Optometrist Amar Shah (pictured above) has said Jack’s tactic must have been him trying to stall the game
Ashes hero Jack Leach’s optician has revealed his famous glasses wipe could actually be a stalling tactic.
Optometrist Amar Shah made the specs which Leach famously wore during his epic innings with Ben Stokes and has now claimed that the cricketer had no need to wipe them as they are actually steam proof.
Leach, 28, was seen regularly cleaning the glasses, which he hadn’t even realised he needed on his first visit to Mr Shah.
Mr Shah, who runs a practice in Bristol, said Leach first came to him after he had worked with various sporting teams, including England Rugby and Arsenal.
Mr Shah, who was following the match while on holiday in Spain said that Leach’s process of cleaning his glasses was likely nothing more than a delaying tactic.
He said: ‘I think there was probably a bit of playing for time in him cleaning his glasses so often.
‘He said in an interview afterwards that Ben Stokes was out on his feet so he wanted to delay things to let him get his breath back.
Jack Leech (pictured above) taking off his glasses during the third test of England against Australia
‘His glasses wouldn’t have steamed up – we specifically used special lenses that don’t steam up – but I imagine he was doing it too to try to cool down.’
Mr Shah stated that he had previously spoken to Jack about what to do when batting and that he had come up with the idea of him wearing a headband to try and keep the sweat out of his eyes and glasses.
‘It would have been very hot out there, and with all the pressure, and if you’ve ever worn a cricket helmet, you’ll know just how uncomfortable and hot it is.’
‘Jack had never been tested before and didn’t know he needed glasses. His eyesight wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but he thought what he saw was normal.’
Mr Shah (pictured above) has worked with various sports stars including Will Tavare (pictured above)
Mr Shah (pictured above with his family) said he regularly sees Leech to continue with his treatment
Mr Shah said he has been seeing Leech regularly since then, continuously developing his treatment where he wears special contact lenses.
‘Without being too obvious about it, if he wasn’t wearing those glasses he’d probably be pooing his pants a lot more facing a 90mph bowler than otherwise.
‘He wouldn’t have been able to see it, really.
‘If you spoke to Jack, he’d say his glasses and his treatment here with us played a massive part, and I am so pleased for him, because he is such a lovely guy.’
Mr Shah (pictured above) was pleased when he watched the highlights back of the match
Like the rest of the transfixed nation, Mr Shah was glued as the drama unfolded.
He said: ‘I thought if I went and watched it on Sky I’d jinx it. I thought if I switched on to the BBC commentary to listen I’d jinx it.
‘So there I was sat on a box in the shade just looking at the text updates. It never mentioned Jack and his glasses.
‘When I watched the highlights back I saw that they kept showing him cleaning his glasses.
‘I thought to myself: ‘That’s my little cleaning wipe – I should have made the logo bigger so people could see it!’
‘Then I checked Twitter and saw everyone was talking about Jack and his glasses.
It was lovely to see.
‘I still play cricket and am an avid England cricket fan. I sent Jack a message last night to say well done.’
Many on Twitter – including Stokes himself – also suggested that Jack had earned free glasses for life from the match’s sponsors, who are, ironically enough, Specsavers.
Mr Shah was keen to point out that, while Specsavers might sponsor the Ashes series, it was his little practice and team of five that were the ones who made the difference and that, no, Jack Leach did not go to Specsavers.
‘But I’m just dead chuffed – it’s great to be part of something like this, to have played a part, to have helped such an amazing victory like that,’ he added.