England cricketers take Tube to reach The Oval for Day 3’s play vs South Africa
Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson were among those who took train like a commoner on Saturday to reach The Oval for Day 3’s play vs South AfricaUpdated: Jul 30, 2017 15:07 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Before they consolidated their hold on the ongoing third Test at The Oval against South Africa, a few of England cricketers took the underground tube in London to reach the ground which is hosting his record 100th Test match, on Saturday.
On a rain-truncated third day of the ongoing third Test, England shot South Africa out for a mere 175, and by the time the play was stopped, the hosts had accumulated an overall lead of 252 runs with nine wickets intact in their second essay.
England had posted an at-par total of 353 in their first innings, and seized control of the Test when debutant Toby Roland-Jones wreaked havoc in the South African ranks, claiming 5 for 57.
Roland-Jones was in that bunch of cricketers who on Saturday morning took the London tube from the Bank Station. England captain Joe Root, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and Jonny Bairstow were among those who took the train like the common London commuter to his workplace.
As they waited for the train to arrive, Broad looked content at an advertisement poster in front of him for UK broadcaster Sky Sports. Broad posted on Instagram about the train travel with his teammates.
While Root and Broad posted on social media about their travel in the tube, there was one man who seemingly enjoyed the journey without actually being there. It was Alex Hales.
You can even see the smug look of self-satisfaction from behind him pic.twitter.com/pSm7LKMIXO— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) July 29, 2017
Almost as smug as this one! pic.twitter.com/QvfhdjSyrb— Alex Hales (@AlexHales1) July 29, 2017
England were 74 for 1 in their second innings, with Keaton Jennings (34) and Tom Westley (28) at the crease.
First Published: Jul 30, 2017 13:45 IST