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.
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.
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Caffeine, naps, the carrot-and-stick principle and the strength of the pack…
Rory Burns remains grounded despite cementing his spot at the top of England’s order.
Paine claims Stokes is using Warner to spike sales of his new book.
Buttler feels invigorated after time off and chance to develop his batting under Trescothick.
Jofra Archer turned up the heat after Jos Buttler’s century but England settled for an underwhelming draw.
Ashley Giles has backed Joe Root to lead England’s next Ashes mission, saying regaining the urn in Australia represents “the Holy Grail”.
Mayank Agarwal scored his second double century as India dominated the second day of their Test against Bangladesh in Indore.
Stokes, Buttler and Archer will be captained by Steve Smith for Rajasthan.
Ben Stokes has no desire to be England captain, saying: “It’s just not one of those things I’m desperate to do.”
An England cricket fan talking about the Nineties, won’t be talking about a decade, but a phenomenon.