14, 2017: Jack Leach and Dom Bess claimed seven of the eight Lancashire wickets to fall as Somerset closed in on a victory that would take them out of the bottom two

Paul Edwards at Taunton

Somerset v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Division One, Taunton, 2nd day

Leach follows up Abell's Hameed delight

Sep 13, 2017: A memorable Somerset day began with the dismissal of Haseeb Hameed and ended with five wickets for a spin bowler happy in his work again

Paul Edwards at Taunton

Warwickshire v Somerset, Specsavers Championship Division One, Edgbaston, 3rd day

Trescothick century leaves Warwickshire staring into the abyss

Sep 7, 2017: A century for Marcus Trescothick has probably sounded the death knell for Warwickshire's membership of Division One of the County Championship

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

Warwickshire v Somerset, Specsavers Championship Division One, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Barker fight highlights Warwickshire's plight

Sep 5, 2017: Keith Barker's half-century mitigated some of the damage but Warwickshire were again left facing an uphill battle to avoid defeat

Jon Culley at Edgbaston

England news

England set up Test opener shootout

Jun 13, 2017: England are using the Lions' four-day match against South Africa as a shoot-out for a Test openers spot with Mark Stoneman, Nick Gubbins, Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed all named

David Hopps
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