SOMERSET spinner Jack Leach said he is hoping a winter 'Down Under' will help him break into a regular first team spot at the County Ground next season.

The 21-year-old slow left armer recently jetted off to play grade cricket in Brisbane but spoke to County Gazette's Daniel Milligan before the flight.

He said: “I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing some cricket again.

“I'm going to work on my batting a lot out there and hopefully continue to take wickets and bowl well.

“Last year I came into the team midway through the season because of my university commitments so next season I want to hit the ground running straight away.”

Leach was born in Taunton and played his club cricket for Taunton Deane Cricket Club in the West of England Premier League last season.

He featured in a couple of County Championship matches and the touring match against South Africa, claiming the prized wicket of Hashim Amla.

Since the signing of Pakistan spin king Abdur Rehman, Leach has not featured too much but he said the experience of having 'Manny' on board was perfect.

He said: “Manny is such a nice guy and really keen to help you improve.

“He is world class spinner with plenty of experience so constantly talking to him and asking him questions was brilliant as I gained so many little pointers which will hopefully help me in the future.”