Jack Leach blunder costs England in Ashes Test
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Jack Leach is one of the last sportsmen on earth we'd expect to overstep the mark.

Stick his name in Google and there is more chance of seeing Steve Smith get out than of finding something controversial about the life and times of the England and Somerset spinner.

Unless we count the fact Leach once had a job stacking supermarket trollies before becoming a professional cricketer as being controversial?

He did do some DJ-ing at Jos Buttler's wedding once and is rumoured to have a teenage girlfriend, but this hardly makes him Alex Higgins.

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But here at Old Trafford Leach broke with tradition and did something so unforgivable that his status as a hero vanished quicker than England's hopes of regaining the Ashes.

After Ben Stokes, Leach was the unassuming hero of England's stunning win in the last Test in Leeds when he held his end up batting at No.1, allowing Stokes to plunder the runs needed to keep the series alive.

But his moment in the sun has lasted less than a fortnight. Welcome to the fickle world of top level sport, Jack.

With England toiling in the field, Leach appeared to have achieved the impossible when he had run-machine Smith caught at first slip. Smith had made just 118 at the time. This sounds a lot, but this is the modern day Don Bradman we are talking about.

He ended up making 211. Smith trudged off and Leach celebrated the most prized wicket in cricket, but replays showed Leach had bowled a no ball and Smith returned to the crease to continue inflicting serious pain on Joe Root's bereft side.

Leach is an orthodox spin bowler. He takes nine steps to reach the crease. He has bowled almost 16,000 first class deliveries and the no ball to Smith was just his 14th.

What are the chances? As it happens, the odds on Smith falling to a Leach no ball were 1,100-1.

Leach bats with his glasses on but bowls without them. He might need to re-think his approach if his vision continues to fail him like this.

So Leach did achieve the impossible in the end. He got people agreeing with Geoff Boycott after the former England batsman branded him a 'muppet' on live radio.

The description was quite fitting to be honest, because this was a performance from England that resembled the 'Muppet Show'.

Forget 'Gonzo', Leach was more like a 'bozo', but he wasn't alone in helping the Aussies tighten their grip on the famous urn.

No-one emerged with credit and the bin liner hanging from the press box window felt like a metaphor for England's performance. With sizeable help from Leach, England served up some absolute rubbish. 

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