Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Halt Play for Victims of Terror Attack

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Halt Play for Victims of Terror Attack

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent at Cardiff

ENGLAND'S match against New Zealand in Cardiff was paused at 11am today to permit a minute's silence for the victims of Saturday's London terror attack.

After an announcement was made over the public address system, the Champions Trophy match came to a halt. The 13 players on the field and the umpires stepped to one side of the pitch and stood in line. The players also wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the victims.

Seven people were killed and a further 48 injured after three men drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then left the vehicle and carried out knife attacks in nearby Borough Market.

All teams involved in the Champions Trophy have received detailed safety briefings since the attack, while England captain Eoin Morgan said security around the team had increased. The ICC remain confident that none of the eight sides competing is considering withdrawing.

Three England players Ben Stokes, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood were staying at a hotel barely a mile from the attacks.

Armed police were present at the ground today, as they have been for other internationals this summer, including the match between England and South Africa at Headingley on May 24, two days after the Manchester suicide attack.

Morgan admitted the players had been discussing events in London but was convinced they would be able to focus completely on cricket when the match started. They knew that victory here would guarantee a spot in the semi-finals, with one match against Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday still to play.

England made one change to the team that beat Bangladesh, with Adil Rashid restored in place of the injured Chris Woakes. Jake Ball was retained and was expected to open the bowling later in the day.

New Zealand won the toss and put England in to bat. Both Joe Root and Ben Stokes were declared fit to play.

Test skipper Root appeared to have suffered a calf injury while scoring 133 not out against Bangladesh at The Oval but he later said it had merely been cramp. …

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