Jack Leach wrote himself into English cricketing folklore last summer with a single for the ages – a tuck into the leg side behind square to put Ben Stokes on strike during his colossal match-winning Ashes hundred at Headingley.
In an unbeaten partnership of 76, it was the sole run Leach offered from his 17-ball and hour-long rearguard stay at the crease, but it remains an innings that will be fondly remembered as a supporting act in one of the great cricketing comebacks.
And with the United Kingdom currently in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus and protect the National Health Service, England’s bespectacled left-arm spinner certainly seems happy to preach the message of being “boring” in the manner of his Headingley knock, urging the public to stay at home.
Being boring is boring guys! But if it gets the job done it’s definitely worth it! We are all batting at 11 so let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start playing shots. Defend your stumps. One ball at a time and let Stokes do his thing #StayAtHome https://t.co/TLudq6gVcc
— Jack Leach (@jackleach1991) March 24, 2020
There you have it – one of England’s cult heroes has spoken.