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Matt Smith for BT Sport

Matt Smith for BT Sport

The presenter had to ‘cut back’ on his shifts (Picture: Andrew Vaughan/CameraSport via Getty Images)

A TV presenter who started working for Tesco during the pandemic has had to put the role on pause while covering the Ashes, explaining that he’s had to ‘cut back’ to balance his jobs.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, t. have been several celebrities who revealed that they took on positions as delivery drivers, including Poldark actor Richard Harrington, who began working as a Deliveroo driver.

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Game Of Thrones star Michael Condron also became an Asda delivery driver, while a number of celebrities from programmes including Love Island and Misfits worked on the NHS frontline.

BT Sport presenter Matt Smith, who previously worked for ITV Sport, decided to apply to become a delivery driver for Tesco, explaining that he did so ‘for a few reasons’.

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‘With no sport on TV at that time, I was sitting at home with not much to do,’ he told The Times.

‘But I also thought it would be good to get out t. and help people during what was a difficult period; particularly those in isolation.’

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Matt Smith BT Sport

Matt Smith BT Sport

Matt is covering the Ashes, which is taking place in Australia (Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The broadcaster said that he has found the job ‘quite grounding’, as it ‘puts things into perspective’.

‘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,’ emphasising just how important ‘those two minutes on a doorstep’ can be for members of the public.

Matt said that at one point, he ended up working 20 hours a week for the supermarket, but has ‘had to cut it back to just a couple of shifts’.

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‘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,’ he said.

The Second Test of the Ashes starts today, lasting from December 20 in Adelaide, Australia.

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The Third Test is due to take place from December 26 to December 30 in Melbourne, while the Fourth and Fifth Tests are scheduled for January.

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