Ashes 2019: Steve Smith dons spectacles again, Jack Leach loves them this time

first_imgAshes 2019 offered cricket fans a lot to cherish over the last month-and-a-half. The on-field action was intense and extremely competitive but it was heartwarming to see England and Australia players share a drink after the conclusion of the 5th and final Test on Sunday.In photos going viral on social media, players from both the camps were seen enjoying downtime at the Oval dressing room on Sunday evening. The likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leach were spotted spending quality time after the Oval Test.In a heartwarming photo shared by England and Wales Cricket Board, Steve Smith can be seen wearing a pair of glasses and posing with Jack Leach at the Oval dressing room after the 5th and final Test of Ashes 2019.”An all-time great – and Steve Smith. Congratulations on an incredible #Ashes series @stevesmith49. Leachy loves the glasses,” ECB’s cheeky photo caption read.An all-time great – and Steve SmithCongratulations on an incredible #Ashes series @stevesmith49. Leachy loves the glasses Cricket (@englandcricket) September 16, 2019Notably, Steve Smith was slammed and called classless by a section of England fans after he allegedly mocked Jack Leach by mimicking his looks and shadow batting left-handed at the end of the Manchester Test earlier this month.After their 185-run over England in the 4th Ashes Test, the Australian team returned to the pitch with beers where Smith reportedly donned a pair of glasses and also shadow batted left-handed in the “middle of a team huddle”.advertisementJack Leach mimicked his 1* when England won a classic.Steve Smith, a cheat, celebrated by openly mocking a fellow professional.Some people are just classier than others. Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) September 8, 2019The incident came after Jack Leach’s heroics in the 3rd Test which England won after chasing a record-setting 359-run target. Leach rose to fame for scoring just 1 run in a match-winning 76-run stand for the final wicket with Headingley hero Ben Stokes in Leeds last month.Leach had partied after the sensation win by recreating the winning run during a team huddle after the pulsating 3rd Test. The bespectacled spinner kept cleaning his glasses during the match-winning stand and the routine became a huge hit on social media.However, a section of Australian media reported Steve Smith did not mock Jack Leach but only imitated his former Australia teammate Chris Rogers who also used to bat while wearing glasses.Despite conceding the Ashes Urn to Australia after losing the 4th Test, England leveled the series with the 135-run win over Australia in Oval on Sunday.Steve Smith walked away with the Man of the Series award after scoring 774 runs at a staggering average of 110 in Ashes 2019.Smith conceded that he is “physically and mentally cooked” after 4-and-half-months of high-quality cricket in England and that he is looking forward to some downtime.Also Read | Never write off champion players: Justin Langer backs David WarnerAlso Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso See:last_img

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