Ashes: Jack Leach gets an optic jackpot for match-winning stand

Ashes sponsor Specsavers makes this lift-time commitment to Jack Leach

The No 11 England batsman Jack Leach spent more time on the crease cleaning his lenses than dealing with the Australian attack as Ben Stokes guided the hosts home for a historic Ashes win in the third Test at Headingly on Saturday.

Optician Specsavers has offered Jack Leach “free glasses for life” as he stunned all during the match-winning 76-run partnership for the 10th wicket.

The left-arm spinner, out to bat at No. 11, survived 17 deliveries and scored one run in a 10.2-over strand with Stokes, who smashed the Australians around the Leeds to script the 359-run chase and win the match, which has seen England collapsing for only 67 runs in the first innings.

Hours after England’s one-wicket win, tournament sponsor Specsavers announced that they will provide Leach with free glasses for life. The optical brand made the announcement on their official twitter handle @specsavers.

Architect of England’s victory, Stokes played the master stroke, urging the optician retail chain to give Leach free glasses for life. Speaking after the match, Stokes had even joked about Leach constantly cleaning his glasses while standing at the other end.

Prompt came the confirmation from the company. The wish is granted.

Chasing 359 to win, England faced an inevitable defeat after having lost their ninth wicket at 286. Leach defied his lack of batting talent and Australian bowling ball by ball and accompanied Stokes to accomplish the task.