England's team bus was held up by Just Stop Oil protesters when it was headed to Lord's ahead of the first day of their one-off test against Ireland on Thursday, England batter Jonny Bairstow said.
Bairstow posted a photo on social media from inside the bus showing protesters and police officers in the middle of the road.
"If we're a bit late it's not our fault," Bairstow wrote on Instagram.
Well into the morning session at Lord's and Paul Stirling has joined James McCollum out in the middle.
Let's keep fighting 👊
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— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) June 1, 2023
Just Stop Oil protesters have held up sports events in the last few months, halting the world snooker championship and the English Premiership rugby final.
One protester climbed onto a table and scattered a bag of orange powder paint at the snooker tournament while protesters invaded the pitch 15 minutes into the rugby match at Twickenham between Saracens and Sale.
The test at Lord's got underway at 11am, with Ireland at 41-3. -Reuters