Lord’s pitch invader becomes instant cult hero“Jarvo 69” attempts to convince security he’s a player.

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A pitch invader left the Indian cricket team in hysterics after he casually waltzed onto Lord’s alongside Virat Kohli and his teammates.

England was 3/216 when players returned from the lunch break on day three, but nobody noticed India had 12 men on the field.

A gentleman, who was presumably a local spectator, donning the Indian Test jersey walked towards the pitch and began ordering field changes.

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“Some random chap in whites had made his way into the middle with the Indian players, and he stood there as if he was about to take part in the Test match,” England great Michael Atherton laughed on Sky Sports.

Lord’s security quickly realised the intruder’s presence, and escorted the man dubbed “Jarvo 69” off the field despite his protests.

Indian seamer Mohammad Siraj was filmed cackling with delight as “Jarvo 69” was taken into the stands.

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England captain Joe Root hit his second successive century of the series as India failed to muster a wicket in the morning session.

It was the 22nd century of Root’s Test career and his seventh against India.

Root and teammate Jonny Bairstow combined for a critical 121-run partnership before the wicketkeeper was removed by Siraj for 57 after the lunch break.

Not for the first time, the England skipper had come in to bat with his side in trouble, reduced to 2/23 on Friday when Siraj removed Dom Sibley and the recalled Haseeb Hameed with successive deliveries.

Root was the only England batsman to pass fifty in last week’s rain-marred drawn Test at Trent Bridge, with scores of 64 and 109.

– with AFP

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