Johnny Bairstow removes Just Stop Oil protestor as activist group interrupts Ashes Test match

Not the kind of action we were expecting today…
Johnny Bairstow grabs Just Stop Oil protestor

Wednesday’s second Ashes Test was temporarily suspended after Just Stop Oil protestors interrupted play just minutes into play, leading Yorkshireman Johnny Bairstow to carry a protestor off the pitch with his own hands.

We don’t mess about, us lot.

England had barely got their second Test match against the Aussies underway when two members from the anti-fossil fuel activist group ran onto the pitch mid-game.

Throwing their customary bags of orange powder in the air and donning Just Stop Oil shirts, one protestor ended up being carried off the pitch by cricket Johnny Bairstow himself while another was quickly tackled to the ground.

Catch of the day.

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Wicket-keeper-batter and YCCC legend Bairstow, 33, had to leave the field to change his shirt after it was covered in the orange powder but play resumed shortly after.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that three people were arrested following the incident and taken into custody, one of whom was identified as Judit, a 69-year-old grandmother, who said: “I have to take action for my seven beautiful grandchildren.

“I can’t bear to imagine the suffering that they will have to endure because of this Government continuing to licence new oil, coal and gas, against all better judgment and expert advice.”

This isn’t the first time the climate group have demonstrated in this way, of course, having most recently caused disruption at the likes of the F1 British Grand Prix in March, not mention the World Snooker Championships this past April, so this latest stunt sure won’t be the last.

Featured Image — Just Stop Oil/Sky Sports

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