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sport news Will Jacks on leading England's reset, failing to get a central contract… and ... trends now

sport news Will Jacks on leading England's reset, failing to get a central contract… and ... trends now

Will Jacks speaks in a manner befitting the new breed of no fear batsmen charged with leading England out of their post-World Cup funk and into another explosive white-ball era.

‘I’ve never had a problem playing with freedom so the way the game has gone in the last few years is brilliant,’ says a man challenging to open the batting in England’s 50-over and T20 reset in the Caribbean starting this weekend.

‘You can’t think about getting caught on the boundary because if you did you’d start taking the safe option and this attitude is about winning games.

‘It’s the way you have to approach the game if you want to play for England and it suits me. If the game’s there to win and you have to take risks you just have to do it because, if you get out, who cares? It’s the risk and reward of the game these days.’

It is a mind-set demonstrated when Jacks was caught on the boundary on 94 in one of his early one-day international appearances against Ireland at Trent Bridge last summer — he insists he has no regrets about missing out on a first England hundred —and one that has been integral to his attitude throughout his rise as a very modern batter.

All-rounder Will Jacks (above) is hoping to cement his England place in the Caribbean

All-rounder Will Jacks (above) is hoping to cement his England place in the Caribbean

Jacks showed his off-spin prowess by taking six wickets on Test debut against Pakistan

Jacks showed his off-spin prowess by taking six wickets on Test debut against Pakistan

Jacks announced himself with an extraordinary hundred off just 25 balls for Surrey against Lancashire in a T10 pre-season friendly in Dubai in 2019 and made the first century in the Hundred, off just 48 balls, for Oval Invincibles last year.

His incredible hitting brought him debuts in all three formats for England last winter, and he showed his off-spin prowess by taking six wickets on Test debut against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

But his progress was checked by a hip injury earlier this year that was diagnosed as being a direct consequence of the amount of flying he does in pursuing his multi-format career and, having just turned 25, he journeys to the Caribbean needing a restart just as much as England. 

‘I’m really excited,’ Jacks tells Mail Sport during a rare spell at home in London. ‘I’ve been around a bit and been involved in a lot of squads without breaking through and been a mainstay of the teams but I’m experienced enough now and hopefully ready to take that next step. Is this a new era? Maybe yes, maybe no, but there will be new people there for the start of a

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