Ashes 2023 began with the blockbuster 1st test match last week at the Edgbaston ground. The Australians won the test by 2 wickets as the current Ashes holders took a 1-0 lead in the 5 match in series. The 2nd test match at Lords was the perfect place for England to make a comeback and give a perfect response to the Australian side. The conditions during the test match were expected to help the bowlers, specially the English seamers who would have loved the overhead overcast conditions.
The story as it happened –
Ben Stokes the English captain won the toss and chose to field first. The English had already name Josh Tongue as the replacement who came in for Mooen Ali. For Australia, there was one change as well. Mitchell Starc, came in for Scott Boland as the left arm seamer missed the 1st test last week.
Jonny Bairstow’s alertness stops a pitch invader –
England has been seeing protests take place for a while now and Lords cricket ground saw some never seen before scenes. Just as England and Australia were ready for a battle, one Protestor jumped the fence and ran on to the field.
The protestor in question threw something on the ground as green flares become to erupt. Jonny Bairstow though was quick to respond just as a the stewards ran onto the field. The Englishman happened to pick the protestor up and carried him off the field to the applause of the crowd.
The same protest group had threatened to disrupt the ICC World Test Championship final. The group in question had wanted to make a statement during the iconic clash between India and Australia at Oval just a few weeks ago. The ICC and ECB had upped the security only for the threats to fall flat. The incident on Wednesday though was something that wont be taken lightly as Lords is after all the home of cricket. Ashes is at the end of the one of the biggest sporting spectacles of the world.
An earlier protest warning thwarted –