Pope ‘not affected’ by pitch invader after offender arrested at England Test

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  • Invader held on suspicion of assault after Bairstow collision
  • Ollie Pope: ‘I don’t know how he got on the pitch again’

A serial pitch invader has been arrested on suspicion of assault after running on to the pitch during England’s Test match against India at the Oval and steamrolling into Jonny Bairstow on his way to the middle, where he managed to bowl a ball before being hauled away by stewards.

It is the third time this series that the same man has made it on to the field, after previous interventions at Lord’s and Headingley, but he is liable to find future exploits more difficult even after he is released from the south London police station to which he was taken on Friday morning.

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