England squad stopped by protesters© Instagram
The England bus was held up by protesters as it was heading to Lorde’s for the opening day of the one-off test against Ireland, goalkeeper Johnny Bairstow posted on social media on Thursday. Protesters under the umbrella of “Just Stop Oil” demanded that the British government “suspend all licenses and permits for new oil, gas and coal projects.” Sharing this on his Instagram story, Barstow wrote, “If we’re a little late, it’s not our fault,” even as several Just Stop the Oil protesters and security personnel surround the bus in the middle of the road.
Just Stop Oil protesters posted a video on social media and wrote: “Just Stop Oil supporters march in Kensington and Battersea. And apparently it’s the @englandcricket team bus. it’s not a one-day international tournament – it’s our biggest challenge.”
A statement released by the organization on their website says: “At 8:00 am (UK time), about 50 Just Stop Oil supporters in five groups began marching along the roads around Hyde Park and Battersea Park. Around 8:37. A mini-march of four walking up Kensington Gore was seen delaying the England cricket team who were on the bus.
“Police arrived on the scene within minutes and placed a Public Order Act (Section 12) notice on the march, finishing by 8:43. All teams were out of the way by 10:00. Further marches are expected later this morning. marches six days a week from 24 April. However, the match was not postponed as the team bus arrived at Lord’s on time.
England won the toss and took the bowl, reducing Ireland to 32/3 in 12 overs. Pacer Stuart Broad was in charge of all three wickets.
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