Specsavers Offer England's Unlikely Hero Jack Leach Free Glasses For Life
Specsavers has offered England's unlikely batting hero Jack Leach free glasses for the rest of his life after seeing him cleaning his glasses between balls yesterday as England claimed a remarkable victory over Australia in the third Ashes test match at Headingley.
For those who aren't aware, Jack Leach shared an incredible last wicket partnership with Ben Stokes, who hit a career-defining 135 not out to rescue the test and keep The Ashes alive for the hosts.
That historic knock wouldn't have been possible without Jack Leach's obstinate efforts at the other end of the wicket. After all, you need two batsmen to produce a partnership.
If you're not a big cricket fan, Leach isn't in the team to bat. He's a specialist spin bowler. With a bit of help from Stokes, who protected him admirably, he managed to score exactly one not out in a stand of 76.
Obviously, the key part of that statement is not out.
Along the way, he did his best to frustrate the Aussie bowling attack. After each delivery, Leach would remove his gloves, walk about his crease for a while, take off his glasses, give them a clean, put them back on, put his gloves back on, you get the idea.
That sort of stuff helps to take the bite out of the game, relieve a bit of pressure, and - you'd have to imagine - give Leach himself an opportunity to calm his own nerves before facing another ball.
It didn't go unnoticed.
After all of the excitement had finished, Stokes tweeted opticians Specsavers to see if he couldn't help his partner out.
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Stokes said: "Jack [email protected] do yourself a favour and give him free glasses for life @jackleach1991"
Seems fair enough. It's worth the exposure, for sure.
Specsavers responded: "We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life."
After his performance yesterday - as well as a crazy 92 scored against Ireland the other week - Leach has been making significant headlines for his batting, despite being a bowler.
It's a PR no-brainer.
As for The Ashes themselves, the series is now delicately poised at one each with two test matches remaining.
The two teams will now move on to Old Trafford, with England again needing a draw or a win to keep an interest in the series alive.
Australia need to win one more test to retain the urn.
It remains to be seen whether or not Jack Leach will stride out to open the batting at Old Trafford. Wherever he bats, hopefully he's got his lucky glasses on.
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