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Jack Leach becomes England’s highest Test wicket-taker in Sri Lanka

January 25, 2021

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Jack Leach is now England's leading wicket-taker in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. England's frontline spinners Leach and Dom Bess claimed five-wicket hauls each to lead the first Test against Sri Lanka. The hosts were bundled out for 126 in their second innings. Leach finished the innings with impressive figures of 4 for 59 in 14 overs.

Jack Leach has now scalped 28 wickets in all the six matches he played in Sri Lanka, at an average of 26.42. The spinner picked up Lahiru Thirimanne's wicket to achieve the new milestone. Ashley Giles held the record. The veteran scalped 25 wickets in six Test matches in Sri Lanka while averaging 33.92. 

The former England spinner had only one five-wicket haul to his name whereas Jack Leach has already registered two fifers in Sri Lanka. Previously, Leach picked five wickets in the Kandy Test, November 2018. 

Jack Leach has scalped 44 wickets in 12 Test matches 

The England cricket team has been struggling for a good Test spinner after Graeme Swann's and Monty Panesar's retirement. However, Jack Leach has done a remarkable job after making his debut for April 2018. In 12 Tests so far, the 29-year-old has grabbed 44 wickets at an average of 30.50. He has also picked up two five-wicket hauls, both of which have come in Sri Lanka.

England had put a decent score of 344 runs after Root's second ton of the series. Lasith Embuldeniya recorded his best figures for the hosts after picking up seven wickets. In Sri Lanka's second innings, the side was left tottering at 78/8. It was Embuldeniya and Suranga Lakmal who chipped in with a partnership of 38 for the ninth wicket.

For England's side, Jack Leach and Dom Bess scalped four wickets each in the morning session on day four. Joe Root also picked up the last two wickets on consecutive balls to finish the innings for the visitors. With this, the England cricket team registered a rare record in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. All the pacers picked all the wickets in the first innings whereas all the spinners scalped all the ten wickets in the second innings. 

England won the second Test match by six wickets. England have completed their second consecutive series whitewash and also become the first visiting side to win six successive Test matches in Sri Lanka.

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