Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Bespectacled England hero Jack Leach offered free glasses for life by Specsavers

The tailender was seen wiping his eyewear during the final throes of battle against Australia as he and Ben Stokes clinched victory in the thrilling third Ashes Test

Ben Stokes will rightly be remembered as the man who won England the third Ashes Test at Headingley having produced one of, if not the greatest innings of all time.

But in those tense final moments, it required another tower of strength at the opposite end, in this case the bespectacled No 11 Jack Leach.

The left-arm spinner had already shown he could bat in this preceding series before the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, scoring 92 as nightwatchman in the one-off Test against Ireland. On Sunday, it was a very different situation as he was simply required to survive.

One of the defining images of the drama which played out during the final hour of play in Leeds was Leach taking off his gloves and helmet to give his glasses a good clean.

And the opportunity to jump on the marketing bandwagon wasn't missed by the British optical company Specsavers, which is sponsoring the series.

The company set the ball rolling on social media with a tweet requesting information on Leach's agent, joking that it was "asking for a friend".

Century-hero Stokes then joined in, saying that Leach deserved free glasses for life after the vital role he played, despite scoring just one run in a last-wicket partnership of 76. England bowler Stuart Broad got involved, saying free cleaning cloths should be offered too.

Specsavers responded by confirming that Leach will now be sorted for glasses for the rest of his life.

England fans were full of praise for their new cult hero, with some suggesting it was a very British act to be cleaning one's glasses in such a high-pressure situation.

Updated: August 26, 2019 01:03 PM

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