Jack Leach to get free glasses for life: Here's how
English spinner Jack Leach would be given free glasses for life by the official sponsor of 2019 Ashes, Specsavers. The announcement comes following England's thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in the third Test of the ongoing series. The bizarre request was accepted by Specsavers after last night's hero Ben Stokes jokingly mentioned about it on social media platform, Twitter. Here is more about it.
Heroics of Leach and Stokes steer England to crucial win
It all started on Day 4 of the third Test as England were staring at a defeat, chasing a target of 359. However, it was the final pair of Leach and Stokes, which ensured England somehow chase the total down to stay alive in the series. While Stokes was unbeaten on 135, Leach managed a 17-ball one, as both put up a 76-run stand.
Stokes urges for free glasses for Leach, Specsavers complies
Following the heroic win, Stokes asked Specsavers to provide free glasses for life to Leach. Stokes was jokingly referring to Leach's habit of cleaning his glasses before facing a pacer. "Jack Leach........@Specsavers do your self a favour and give him free glasses for life @jackleach1991," wrote Stokes on Twitter. However, Specsavers seemed to have complied to this request as they confirmed the same.
Specsavers to provide free glasses for life to Leach
Who is English cricket hero Leach?
Born in Somerset, Leach is an English cricketer. He is a left-arm orthodox spinner. He has so far played seven Tests, claiming 25 wickets at an average of 25.04, including a five-wicket haul. His best bowling performance reads 5/83, along with 8/153 in a match. However, he is yet to make his ODI debut for England.
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss, England skipper Joe Root invited Australia to bat first, who were bundled for 179, courtesy Jofra Archer's 6/45. Meanwhile, England were bowled for only 67, as Josh Hazlewood bamboozled with 5/30. The second innings saw Australia posting 246, while England were handed a target of 359. While England did struggle, it was Stokes, along with Leach, who saw England off.
England prepare for fourth Test as fight for Ashes continues
Following the thrilling win, England have managed to draw level 1-1 in the five-Test series. Meanwhile, the teams would lock horns in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 4. England would definitely look to win the tie as a win for Australia would dash all hopes to reclaim the urn.