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By Jack Skelton

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    Evidence of credentials…

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    Video caption: ‘Exquisite’ Roy drives for four
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    Niall O’Brien

    Former Ireland wicketkeeper on BBC Test Match Special

    I think Jason Roy has the credentials. International cricket is about how you handle the stage, and Roy has shown he can handle it.

  3. Murtagh restores some sense of cricketing normality by getting Leach to play and miss at a few.

    But the nightwatchman survives. He’s doing a great job seeing off this new ball, which should benefit the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow later on.


    SMS Message: Has a nightwatchman ever carried their bat? from Will G, London

    Has a nightwatchman ever carried their bat?

  5. How’s stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Jack Leach has two first-class fifties and a best of 66. He averages 10.97.

  6. Jack Leach flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.

    He’s into the 40s now…

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    Ireland are bringing back Tim Murtagh to deal with the scourge of Jack Leach.

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    Jack Leach is helping England fans temporarily forget all the massive issues at opener.

    Rory Burns needed a big score today – he did this instead…

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    Video caption: Opener Burns out cheaply as England trail Ireland
  9. Jack Leach pushes into the covers for a sharp single to keep the strike.

    Well as the form batsman it’s only right to.

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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    Jack Leach is having a great time out there.


    SMS Message: Jack Leach for PM? from Adam, London

    Jack Leach for PM?

  12. Eng 53-1

    Jack Leach clips firmly off his hips for four more!

    That’s the 50 up for England.

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    The umpires have brought out the handcuff device to check whether the ball can fit through or not.

    At first it doesn’t but they give it a wiggle and it then does so Ireland have to keep on bowling with it.

    Jack Leach is smacking it so hard, he’s hitting the ball out of shape!

  14. How’s stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    There have been 23 runs off the last eight balls.

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    Alastair Cook

    Former England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    It’s amazing how what position you bat in determines how you play. Leach is opening so he plays like an opener. When he bats at number 11, he looks like a number 11!

  16. Eng 49-1

    Leach 33 off 44 balls

    He’s going to get those 60 all in fours at this rate!

    Jack Leach leathers a cover drive for four to make it back-to-back boundaries.


    SMS Message: How many does Jack Leach need to score to be genuinely considered to open next week? I’m going for 60. from Daniel, Lampeter

    How many does Jack Leach need to score to be genuinely considered to open next week? I’m going for 60.

  18. Eng 45-1

    Don’t pitch it up to Jack Leach! The nightwatchman punches another one straight back down the ground and the ball wins the race to the fence.

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    And why not, with shots like this…

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    Video caption: Leach cuts for four
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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Lord’s

    Jack Leach, England’s number 11, is now their highest-scoring batsman in this Test.