‘He’s got some serious b*******’: Ben Stokes hails his final-wicket partner Jack Leach as Specsavers answer call to give No 11 free glasses for life after fans joked about him cleaning his specs out in the middle
- Ben Stokes dramatically led England to victory in the third Ashes Test on Sunday
- England required 359 runs to keep the series alive but fell to 289 for nine
- Stokes started the day at the crease and led a superb fightback on his own
- The series is now finely poised at 1-1 going into the fourth Test at Old Trafford
Ben Stokes was delighted with his final-wicket partner Jack Leach as Specsavers confirmed the bespectacled No 11 would be given free glasses for life for his role in England’s incredible victory.
Stokes scored 135 not out to win the third Test by one wicket as Leach finished on one not out off 17 balls.
They shared an extraordinary 76-run stand together to ensure England leveled the Ashes and stopped Australia retaining the urn.
Ben Stokes was delighted with his final-wicket partner Jack Leach on Sunday evening
Now the series is level at one apiece and Stokes described his nerves as the runs required trickled down.
Stokes told BBC Test Match Special: ‘I couldn’t look when Jack Leach was batting. I was just waiting for the reaction of the crowd! It’s amazing.
‘The pressure Jack was under, he faced a crucial 15-odd balls. Leachy had to stay in there – he’s got some serious b*******.’
And as fans on social media lauded Leach for cleaning his glasses while the drama unfolded at the other end, Stokes joined in after the game.
He tweeted: ‘@Specsavers do your self a favour and give him free glasses for life.’
And the series sponsor replied: ‘We can confirm we will offer Jack Leach free glasses for life’.
Leach was spotted cleaning his glasses whilst the drama was unfolding at Headingley
Stokes roars in delight after hitting the winning runs with Jack Leach coming to embrace him
Leach’s actions did not go unnoticed on social media.
One person said: ‘Ben Stokes hitting sixes with Jack Leach polishing his glasses at the other end. It really doesn’t get any better.’
Someone else said: ‘Not forgetting Jack Leach with an epic 1 not out – bet those glasses are steamy now.’
Stokes told Sky Sports how he managed to pull off the victory: ‘Never give up, it’s not over till it’s over. When Leachey came in it was pretty clear what had to be done.
‘He’s made 92 as a nightwatchman so I backed him, knowing what he had to do. But I couldn’t watch the balls going down to him at the end.’
‘It’s right up there. We had to win this game to stay in the Ashes and we managed to do it.
‘We’ve managed to keep our hopes alive of doing the double. We’ve got a bit of break now and hopefully we can hit the ground running in Manchester.’
Stokes staged a superb last stand to win it for England, hitting eight sensational sixes