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28th Jun 2023

Jonny Bairstow carries off Just Stop Oil protester following Ashes pitch invasion

Jack Peat

The Yorkshireman was having none of it

Jonny Bairstow physically carried off a Just Stop Oil protester after a pitch invasion on the first day of the Ashes test at Lords.

The Yorkshireman took a no-nonsense approach to dispersing the campaigners and was warmly applauded back onto the pitch after a quick change of kit.

Protesters from the Just Stop Oil group tried to disrupt the game in the second over as Stuart Broad bowled to Usman Khawaja.

They were armed with the usual orange chalk but struggled to make an impact after the wicket keeper’s intervention.

The Yorkshireman then made his way to the changing rooms to change his whites which now had orange chalk on them, before making his way back onto the field of play.


Captain Ben Stokes also made his own attempt to apprehend one of the activists.


The groundsmen used a leaf blower to get the orange chalk off the surface, and after a brief delay the match was back underway.

And in true Aussie style, Ricky Ponting couldn’t help but joke on commentary that it was good to see Bairstow hold onto something, after the wicketkeeper dropped a couple of chances in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Well done Ricky.

The Metropolitan police later confirmed that three people were arrested following the incident.

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