England spinner Jack Leach has admitted to studying to his "very impressive" Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon ahead of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

Lyon has an impressive record at home, taking a total of 200 wickets at an average of 32.98, and Leach is looking to learn from Lyon's success on his first tour of Australia.

Speaking after the second day of England's warm-up game was ruined by rain, Leach told reporters: "For years I’ve watched Nathan Lyon and he’s very impressive.

"Just how strong his stock ball is and on wickets that don’t necessarily offer a lot spin-wise he’s found ways to extract extra bounce, dip and all the other things.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon (


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"They’re the kind of things that I’ve been trying to add in but still sticking to my strengths as well."

The return of all-rounder Ben Stokes to the England side mean Leach is much more likely to get selected for the first Test.

With Stokes not involved over the summer, Leach did not play a single Test for England as Moeen Ali was recalled to the side in an attempt to find greater balance.

However, Moeen has since retired from Test cricket and Stokes has returned from his break, meaning Leach is in line to get the nod over Dom Bess as England's frontline spinner.

"Stokesy being back is a great boost for all of us, in terms of the balance it really helps things out and is probably good news for the spin department," Leach said.

England spinner Jack Leach is in line to play in the first Ashes Test against Australia (


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"From the summer the feedback was that Stokesy not being in the side, having that all-round option in the top order, made it difficult for me to get into the side."

"Over the summer not playing I was thinking about this series so I feel like preparations have been ongoing and now it's about getting out there and doing it."

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