Ben Stokes: England played in honor of an incredibly inspiring Queen; Stuart Broad: Felt like a celebration of Queen’s life

Stuart Broad: “It was amazing actually. It was amazing to be a part of it. To come down those stairs every player commented on how special it was. The respect shown by everyone in the stadium was amazing It was almost a celebration of the Queen’s life today.”

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A look back at an emotional day at The Oval as the cricket community pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

A look back at an emotional day at The Oval as the cricket community pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

England captain Ben Stokes said it was an honor for his team to travel against South Africa in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II, with Stuart Broad commenting that the day felt like a celebration of the life of Her Majesty.

England’s third tiebreaker against South Africa kicked off on day three on Saturday, with players and fans observing an immaculate minute’s silence in honor of the Queen.

Before the match started, tributes at the Kia Oval included a guard of honor, a minute’s silence and the national anthems, which saw a moving rendition of “God Save the King”.

For Stokes, Broad, the fans on the pitch and the Sky Sports Cricket commentary team including Michael Atherton, Kevin Pietersen, Nasser Hussain and Andrew Strauss, it was a special day and described as an “extraordinary moment”.

England captain Ben Stokes told Sky Sports:

“This is very sad news not only for the nation, but for the world.

“He’s someone who has dedicated his life to the nation, and that’s something we can look up to in an incredible way.

“We are honored to be able to walk in memory of the Queen.

England cricket captain Ben Stokes says the Queen has been an inspiration to him and his team

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England cricket captain Ben Stokes says the Queen has been an inspiration to him and his team

England cricket captain Ben Stokes says the Queen has been an inspiration to him and his team

“We know how much she loved sport. The show must go on. Sport is something that brings people together.

“I’m sure she’ll be proud that we’re walking in her honor.”

Highlights from day three of the third LV=Insurance Test between England and South Africa at The Oval

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Highlights from day three of the third LV=Insurance Test between England and South Africa at The Oval

Highlights from day three of the third LV=Insurance Test between England and South Africa at The Oval

England’s Stuart Broad told Sky Sports:

“It was amazing actually. It was amazing to be a part of it.

“Going down those stairs, every player commented on how special it was to come down: you could hear a pin drop. The respect shown by everyone in the stadium was incredible.

“To be able to sing the national anthem, with a full house, about to represent your country, it was great.

Stuart Broad looks back on day three of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval and says it felt like a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's life

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Stuart Broad looks back on day three of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval and says it felt like a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s life

Stuart Broad looks back on day three of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval and says it felt like a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s life

“I feel really happy with whoever decided to put this game on; it was almost like a celebration of the Queen’s life today.

“It was good to be there representing the badge like we are today.”

Michael Atherton of Sky Sports Cricket said:

“An extraordinary moment it was – to reflect on an incredible life of service. Incredibly moving.

“I think cricket is right this morning. I think it’s the right thing to play.

England pay tribute to Queen ahead of third Test at Oval

England pay tribute to Queen ahead of third Test at Oval

“I think the vast majority of people in the UK would like the sport to continue and use the sporting community – thousands of people coming together – to remember a life of great service.

“I think it will be an occasion that people on this pitch, and watching in the UK and around the world, will long remember.”

Sky Sports Cricket’s Kevin Pietersen:

“Spiciness. Goosebumps…absolutely everything about this morning was unique.

“It was quite extraordinary the way that minute’s silence was observed. You could hear a pin drop here in south London this morning.

“It was probably one of the most respected minutes of silence I’ve ever seen. I get goosebumps now just thinking about the applause and applause right after the minute’s silence and the national anthems. “

Sky Sports looks back at Queen Elizabeth II's passion for sport, including horse racing

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Sky Sports looks back at Queen Elizabeth II’s passion for sport, including horse racing

Sky Sports looks back at Queen Elizabeth II’s passion for sport, including horse racing

Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain:

“Yesterday was the right thing to do, to cancel cricket – out of respect for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family, and considering what it meant to everyone.

“But it also gave the ECB a day to judge the mood of a nation and go through that royal protocol.

The Oval paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute's silence ahead of the Test match against South Africa

The Oval paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence ahead of the Test match against South Africa

“Once they understood that it was up to each sport to decide if they could go forward, I think it was the right thing to do.

“We know how much she loved her sport and her cricket. I think she would have wanted to celebrate her life.”

Former England captain Andrew Strauss told Sky Sports:

“You know, if you’ve had this opportunity, you’ve done something significant. And so I think there’s a degree of humility and humility about the opportunity to meet Her Majesty, and of course, it reflects a great moment in your life.

Former England cricketer Andrew Strauss says the Queen will leave a legacy after he died yesterday

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Former England cricketer Andrew Strauss says the Queen will leave a legacy after he died yesterday

Former England cricketer Andrew Strauss says the Queen will leave a legacy after he died yesterday

“I was also lucky enough to meet her at a private lunch she hosted for various people, and those are the times that you really think are the most defining moments of your life.

“And of course she had to deal with that every day. Every day people would meet her thinking it would be the greatest moment of their lives.

“The pressure, expectations and sense of national duty that accompanied her every time she went out in public were enormous and that is why we need to step back, reflect, contemplate and mourn.

“And also understand that this is the end of a very important era.”



Ben Stokes: England played in honor of an incredibly inspiring Queen; Stuart Broad: Felt like a celebration of Queen’s life

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