Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Village cricketer' Leach can't believe he's an Ashes hero

'Village cricketer' Leach can't believe he's an Ashes hero

Another official sponsor, Hardy's Wines also praised Leach with the winemaker awarding him a bottle normally reserved for those players who hit milestones such as centuries and five wicket hauls in an Ashes innings, despite his single run.

Now, with two Tests remaining and with England and Australia both on one win apiece, the Ashes have been blown wide open again.

After Ben stokes' heroics on Sunday clinching victory from the jaws of defeat with a miraculous batting display - England have now levelled the series 1-1 heading into the 4th and penultimate test.

England´s Ben Stokes (R) and England´s Jack Leach react after England won the third Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Headingley in Leeds, northern England, on August 25, 2019.

However, defying all odds, Leach hung in alongside Stokes, despite facing deliveries of 90mph from Australian fast-bowler Pat Cummins, and the pair produced a 76-run partnership (Leach only scored one of those runs) to carry England to a remarkable and famous victory over their old rivals.

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"I had to make sure my glasses were clean", he said.

Who said the life of a cricketer wasn't glamorous?

'Maybe people think, "that could be me", because all the others look pretty professional.

Despite the outrageously good match winning effort from Ben Stokes' at Headingley, the umpiring remains in the spotlight, not just because of Wilson's not out decision, but also amid accusations the DRS system - which showed he should have been out - was flawed. Unbelievable, it's one I'll never forget. Stokes further added, "When it got down to 20 [runs required], I started thinking I could rein it in a little bit, but when it was 70s, 60s, 50s I thought I had to really try and go".

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