A cricket fan who interrupted the fourth Test between England and India at The Oval by running onto the pitch and appearing to clatter into Jonny Bairstow has been arrested on suspicion of assault.
Daniel Jarvis, aka Jarvo 69, has now entered the field of play three times during the ongoing series, first appearing during the second Test at Lord's where he ran onto the pitch after lunch.
He was wearing an Indian Test shirt and attempted to convince security that he was part of the team.
At the next game at Headingley, he got onto the field while padded up as a batter after Rohit Sharma was dismissed.
This time, he ran on with a cricket ball in hand and bowled a delivery to Ollie Pope, before appearing to barge into an unsuspecting Bairstow who was at the non-striker's end.
An ECB spokesperson condemned the incident, saying: "Any pitch invasion is completely unacceptable.
"The ECB and our host venues do not tolerate any such behaviour which risks the safety of players, officials and staff.
"The ECB works closely with all our venues to share information and enhance their security operation."
It has now emerged that the pitch invader has been arrested on suspicion of assault and he is currently in custody at a police station in south London.
Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports as the incident unfolded, former England captain Michael Atherton said: "It was quite amusing the first time he did it, but I'm afraid it's rather lost its humour now."
Ian Ward then added: "He's now collided into Jonny Bairstow. This is unacceptable."
Reacting on Twitter, Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle questioned how the same pitch invader managed to bypass security for the third time.
"I think a few people need to be sacked at grounds in England", he wrote "This is a very serious security lapse and it just continues. Not even a prank anymore. #Jarvo #Idiot."
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