The second Ashes Test between Australia and England was brought to an abrupt halt when Just Stop Oil protestors entered the field of play. (More Cricket News)
Just before England pacer Stuart Broad was about to start his over, the protestors entered the field and caused chaos. However, wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow was seen carrying off one of the protestors off the field.
Jonny Bairstow man handling the protestors. What an Ashes so far! pic.twitter.com/kR9TJPEMEP— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 28, 2023
Earlier, England chose to bowl first against Australia on a green strip under cloudy skies at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test on Wednesday.
“The overheads have played a massive part in this,” England captain Ben Stokes said. “The wicket looks like it’s got plenty of grass on it so hopefully we can exploit that this morning.”
Australia chose fast bowler Mitchell Starc ahead of Scott Boland in the only change to the side which won the first Test by two wickets at Edgbaston.
“We just wanted some variety,” Australia captain Pat Cummins said. “We’re really happy with how Scott has been going. Unfortunately, he is the one to miss out this week, but we’re excited to have someone of Starcy’s class come back in.”
The cloud cover at Lord’s was expected to tip the scales in favor of the accurate Boland again, but Starc’s pace and bounce was preferred.
(With inputs from AP)