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According to some reports in the English media, Smith was also seen shadow batting Leach in the “middle of a team huddle” during the shenanigans. @ Twitter

Pictures of Steve Smith, Australia’s Ashes 2019 hero in the fourth Test at Manchester, wearing spectacles has created a huge storm on social media. If having to deal with chants of “cheat” were not enough, England fans raged on Twitter and accused Smith of mocking the glasses-wearing Jack Leach, who helped England win a dramatic third Test at Headingley.

According to some reports in the English media, the 30-year-old former Australia captain, returning to the Test arena after serving 12-month suspension, was also seen shadow batting left-handed in the “middle of a team huddle” during the shenanigans.

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However, according to Getty photographer Ryan Pierse, who got an up-close look at the celebrations, Smith was actually trying to mimic former Aussie opener Chris ‘Buck’ Rogers, who also wears spectacles. Rogers, like Leach, likes to wear glasses when he bats, hence the confusion. Add to that, Bucky is also colourblind.

Earlier, in the third Test, Leach helped team-mate Ben Stokes manufacture a remarkable win with a 73-run unbroken partnership — of which he made a solitary run. However, in the next Test, Leach made a meal of a delivery after Smith was picked in the slips by Stokes. However, the only problem was that the spinner overstepped the mark and was called for a no-ball. Smith was summoned back and scored another 93 to set up the victory.

The Australian now has scored an astonishing 671 runs at an average innings of 134.2, including three hundreds, despite missing England’s one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley with concussion.

Elaborating on wearing glasses, Leach said: “I know I look stupid when I’m out there,” Leach told Sky Sports after the Third Test. “I had to make sure my glasses were clean, because I wouldn’t want to be facing up with the drips of sweat coming down.”

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Australia have retained the Ashes after victory at Manchester with one Test left to go at The Oval which begins on September 12.