BT Sport presenter Matt Smith forced to take break from job as Tesco delivery driver to cover England in AshesDecember 16, 2021
TV’S Matt Smith swapped his microphone for shopping bags during the height of the pandemic last year.
The BT Sport presenter applied for a job as a Tesco delivery driver when there was no sport to host on telly.
Now he has been forced to ditch the van and get back to the day job of presenting England’s Ashes tilt in Australia.
But the 54-year-old revealed he is trying to keep plates spinning by taking on a couple of shifts in between Tests in cricket’s greatest rivalry.
He told the Times: “The honest answer is I did it for a few reasons
“With no sport on TV at that time, I was sitting at home with not much to do.
“But I also thought it would be good to get out there and help people during what was a difficult period, particularly those in isolation.
“I’ve found the experience quite grounding, really. It puts things into perspective.
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“You get to deliver to all sorts of people, which I like, and for some customers you really might be their only point of contact in a whole day.”
Smith fronted coverage of England’s nine-wicket defeat in the opening Test from BT’s London studio.
Doing so means he can keep his hand in at his local Tesco – although he had to explain to his boss he won’t be around as much.
He added: “At one stage I was doing about 20 hours a week for Tesco but I’ve had to cut it back to just a couple of shifts.
“I was out doing my deliveries on Monday night.
“I’ve explained to the manager at my local branch that I won’t be around for the next couple of weeks because of the cricket, but he’s fine with that.”
Smith is best known for his time at ITV where he covered four World Cups and their Champions League output.
He left in 2015 and has mostly worked for BT Sport since.
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