Prankster up to old tricks in fourth Test

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A self-ascribed prankster interrupted play for a third time in the Test series between England and India when he slipped past stewards and ran onto the field before colliding with a player at the Oval.

In an incident which raises further questions about the England and Wales Cricket Board's security arrangements, the man - dressed in full cricket whites - sprinted toward the wicket with a ball in his hand and hurled it down the pitch before bumping into England batsman Jonny Bairstow at the non-striker's end.

Bairstow looked stunned and spoke to one of the umpires as the intruder was escorted off the field by security to jeers.

India captain Virat Kohli was also seen in conversation with umpires after the incident during the first session.

The man in question, Daniel Jarvis, is a YouTube prankster who calls himself "Jarvo."

"A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident at the Oval Cricket Ground on Friday," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement, when asked about the intruder.

"He remains in custody at a south London police station."

The man has breached the field of play in each of the last three Tests of the series, wearing a cricket uniform on each occasion.

"Any pitch invasion is completely unacceptable," the ECB said in a statement after being contacted by The Associated Press.

"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."

Some Indian players were seen laughing when "Jarvo" joined them on the field at Lord's during the second Test.

He tried to protest his innocence when security got involved and argued he was one of the team.

In the third Test at Headingley last week, the intruder got onto the pitch wearing pads, helmet and a bat.

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