The England cricket team, ahead of their Test match against Ireland at the Lord’s in London, ran into trouble and experienced delay as their team tried entering the stadium. The Three Lions are all set to lock horns against the Irish in a one-off Test before they get ready for the Ashes tour against Australia at home.
But before the match, as the team were driving to the stadium, their team bus was held up on its way by Just Stop Oil protests, which have been in the news over the last few weeks. England wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow expressed his discontent with the delay caused by the protest and posted an Instagram story stating, “ If we are a bit late, it's not our fault.”
Check out his post here:
Talking about the protest, the official handle of Just Stop Oil, shared a tweet stating their supporters were in areas like Kensington and Battersea and were protesting near the England Cricket Team bus. The tweet said, “BREAKING: Just Stop Oil supporters march In Kensington and Battersea. 🏏 And apparently that's the @englandcricket team bus. 💀 They might know a bit about a batting collapse, but the climate crisis is no one-day international – it's our biggest test.”
Check out the tweet here:
Going back to the Test match against Ireland, England will see the return of Jonny Bairstow, who makes a comeback after suffering a freak injury from a slip on the golf course in September 2022. Bairstow had suffered multiple fractures, a dislocated ankle and ligament damage and returned to first-class cricket in the 2023 County season with Yorkshire. The Three Lions will also see the debut of fast bowler Josh Tongue, who is also part of the Ashes tour.
England XI to face Ireland: Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts, Josh Tongue, Jack Leach