Pitch invader Daniel Jarvis, famously known as ‘Jarvo 69’, once again breached the security and made an appearance at The Oval during the fourth Test match between India and England. It was the third consecutive time in the ongoing five-match Test series that Jarvo invaded the pitch.
England batsman Ollie Pope was batting with Jonny Bairstow when Jarvo entered the ground and the match was stopped. Pope was surprised to see him breaking the security for the third time.
“Jarvo has made a few appearances this series. I don’t know how he’s got on the pitch again, to be honest; I try to stay in my bubble and don’t let it affect me. Just block it out,” said Pope in a virtual press conference.
“He just stops the play for five minutes every time he comes on. You’ve just got to try and block it out. The art of batting is to switch on and off – you try to switch off in between. Whatever happens before or between balls, I try to get into a good place for that next ball,” he added.
Jarvo has been apprehended by the police after his act at The Oval. He had crashed into Bairstow while running in to bowl with the ball in his hand.
Pope also talked about his important knock for England which saved them after a collapse of 53/4. England managed to take 99 runs despite a poor show by the top order and they posted a total of 290 runs in the first innings.
“I have watched how Rooty [Joe Root] has played in this series, how he’s gone about it. Had good conversations with coaches and senior players; I think I recognized that the Indian attack is very skilled. Their main course is to attack that knee roll,” he said.
“As a batter, you’re going to get out somehow whether the team is attacking the fifth stump as much as they can or whether they attack the knee roll as much as they can.
“I recognized that you’ve got to adapt your game accordingly. That’s what I’ve done; probably decided a couple of weeks ago that that was how I was going to go about my business,” he added.