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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Calls for a super over to decide the Ashes have sadly been ignored.
A truly remarkable summer for English cricket concluded at the Oval.
Water fell from the sky in large quantities.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
England look to defend a target of 399 to escape the series with a draw.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.