Cricket fans return to a test match in England for the first time since the 2019 Ashes

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Now summer has truly arrived: fans soak up the sun as Test cricket crowds return to Lord’s for the first time since the 2019 Ashes, with 6,500 watching England and New Zealand… even after some members returned tickets due to Covid- fears

  • Lord’s capacity is limited to 25 percent for England v New Zealand
  • About 6,500 fans attended the first day of the test match
  • England’s second test against the Black Caps welcomes 18,000 fans

Cricket fans are enjoying a return to a home game in England for the first time in nearly two years, with spectators at Lord’s watching the action under London’s blazing sun.

Joe Root’s men kick off a packed schedule of international cricket this summer with a two-match test series against the world’s No. 2, New Zealand in north-west London and Birmingham.

Lord’s capacity is limited to 25 percent for each of the five days of action between the two sides.

Cricket fans enjoy a return to a home game in England for the first time in almost two years

Cricket fans enjoy a return to a home game in England for the first time in almost two years

Lord's capacity is limited to 25 percent for the match for the five days between the parties the

Lord's capacity is limited to 25 percent for the match for the five days between the parties the

Lord’s capacity is limited to 25 percent for the match for the five days between the parties the

And about 6,500 supporters have made their way to the ground for the first day of action

And about 6,500 supporters have made their way to the ground for the first day of action

And about 6,500 supporters have made their way to the ground for the first day of action

And about 6,500 fans – the maximum capacity when social distancing is taken into account – made their way to the ground on Wednesday to watch Joe Root’s men kick off their summer, also taking on India in August and September.

“As a kid growing up, going to those games meant a lot to me,” England captain Root said ahead of the first test.

“It will be great to have fans and that atmosphere back. To see people enjoying our sport again, live.’

Sports post understands that some MCC members chose not to attend despite initially purchasing tickets, and while some of those were returned, not all of them were re-sold resulting in a few empty seats on the first day .

County cricket had already welcomed fans, but now fans returned to Lord's for an international match

County cricket had already welcomed fans, but now fans returned to Lord's for an international match

County cricket had already welcomed fans, but now fans returned to Lord’s for an international match

It's the first time they've come back for a home test since the Oval Ashes Test in 2019

It's the first time they've come back for a home test since the Oval Ashes Test in 2019

It’s the first time they’ve come back for a home test since the Oval Ashes Test in 2019

However, the tickets for days two, three and four at Lord’s are all sold out.

County cricket has already welcomed supporters to its stadiums, with a capacity of 25 percent since May 17, more than a month after the season started on April 8.

But now fans have returned to an international game in England for the first time since Joe Root’s men took a final day win at The Oval in September 2019 to draw the Ashes against Australia.

England defeated the West Indies and Pakistan in a closed-door home Test series last summer. They also faced Pakistan and Australia without crowds on home soil in 2020 in limited overs series.

The Edgbaston test between Root’s men and Kane Williamson, which begins on June 10, will welcome 18,000 fans, having been selected as the first of the government’s newest pilot events for increased attendance at sporting events.

England faced West Indies and Pakistan in closed-door home tests in 2020

England faced West Indies and Pakistan in closed-door home tests in 2020

England faced West Indies and Pakistan in closed-door home tests in 2020

The Ageas Bowl is then expected to admit 4,000 fans to the inaugural World Test Championship final between New Zealand and India, which starts in Southampton on 18 June.

New Zealand won the toss at Lord’s and chose to bat first, before entering the first hour of the game without losing a wicket, as Tom Latham and debutant Devon Conway appeared to lay solid foundations and seemed comfortable with the crease.

However, England debutant Ollie Robinson then sacked Latham, with the New Zealander finishing the first session at 85 for one.

England players also wore t-shirts before the action started to show their support in the fight against racism and all other forms of discrimination.

That day also marked New Zealand’s first return to Lord’s since their dramatic defeat in the World Cup final against Eoin Morgan’s men in July 2019.

England wore anti-discrimination t-shirts before the game started on day one of the Test

England wore anti-discrimination t-shirts before the game started on day one of the Test

England wore anti-discrimination t-shirts before the game started on day one of the Test

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