Jack Leach’s maiden half-century: The night watchman ended up scoring a maiden Test half-century after being sent to open the batting.
During the second day of the ongoing one-off Test of the Ireland tour of England at Lord’s, England spinner Jack Leach turned the tables by scoring a maiden Test half-century. What came as a source of amazement was the fact that Leach had been sent in to open the batting as a nightwatchman last evening.
After England bundled out Ireland for 207 in 58.2 overs on Day 1, the hosts were slated to bat a solitary over. In a bid to prevent debutant Jason Roy from facing the new ball, England sent Leach to face the lone over. The left-hand had successfully managed to face six balls from Ireland pacer Tim Murtagh, who had registered a maiden five-wicket haul yesterday.
While both Leach and Rory Burns survived the first 10 overs in the first session today, the latter was caught behind in the following over off Boyd Rankin. Having scored 6 (25) in the first innings, Burns played an extra ball for the same number of runs in the second.
Having got his eye in, Leach scored as many as four fours in the next two overs. With equal assistance from Roy, the English pair started to increase the run rate and eventually reach their individual half-centuries.
It was on the third delivery of the 23rd over when when Leach edged a Stuart Thompson delivery for a boundary through the third-man region to bring up his half-century.
Jack Leach’s maiden half-century:
What a moment for Jack Leach 👏
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 25, 2019
A maiden Test 50 for Jack Leach!!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 25, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
Jack Leach will walk out with Rory Burns on day 2 at Lord’s. How long will he survive today?
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 25, 2019
Jack Leach waving the flag for #tailendersoftheworlduniteandtakeover
— Felix White (@felixwhite) July 25, 2019
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) July 24, 2019
Best opening batsman averages since Andrew Strauss:
Leach – 51.00
Cook – 42.52
Root – 41.70
Hameed – 32.00
Compton – 31.12
Robson – 30.54
Carberry – 28.10
Stoneman – 27.68
Hales – 27.28
Jennings – 25.16
Duckett – 23.00
Burns – 22.28
Lyth – 20.38#ENGvIRE pic.twitter.com/dvKxfpJUiI
— bet365 (@bet365) July 25, 2019
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