Will Jacks Was Without Clothes and Training Kit prior to His ODI debut
Jacks received his ODI cap from Jason Roy (Twitter/Wjacks9)
Will Jacks has had a super hectic last few days. As per his own admission, the England international has spent only six days at home since the start of November 2022. However, to realise his dream of playing in all formats of the game for England, Jacks is ready for the challenge of a busy schedule.
A week ago, Jacks was with the Test squad in New Zealand but because he was not required in Wellington, Wills was to travel to Bangladesh for the ODI series. He arrived in Dhaka on Saturday evening but his luggage did not arrive in the country until Tuesday morning, which meant he had to borrow Phil Salt’s gloves and Dawid Malan’s bat in training.
"This has been my busiest winter by a long shot, I think I’ve had six days at home since the start of November," the 24-year-old was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. "That’s pretty ridiculous to me, to be honest. It’s just the way the schedule is at the moment and that’s something as players that we have to get on board with if you want to play all three formats, which is obviously what I want to do," he added.
He also looked back upon the three days when he had to borrow clothes and gear, and wore the same undergarment for two days.
"It’s been a complete whirlwind (in the last week) but I’m just grateful to be playing some cricket. I had three nights with no clothes and no bags, which made training quite hard. I wore the same underwear for two days. I had nothing else to do. I pretty much just sat on my bed in the same clothes for 48 hours, it was pretty boring and depressing."
Jacks, who was drafted into the ODI squad because of Tom Abell’s injury, made his debut on Wednesday against Bangladesh. With the bat he scored 26 runs while with the ball, he picked up a wicket for 18 runs in five overs.