Barmy Army fly plane over Ashes encounter with ambitious banner

The 2019 Ashes

If you were watching the Ashes and suddenly thought your television had developed a hideous buzzing-sounding malfunction, don’t worry – it was just the Barmy Army flying a plane over Edgbaston with a banner in tow.

A fairly sedate morning session was suddenly interrupted by the throaty warble of a low-flying aircraft. Like in all good horror movies, we heard it before we could see it.

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The camera was focused on James Pattinson, steely-eyed amid an aura of resolve and determination during his opening spell, but even he couldn’t ignore the infernal buzzing overhead.

The seamer looked up in bemusement to read “Arise Sir Ben Stokes – Barmy Army” on the banner.

Will it spur Queen Liz into action ahead of the next years’ honours list? We’re not so sure, but it was a nice touch anyway.


Follow all the action from day two of the first Ashes Test on our live scorecard HERE