Soon after the first over of the morning session from James Anderson came to an end, two ‘Just Stop Oil’ protesters ran on to the ground and scattered orange powder on the field. The two men emerged from the stands and ran towards the square before releasing the powder.
England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had to then step in as he carried away one of the men off the field on his shoulder while the ground staff cleared the other person from the field of play.
Bairstow then went to the dressing room and returned after changing his shirt as play resumed after a delay of 5-10 minutes.
“We are aware of protesters on the Lord’s Cricket Ground pitch today. Police have arrested three people and taken them into custody,” the Metropolitan Police said.
Just Stop Oil protestors have disrupted other major sporting events in Britain this year. They held up the England team bus briefly during the Test against Ireland in London this month, and have targeted Premier League soccer matches, the Premiership rugby final at Twickenham, and the world snooker championship in Sheffield.
The activists want the British government to stop new fuel licensing and production.
(With inputs from agencies)